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Children's Rights

We are committed to the protection of children's rights in our operations, undertaking actions to eliminate child labour, ensuring the protection and safety of children in our facilities, producing child safe products & services and supporting advocacy efforts.
Objective
To continuously uphold the rights of children, especially in the areas that we operate.
Progress
In 2013, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Global Compact and Save the Children launched the Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP) - the first comprehensive set of principles to guide companies to address children’s rights in business operations. Sime Darby, together with over 30 other companies, were involved in the development of the implementation tool kit and workbook. Guided by the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework, we have conducted trainings to socialise the CRBP and assess its impact on our business operations.

On-going impact assessments are conducted, which aims to integrate child rights within key areas of our operations including vendor management, marketing, communications, human resources and information technology (IT).

The Group’s commitment also extends to our employees’ children and members of civil society. A total of 21 School Holiday Camps were conducted in an effort to engage, empower and educate employees’ children on child protection issues. Sime Darby also collaborated with the Association of Registered Childcare Providers Malaysia (ARCPM) to advocate children’s rights through workshops and trainings for over 1,400 beneficiaries from NGOs, members of the public, child care operators and government agencies.
Approach
Developed in 2010, the Sime Darby Child Protection Policy upholds the rights of children, particularly in the areas where we operate. The Policy outlines the need to maintain a child safe environment beyond issues of child labour and the responsibility of our stakeholders in operationalising children’s rights in business operations. The Policy is operationalised through various initiatives in an effort to create a well-informed environment. A monitoring and reporting structure has also been established to escalate any concerns in relation to children. Moving forward, the Group envisions that both the Child Protection Policy and CRBP will be embedded throughout our business.
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