#30ways30days: How does your business impact children and what are you doing to ensure that their wellbeing is considered? During the May, we will showcase one company example every day that demonstrates how business can positively impact children in their operations.
Our next forum will be in São Paulo, the host city for the Global Child Forum on South America, to be held on 4 April 2017. This forum and will bring together leaders and influencers from business, government, civil society and academia for one action-packed day to connect, collaborate and share best practices around some of the most pressing challenges facing children in the region. Check back for more information or contact email@example.com
Join Global Child Forum at the CSR Asia Summit – one of the most important annual events for sustainability leaders in Asia. Taking place at the Amari Watergate Bangkok on 26 & 27 September, the event is in its eleventh year and is recognized as the platform in Asia where business, government and civil society come together to network and build relationships, aiming to find solutions to today’s increasingly complex sustainability challenges. The theme for this year – future proofing sustainable business – will explore how organisations are recognizing that there are measurable benefits associated with having a sound sustainability strategy. To leverage this strategy organizations need to move from being reactive to proactive. Global Child Forum will be leading a session on Children’s rights: the risks and opportunities for business. The session will showcase ground-breaking research, good company examples and free on-line risk assessment and planning tools. We hope you can join us by registering here. Global Child Forum break-out session: Conference Day 2: 27 September 2017 (Stream D 9.00 – 10.30) The corporate sector is increasingly acknowledging that children and their rights are part of their business operations and corporate responsibility. Asian companies that integrate a child rights perspective into their business are able to unlock more market opportunities and create shareholder value. While companies have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children, there’s also a real risk to reputation and a company’s long-term sustainability in not taking children’s rights into account. This session asks:
In the 1980s ballad, The Greatest Love of All, US pop diva Whitney Houston sang, “I believe the children are our future; teach them well and let them lead the way...” While she sang convincingly, this is not a new sentiment – children have always been the future. But how and whom is responsible for ‘teaching them well and letting them lead the way’, well, that’s changing.
Knowledge ignites action. That’s why we base our work in research. We conduct studies, develop tools and write and present best practices that illustrates what business can do when challenged with safeguarding children’s rights.
How are South American companies doing on children’s rights?
The Corporate Sector and Children’s Rights in South America is the latest in a series of regional and global benchmarks, done in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), which scans companies from all compass points and identifies if they report on children’s rights indicators.
Do South American companies integrate children’s rights into core operations? Address and report on children’s rights issues? Engage with programs that benefit children?
The South American benchmark study scored 282 top companies headquartered in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador and Uruguay on these, and other, indicators. The benchmark then assigns both an aggregate regional score as well as individual company scores. All companies included in the study also receive a scorecard with their result and are given an opportunity to respond or give feedback.
Regional Industry Results (Average score per industry)
The benchmark report was launched at the Global Child Forum on South America on April 4th 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil.
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Millicom is an international telecommunications and media company and offers a wide range of digital services primarily under the “Tigo” brand. Through their due-diligence and community initiatives, the company is committed to mitigating potential risks to children posed by their operations. Millicom also engages with the communities in which they operate in an effort to promote the opportunities technology can offer children and build awareness of children’s rights. This Deep Dive is part of our series that looks at how companies find solutions and harness opportunities that create meaningful change.
