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Launch of the Business Principles for Children’s Rights

3 Apr 2012For better communities

In their effort to increase attention for underprivileged children around the world, UNICEF, Save the Children and the United Nations Global Compact launched a set of 10 Children’s Rights and Business Principles. These aim to provide a comprehensive framework for understanding and addressing the impact of business on the rights and well-being of children. As a global partner of UNICEF since 2005, and to support the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, ING was on hand for the launch.

Children are impacted by business in a multitude of ways, directly and indirectly. Meanwhile, children are key stakeholders of our business – as young clients, future employees and business leaders, and as members of the communities and environments in which we operate. We are thus fully aware of the importance of considering the impact on children in all our activities and business relationships. As an example, we strive to contribute to the elimination of child labour, by not investing under any circumstances in companies that use child labour in their activities. Also, we have made child education the central theme of our community investment programme called ING Chances for Children.

The Children’s Rights and Business Principles involve aspects such as respecting and supporting children’s rights in relation to the environment and to help children affected by emergencies. Click here to read more about the framework.

During a panel session that was organized for the launch where organizations shared their best practices, Fleur Hudig, Manager Community Investment ING, was invited to speak about ING's commitment to promote children's rights and the impact in the community of the ING Chances for Children programme and the related global partnership with UNICEF.

At ING, we will uphold the Children’s Rights and Business Principles in our activities. This requires us to actively continue to prevent harm and actively safeguard children’s interests.

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