Children and youth visit many different types of local businesses. Corner stores, grocery stores, malls, restaurants and banks are a few examples of businesses they visit both with their parents and on their own. When young people go to local businesses unaccompanied by their parents, they may come into conflict with managers or employees who are concerned about shoplifting or with their other consumers concerned about unattended children and youth. Youth are a significant consumer group and influence family spending habits. Yet, despite this fact, many youth feel that they are not treated with respect by local businesses.
Child and youth friendly businesses are spaces that welcome children, youth and families, provide facilities, services, and amenities that meet their needs, and treat young people with respect when they are on their own. By encouraging businesses to offer family-friendly amenities, services, and having family-friendly attitudes, businesses gain loyal, satisfied, repeat customers, and families know where they are welcome in the community when they conduct their day-to-day business.
UNCRC and LOCAL BUSINESSES
Article 3 is about what is best for children
Adults should always make a decision by considering what is in the best interest of the child.
Article 12 is about the views of the child
Children and young people have a right to participate in all matters affecting them, and those views should be given due weight “in accordance with the age and maturity of the child”.
Article 13 is about receiving and sharing information
Children and young people have the right to get and to share information as long as the information is not damaging to them or others. Businesses have a responsibility to protect children and youth from inappropriate content.
Article 32 protects young workers
Children and youth have the right to protection from work that is bad for their health or education.
"It is important that businesses work... to better understand human rights and the implications their actions have over people's lives."
~ Young Person in Paraguay, Children's Consultation for the Children's Rights and Business Principles Initiative