The Centre for Child Rights and Business supports companies to deliver improvements within their supply chains that benefit workers, families and children, and deliver positive business outcomes.
Our mission is to improve the lives of children by working with companies to promote and respect children’s rights in all their operations, with a particular focus on supply chains. Throughout our work, we strive to create tangible and long-term impact that serves both children, parent workers and business.
We offer global expertise, services, support, research and insights covering a broad range of child rights and business issues across multiple sectors and countries.
Our services cover child labour prevention and remediation, child rights risks assessments, support packages for young workers and other vulnerable groups, and a comprehensive set of services to create family-friendly workplaces in supply chains, including child friendly spaces and migrant parents training. Our supply chain mapping and risk assessments help businesses to understand where and how their supply chain-related operations impact children, and provide concrete recommendations to manage risks.
We work primarily in countries across Asia, but also have staff and projects located in Africa, Australia, Europe and The Americas.
The Centre is currently working with Save the Children Mexico to establish a similar centre for child rights and business (El Centro) in Mexico City that will serve businesses in Mexico and Latin America. Click here for more details.
The Centre for Child Rights and Business was founded by Rädda Barnen AB and officially began operating in China in 2010 as a social enterprise with the mission to work with businesses to improve the lives of children affected by their operations. Our original name was The Centre for Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility (CCR CSR), with a small team of child rights experts and staff based in Beijing.
Since then, we’ve grown into a global team of over 35 staff based in 10 countries deliver child rights and business services and support to over 100 companies and thousands of suppliers across a range of business sectors. As of January 2021, we changed our name to The Centre for Child Rights and Business (shortened version ‘The Centre’). Read our FAQ to learn more about this change.
Our goal is to support and deliver sustainable solutions to businesses that create positive changes for children, young workers, parent workers and the businesses themselves. We strive to help companies understand where change is needed, and leverage our expertise as well as the companies’ reach to eradicate risks and create positive impact.
We thoroughly understand the challenges and the opportunities that come with efforts to address child rights and we always embrace a holistic and outcome-oriented approach that works for everyone. We believe businesses have the potential to be a driver for good and we are committed to supporting them every step of the way.
Our work has created positive impact for thousands of children, parent workers and young workers to date. Each year, we support companies to identify, address and prevent cases of child labour across Asia and beyond, providing child labour remediation delivered by our in-county experts to create a brighter future for children.
At the same time, businesses that work with us benefit from multitude of positive outcomes, better risk management and compliance in supply chains, reduced risk of child labour, increased workforce stability and satisfaction in factories, improved recruitment and retention, reduced exposure to regulatory or other liabilities and strengthened corporate reputation among customers.
To date, we have The Centre’s service to highly professional, reliable and efficient, with The Centre always on standby to help gather time-sensitive information, draw up tailored remediation programmes and implement them from start to finish.－ASOS
Joining the Working Group complements some of our most significant initiatives within MTP, including our work with village representatives, our staff, and contractors about child’s rights and implementing policies surrounding the protection of vulnerable children in the communities where we operate.－Phonesavanh Chindamany, Sustainability Manager at Mekong Timber Plantations, Mekong Timber Plantations