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❗Over the past six years, a staggering 43 million children have been displaced, each day witnessing the heartbreaking equivalent of 20,000 young lives disrupted by extreme weather events. A groundbreaking analysis by UNICEF and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) reveals that floods and storms accounted for a staggering 95% of recorded child displacements between 2016 and 2021.
In 2021, the International Energy Agency (IEA) sounded a dire warning that the world must cease further expansion of oil, gas, and coal production to avert catastrophic climate breakdown. However, recent United Nations assessments reveal alarmingly off-track reductions in emissions, further intensifying the climate crisis.
The consequences of displacement are universally traumatic, yet for children, the toll is especially devastating, with their education disrupted, life-saving vaccines missed, and social networks shattered. Recognising this crisis, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child announced at the end of August that nations must take decisive action in safeguarding children’s environmental rights.
With authoritative guidance on the fundamental right of children to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment, the Committee is urging governments to regulate business activities. Our mission and commitment to encouraging companies to integrate children's rights into their environmental strategies and supply chain operations resonate deeply with this call to action.
As part of our annual Benchmark report, one of the indicators we focus on is Community & Environment, looking at the impact through operations and supply chains, where companies significantly affect children’s lives through their environmental impact, with intensive land use, chemical and water usage, energy consumption, and packaging. The social impact is equally profound, affecting children's access to healthcare, education, and social protection. While these issues are primarily the responsibility of the public sector, businesses play an essential role, especially in areas with weak state protection or when companies seek to contribute to society. Find out more about our work with assessing companies:

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  • Munene Mugambi

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    When you deep it, these are mad numbers and so many livelihoods destroyed by extreme weather events. Hopefully we can do better for our children

    • Tabitha Kimani

      35 w

      Children rights need to be protected by enhancing a livable planet.

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