TDH puts child rights on agenda international sustainability conference

Terre des Hommes succeeded on putting child rights on the agenda of a high level international sustainability conference in India. Today, on the third day of the Sustainability Standards: International Dialogue & Conference (ISS), Terre des Hommes is co-hosting a session on business and children’s rights. It is the first time that children’s rights are discussed in one of the key-thematic sessions, highlighting the importance of this topic.

Children's rights

Not only risk management

During the session Terre des Hommes elaborated on the Human Rights Business Frameworks and the need for the private sector to conduct human rights due diligence. More importantly it was stressed that the private sector has an important role to play in ensuring children’s rights. “We encourage the private sector to move away from a risk-management perspective only and move towards working on impactful solutions in supply chains and for the local communities” explained, child right expert, Aysel Sabahoglu.

Engagement of the private sector

In the Mica program in India Terre des Hommes works closely together with the private sector. Mica is a mineral that is processed in many products such as make up, electronics and paint. In the Indian mica mines work approximately 20.000 children.

Terre des Hommes invited other NGO-partners to participate in the round table to share their experience and best practices of engaging the private sector in their programmes. The key message expressed by many participants was to have an open and constructive dialogue with the private stakeholder and other stakeholders, to acknowledge that children rights violations are taking place and that there is a need to start acting together.

Living wages

Thangaperumal Ponpandi, Country Manager of Terre des Hommes in India participated in the panel discussion during the session of Fair Prices and Living wages in the apparel Industry in India. He brought to the table the importance of living wages as one of the means to prevent child abuse.

Multi-stakeholder

Tirza Voss, Private Sector Advisor of Terre des Hommes was a panelist during the Human Rights in Business Policy session. She highlighted the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach using the case example of the Responsible Mica Initiative to work towards a fair and responsible Indian mica supply chain in which all human rights are respected.

The conference

The Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) has been organising its flagship annual conference since 2014. The event offers an occasion for participants to discuss challenges and opportunities presented by international and Indian Sustainability Standards and Collaborative Sustainability Initiatives, in supporting business and policy contributions towards positive social, economic and environmental impacts in India and beyond. Many stakeholders are represented at the ISS 2017; incl. Indian and international policy actors, government agencies, standard setters, large and small businesses, civil society, academia, and media agencies. All actors engage for participatory and inclusive dialogues on opportunities and challenges for promoting responsible business in India and beyond, with special reference to sustainability standards and collaborative sustainability initiatives.

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