He currently advises a number of companies on integrating academic research and human rights due diligence processes into business strategy and operations. His focus is helping to design and develop companies that respect and promote the well-being of children and youth, including their rights, participation and expression.
Nick is an alumni of Ryerson University in their Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Studies program. His ongoing research focuses on a children’s rights-based approach to public-private partnerships in an emerging, digitally-facilitated knowledge economy and corporate partnerships in the provision of international aid in education. During his studies, he also worked at Microsoft within a global education initiative and consulted senior-level executives on the integration of children’s rights into Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies.
My guiding framework, which I hope to embed in all my projects and partnerships, is the concept of ‘child participation’ as defined by various international frameworks. The UNICEF, UN Global Compact, and Save the Children define ‘child participation’ as:
“…one of the four core principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this includes processes that encourage and enable children to articulate and convey their views on issues that affect them.
It also involves information sharing and dialogue between children and adults based on mutual respect in an environment that facilitates freedom of expression.
Such processes must be authentic, inclusive and meaningful and should take into account the evolving capacities of children and enable them to learn constructive ways to influence the world around them.
There should be a commitment to consider children’s opinions – including girls and boys, the most marginalized, the vulnerable, and those of different ages and abilities.
Their views should be respected, heard and taken into account in all decisions and actions affecting them. Participation should not be tokenistic and should not exploit children.”
UN Global Compact: http://www.unglobalcompact.org/Issues/human_rights/childrens_principles.html
UNICEF and CSR:
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC):
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