Click here to close now.



Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Talend Inc., Charlotte Spencer-Smith, Sanjay Uppal, Liz McMillan, Ed Featherston

News Feed Item

Government of Canada Welcomes Release of Business Principles to Protect Children's Rights

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 02/13/14 -- Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, today welcomed the Canadian release of the Children's Rights and Business Principles. The Principles offer guidance to businesses on respect for children's rights in the workplace, marketplace and communities which they operate. Speaking at the Principles' Canadian release at the Canadian Club in Toronto, Ms. Brown encouraged Canadian businesses to integrate the ten principles into their business practices and help Canada achieve its international development goal of securing the future of children and youth while pursuing sustainable economic growth.

"The Government's top development priority is maternal, newborn and child health, and as such we are proud to support this initiative," stated PS Brown. "As governments, as companies, as civil society, as individuals-we all have a role to play in ensuring children, particularly those in developing countries, have a chance at a bright future."

Developed by UNICEF, Save the Children and the UN Global Compact, the ten principles will provide a new tool for responsible business conduct, and are the first comprehensive set of principles that set out concrete actions, with accompanying tools, for businesses to respect and support children's rights.

"We are pleased the Government of Canada has taken an important first step by encouraging Canadian businesses to respect children's rights," said David Morley, President and Chief Executive Officer, UNICEF Canada. "By working together, we can ensure that we do not harm children, but instead help all children to grow to their full potential. Not only is this in keeping with our Canadian values but it makes good business sense."

Quick Facts


--  The Children's Rights and Business Principles were initiated in 2010 in
    response to a call from the United Nations for companies to address the
    needs of children. 
    
--  More than 30 countries have launched the principles since March 2012,
    demonstrating joint commitment from the private sector, governments and
    civil society towards children and youth. 
    
--  Prime Minister Stephen Harper has identified maternal, newborn and child
    health (MNCH) as Canada's "flagship development priority". 
    

Related Products

- Children's Rights and Business Principles

- Address by Ms. Lois Brown, on Behalf of Minister Paradis: Canadian Launch of the Children's Rights and Business Principles

Related Links

- Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Follow us on Twitter: @DFATD_Dev

Backgrounder

Children's Rights and Business Principles

The Children's Rights and Business Principles are intended to guide and encourage businesses to respect and support children's rights as part of their activities in the workplace, marketplace and community.

Launched in 2012, the Principles were initiated in 2010 in response to a call from the UN for companies to address the rights of children. UNICEF, Save the Children, and the UN Global Compact worked with businesses, civil society and children around the world in their design and implementation.

Canada is one of more than 30 countries that have launched the principles.

The ten Children's Rights and Business Principles call on businesses to consider how their activities and business relationships affect boys and girls. Specifically, all businesses should:


