Clifford Chance has echoed the UK Government's landmark commitment to promoting family and community-based care for all children, as announced at this week's Global Disability Summit, by joining forces with UBS Optimus Foundation and Allen & Overy to launch a new ‘Private Sector Pact'.

Led by international charity Hope & Homes for Children, a global strategic pro bono client of Clifford Chance, this new Pact sets out a pathway for change to ensure businesses can play a leading role in eliminating the growing problem of orphanages in the developing world.

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In strong support of the UK Government’s commitment at the Global Disability Summit to help make families (and not orphanages) the reality for every child, and recognising that institutionalisation, in all its forms, harms children’s physical, emotional, psychological and psychosocial development – the undersigned organisations (comprising major multinational companies) have launched the ‘Private Sector Taskforce’, to help eliminate orphanages within our lifetime. In-line with international treaties and best practice, including the UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we share the UK’s pledge to all children realising their right to family care - and that no child is left behind. We are committed to ensuring our businesses do not, either directly or indirectly, contribute towards the institutionalisation of children; and to instead support family and community based services. We are exploring how this approach can be integrated into our business models including through:

  • Creating internal policy positions against resourcing institutions;
  • Stopping support for orphanages throughout supplier networks;
  • Redirecting resources towards family-based care;
  • Encouraging the financial and legislative change required to transition away from orphanages;
  • Where appropriate, seeking to influence the policy and practice of our sector peers, to create wider global consensus on making orphanages unacceptable.
Theme: Other
Year: 2019