CSR Asia Summit 2017

CSR Asia Summit 2017
Children’s rights: the risks and opportunities for business

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:

  1. What’s the business case for investing in children?
  2. When conducting business, how do we ensure that children’s rights are respected?
  3. What can companies do to integrate children’s rights into their operations?

This session features leading company examples, regional research conducted by Global Child Forum and the Boston Consulting Group, and showcases the The Children’s Rights and Business Atlas, developed by Global Child Forum and UNICEF. The audience will also have the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of leading companies.

This side event is a continuation of Global Child Forum’s work in the region, following up on the Global Child Forum on Southeast Asia in Kuala Lumpur, April 2016. For more information and to read the Forum Report please see here.


About the Speakers

Global Child Forum break-out session

Ines Kaempfer

Executive Director

Ms. Kaempfer has worked in the field of CSR supply chain management and children’s rights for over a decade, with a strong emphasis on China’s manufacturing industry. As the Executive Director of CCR CSR, a leading child rights consultancy based in Hong Kong and Beijing, she heads the design and implementations of operations and stakeholder engagement. She has previously held positions at ELEVATE Limited and the Fair Labour Association in Geneva and Shanghai.
Ines will be moderating the high-level corporate panel and discussion in this session.

Fiona Rotberg

Research Director
Global Child Forum

As Research Director, Fiona is responsible for directing, producing, and showcasing our research studies and tools, as well as our research partnerships. Fiona has worked in both the private and public sectors during the past 25 years, including as a consultant for Arthur D. Little, assistant professor in Political Science at Uppsala University and acting Executive Director at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. Fiona holds an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, a Master’s Degree from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. with distinction in International Law and Natural Resources from Tufts and Harvard Universities. Fiona joined Global Child Forum in 2015.
Fiona will be hosting this session, presenting some of Global Child Forum’s research on the Corporate Sector and Children’s Rights in the region.

Tuir Rumondng

Director Indonesia Operations

Tiur is RSPO‘s Indonesia Director of Operations. Prior to joining RSPO, she served as the Executive Director of Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD). Tiur has a background in Finance, and has been working in various international cooperation and projects since 2003. With more than 6 years experiences in leading Indonesia Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation, Tiur also currently serves as one of Indonesia Country Director for the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippine East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).
In the high-level corporate panel and moderated discussion, Tiur will be presenting the example of how RSPO has worked to combat child labour through industry coordination.

Martin Hallberg

Children's Rights and Business Atlas Manager
Global Child Forum

Martin Hallberg is a corporate sustainability expert with a proven track-record as consultant in various industries such as private equity, telecom and construction. Further to his consulting experience, in his role as Children’s Rights and Business Atlas Manager with the Global Child Forum, Martin also draws on his global development experience from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International IDEA and the UN system when working to spread the Atlas throughout the business community.
Martin holds a MSc in Political Science from Uppsala University and SciencesPo Paris. He is a published researcher within the fields of social capital and regional entrepreneurship and is an appreciated lecturer within corporate sustainability. Martin is a strong believer in communication, dialogue and transparency as key drivers to unleashing businesses’ deeper purpose.
Martin manages the development and roll-out of the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas at Global Child Forum and will present this tool in the session.

Accor Hotels

to be confirmed

Accor Hotels have been invited to speak in the high-level corporate panel and moderated discussion on child protection in the hospitality industry: why is it important, how to do it well and what are the benefits?


to be confirmed

Sansiri have been invited to speak in the high-level corporate panel and moderated discussion on creating a safe environment for children through strategic partnership with child rights organisations.


representative to be confirmed

UNICEF will be presenting the business case for the corporate sector to engage with children’s rights and showcase some of the work the organization is doing in the region as well as introduce some of the tools on children’s rights that UNICEF has available for business.

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Draft Agenda

1. Introductions and welcome
Fiona Rotberg, Global Child Forum

Introduce the objective of the session, the speakers and the agenda. Frame the discussion through references to Global Child Forum and Boston Consulting Group benchmark study “Children’s Rights and Corporate Sector in Southeast Asia” and some regional Children’s Rights and Business Atlas risk profile.

2. Why children’s rights and business?
UNICEF – tbc

Making the case for why business needs to address children’s rights; showcase good practice/methods and some available tools to get started on the journey.

3. The Children’s Rights and Business Atlas – an introduction
Martin Hallberg, Global Child Forum

What is the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas and what value does it bring to business? How can it be used?

4. Corporate leading practice examples – high-level panel and moderated Q&A
Tuir Rumondng, RSPO
Remaining corporate representatives – tbc
Moderator: Ines Kaempfer, CCR CSR

Why is child protection important? How to make it part of day-to-day business? What is the business case?


benchmark indicators


largest publicly listed companies in Southeast Asia


average score for Southeast Asian companies


average score on global scale

The Corporate Sector and Children's Rights in Southeast Asia

For the Global Child Forum on Southeast Asia in 2016, Global Child Forum and the Boston Consulting Group conducted a benchmark study on how children’s rights are addressed by the corporate sector in the region.

This benchmark study investigated 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 represented 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.

Download the full report here.

2016 SEA Benchmark infographic