CRBP Grassroots Initiative: The Children and Business Nigeria Network

CRBP Grassroots Initiative: The Children and Business Nigeria Network

This Day Live recently interviewed Ms. Toyin Olakanpo, founder of the Children and Business Nigeria Network, on the impact of the 2012 launch of the UN Children’s Rights and Business Principles on the Nigerian business sector and why business CEOs need to be involved.

Ms. Olakanpo was very direct in explaining how the 2012 launch has had very little effect in raising awareness of the responsibility companies should take to protect the rights of children, mainly because businesses have a hard time thinking beyond child labor and chuld abuse.

Ms. Olakanpo stated that "I think a lot of advocacy is needed in this area which is why I founded the Children and Business Network Nigeria - an advocacy initiative to engage the private sector to make a serious commitment in the support of Children’s Rights through their HR Practices and CSR Targets."

The Children and Business Nigeria Network hosted its 1st Annual CEO Forum on Children’s Rights and the Business Sector on May 30, in Lagos, Nigeria. A principle sponsor of the forum was Addax Petroleum, a subsidiary of the Sinopec Group, one of the largest oil and gas producers in China, the biggest oil refiner in Asia and the third largest worldwide.

Please click here to read the full interview and click here to read more about ADDAX Petroleum and their decision to sponsor the forum.

Date Published: May 12, 2013