To increase awareness and integration of children's rights in the investment community, Sustainalytics has assessed related investor approaches and issued guidance in cooperation with UNICEF.
Benefits associated with incorporating children’s rights into business strategy and processes are numerous. For instance, products and services that better meet parents’ and children’s needs can open new markets for companies, such as digital technology that allows children living in remote areas of the world to access educational content and digital tools. Moreover, the promotion of youth employment programmes, apprenticeships and scholarships can help secure a skilled workforce and contribute positively towards corporate reputational capital. From a risk perspective, corporate actions that undermine children’s rights are – by definition – unsustainable, posing a range of legal, operational and reputational risks.