Centrais Elétricas de Santa Catarina – CELESC, provides large areas of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina with electricity. As a partially state-owned service provider, the company has strong ties to the local communities that they serve, and has identified a number of ways to make a direct contribution to children’s rights. This Deep Dive is part of our series that looks at how companies find solutions and harness opportunities that create meaningful change. (Image/photo credit: CELESC)
“As a big company with operations in a large geographical area, we have the opportunity to reach many people and make a difference in society.” Regina Schlickmann Luciano* * *
Socio-Environmental Responsibility Advisor, CELESC
As one of the leading providers of telecommunications services in Argentina, Grupo Telecom is conscious of their impact on the everyday lives of their customers. Understanding that children and adolescents are important users of their services, the company has identified protection online as a management priority. This Deep Dive is part of our series that looks at how companies find solutions and harness opportunities that create meaningful change. (Image/photo credit: Grupo Telecom) * * *
“In the era of mobile connectivity, where children have access to multiple devices, it’s vital to equip them with a critical judgement that provides them with the necessary resources for their protection. It is also important that parents and adults can guide children in the responsible use of technology, so that they can learn in a safe and constructive environment.” Pedro Lopez Matheu
Director of Government Relations, Communication and Media
In the recent report The Corporate Sector and Children’s Rights in the Nordic Region, Global Child Forum and the Boston Consulting Group published the results from a benchmarking of how the 299 largest1 listed Nordic companies address children’s rights in their public reporting. To compare the findings from the screening of publicly listed companies, we assessed 30 non-listed Nordic companies; the 15 largest privately owned and the 15 largest state-owned. A summary of those results are presented below2. Of a total possible score of 9, the privately owned companies scored on average 2.1 points, while state-owned companies scored 3.7 on average. In contrast, the 15 largest listed companies scored 5.1 on average. One explanation for the difference could be due to the region’s stringent regulations on sustainability, reporting, and board accountability that affect primarily listed and state-owned companies. Due to the small sample size, not all industries are fully represented; approximately half of the private companies are in the Consumer Goods industry, with the remainder spread across Oil, Gas and Utilities, Food and Beverage and Industrials. The state-owned companies assessed are in all of the industries except ICT. RESULTS PER INDICATOR (%) When looking at the results for each of the indicators, it is notable that:
SCA is one of the world’s largest companies in personal care products, with presence in approximately 100 countries. This Deep Dive looks at their journey on the way to recognising children as key stakeholders to their company and ensuring that children’s rights are integrated into their daily operations. It also describes how SCA has entered several strategic collaborations and partnerships with different organizations to further children’s rights in different ways, but always integrated with their core business. This Deep Dive is part of our series that looks at how companies find solutions and harness opportunities that create meaningful change. (Photo credit: SCA – Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi)
How are Nordic companies doing on children’s rights? Nordic companies have a reputation for innovation and socially responsible forward-thinking. But how do the Nordics stack up when reporting on children’s rights? Global Child Forum just launched the report focusing on the Nordic region – Children’s Rights and the Corporate Sector in the Nordic Region. This study is the latest in a series of regional and global benchmarks which scans companies from all compass points and identifies if they report on children’s rights indicators. Do Nordic companies integrate children’s rights into core operations? Address and report on children’s rights issues? Engage with programs that benefit children? The Nordic benchmark study scores 300 top companies headquartered in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland on these, and other, indicators. The benchmark then assigns both an aggregate regional score as well as individual company scores. All companies included in the study also receive a scorecard with their result and are given an opportunity to respond or give feedback.
This benchmark study investigates the 289 largest publicly traded companies in Southeast Asia (based on revenue for 2014). Without measuring actual performance or compliance, the study aims to highlight if and how these companies address and report on children’s rights by reviewing and assessing publicly available information against nine indicators. The 289 companies selected represent nine different industry sectors that are exposed to or whose operations impact children’s rights issues. The purpose of the benchmark studies is to to analyse trends on a global and regional scale and to enable tracking of progress on how the corporate sector addresses children’s rights over time.
Sansiri is a leading private real estate company in Thailand with a revenue of $864 million for 2014. The deep dive explores some of the company’s initiatives, such as its educational programs, its corporate structure in regards to sustainability and its work alongside the government and the World Health Organisation to improve health benefits for migrant workers.
This deep dive explores Sime Darby’s Corporate Social Responsibility profile in relation to children’s rights. Operating in 26 countries and with 130, 000 employees, Sime Darby is one of the largest Malaysian based conglomerates. Sime Darby’s child protection policy, collaboration with Non-Governmental Organisations, understanding of key material risks and governance structure are all explored.
What needs to be done to advance children’s rights? Listen to some of the voices from Global Child Forums. Scroll right for more videos.
H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden - Global Child Forum on South America 2017
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Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden - Global Child Forum Partner Advisory Board Meeting 2016
Mike A. Parra, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Express Americas
Georg Kell, Vice Chairman, Arabesque Partners, Founder and former Director of the UN Global Compact at the Global Child Forum Partner Advisory Board Meeting 2016
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Albern Murty, Chief Executive Officer, Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd
Pedro Lopez Matheu, Director of Government Relations, Communication and Media, Grupo Telecom
H.M. Queen Silvia - Global Child Forum 2015
Per Heggenes, CEO, IKEA Foundation - Interview at the Child Forum SEA 2016
Michael Meehan, Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initative (GRI) - Global Child Forum 2015
Rick Ramli, Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group - Global Child Forum SEA 2016
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