1.  Meet their responsibility to respect children's rights and commit to
    supporting the human rights of children. 
    
2.  Contribute to the elimination of child labour, including in all business
    activities and business relationships. 
    
3.  Provide decent work for young workers, parents and caregivers. 
    
4.  Ensure the protection and safety of children in all business activities
    and facilities. 
    
5.  Ensure that products and services are safe, and seek to support
    children's rights through them. 
    
6.  Use marketing and advertising that respect and support children's
    rights. 
    
7.  Respect and support children's rights in relation to the environment and
    to land acquisition and use. 
    
8.  Respect and support children's rights in security arrangements. 
    
9.  Help protect children affected by emergencies. 
    
10. Reinforce community and government efforts to protect and fulfill
    children's rights. 
    

For more information visit Children's Rights and Business Principles.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Ful...
SYS-CON Events announced today that VAI, a leading ERP software provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.) is a leading independent mid-market ERP software developer renowned for its flexible solutions and ability to automate critical business functions for the distribution, manufacturing, specialty retail and service sectors. An IBM Premier Business Part...
The cloud promises new levels of agility and cost-savings for Big Data, data warehousing and analytics. But it’s challenging to understand all the options – from IaaS and PaaS to newer services like HaaS (Hadoop as a Service) and BDaaS (Big Data as a Service). In her session at @BigDataExpo at @ThingsExpo, Hannah Smalltree, a director at Cazena, will provide an educational overview of emerging “as-a-service” options for Big Data in the cloud. This is critical background for IT and data profes...
With an estimated 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, several industries will begin to expand their capabilities for retaining end point data at the edge to better utilize the range of data types and sheer volume of M2M data generated by the Internet of Things. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Don DeLoach, CEO and President of Infobright, will discuss the infrastructures businesses will need to implement to handle this explosion of data by providing specific use cases for filte...
Fortunately, meaningful and tangible business cases for IoT are plentiful in a broad array of industries and vertical markets. These range from simple warranty cost reduction for capital intensive assets, to minimizing downtime for vital business tools, to creating feedback loops improving product design, to improving and enhancing enterprise customer experiences. All of these business cases, which will be briefly explored in this session, hinge on cost effectively extracting relevant data from ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 ad...
Most people haven’t heard the word, “gamification,” even though they probably, and perhaps unwittingly, participate in it every day. Gamification is “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation.” Further, gamification is about bringing game mechanics – rules, constructs, processes, and methods – into the real world in an effort to engage people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Endo, owner and engagement manager of Intrepid D...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Fusion, a leading provider of cloud services, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Fusion, a leading provider of integrated cloud solutions to small, medium and large businesses, is the industry's single source for the cloud. Fusion's advanced, proprietary cloud service platform enables the integration of leading edge solutions in the cloud, including clou...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management...
As enterprises work to take advantage of Big Data technologies, they frequently become distracted by product-level decisions. In most new Big Data builds this approach is completely counter-productive: it presupposes tools that may not be a fit for development teams, forces IT to take on the burden of evaluating and maintaining unfamiliar technology, and represents a major up-front expense. In his session at @BigDataExpo at @ThingsExpo, Andrew Warfield, CTO and Co-Founder of Coho Data, will dis...
With the Apple Watch making its way onto wrists all over the world, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a staple in the workplace. In fact, Forrester reported that 68 percent of technology and business decision-makers characterize wearables as a top priority for 2015. Recognizing their business value early on, FinancialForce.com was the first to bring ERP to wearables, helping streamline communication across front and back office functions. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kevin Roberts...
Eighty percent of a data scientist’s time is spent gathering and cleaning up data, and 80% of all data is unstructured and almost never analyzed. Cognitive computing, in combination with Big Data, is changing the equation by creating data reservoirs and using natural language processing to enable analysis of unstructured data sources. This is impacting every aspect of the analytics profession from how data is mined (and by whom) to how it is delivered. This is not some futuristic vision: it's ha...
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
Learn how IoT, cloud, social networks and last but not least, humans, can be integrated into a seamless integration of cooperative organisms both cybernetic and biological. This has been enabled by recent advances in IoT device capabilities, messaging frameworks, presence and collaboration services, where devices can share information and make independent and human assisted decisions based upon social status from other entities. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Heydt, founder of Seamless...
The IoT's basic concept of collecting data from as many sources possible to drive better decision making, create process innovation and realize additional revenue has been in use at large enterprises with deep pockets for decades. So what has changed? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Prasanna Sivaramakrishnan, Solutions Architect at Red Hat, discussed the impact commodity hardware, ubiquitous connectivity, and innovations in open source software are having on the connected universe of people, thi...
WebRTC: together these advances have created a perfect storm of technologies that are disrupting and transforming classic communications models and ecosystems. In his session at WebRTC Summit, Cary Bran, VP of Innovation and New Ventures at Plantronics and PLT Labs, provided an overview of this technological shift, including associated business and consumer communications impacts, and opportunities it may enable, complement or entirely transform.
There are so many tools and techniques for data analytics that even for a data scientist the choices, possible systems, and even the types of data can be daunting. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Harrold, Global CTO for Big Data Solutions for EMC Corporation, showed how to perform a simple, but meaningful analysis of social sentiment data using freely available tools that take only minutes to download and install. Participants received the download information, scripts, and complete end-t...
For manufacturers, the Internet of Things (IoT) represents a jumping-off point for innovation, jobs, and revenue creation. But to adequately seize the opportunity, manufacturers must design devices that are interconnected, can continually sense their environment and process huge amounts of data. As a first step, manufacturers must embrace a new product development ecosystem in order to support these products.
Manufacturing connected IoT versions of traditional products requires more than multiple deep technology skills. It also requires a shift in mindset, to realize that connected, sensor-enabled “things” act more like services than what we usually think of as products. In his session at @ThingsExpo, David Friedman, CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks, discussed how when sensors start generating detailed real-world data about products and how they’re being used, smart manufacturers can use the dat...
When it comes to IoT in the enterprise, namely the commercial building and hospitality markets, a benefit not getting the attention it deserves is energy efficiency, and IoT’s direct impact on a cleaner, greener environment when installed in smart buildings. Until now clean technology was offered piecemeal and led with point solutions that require significant systems integration to orchestrate and deploy. There didn't exist a 'top down' approach that can manage and monitor the way a Smart Buildi...