Global Child Forum
on Southeast Asia

About the Forum

Under the theme “Mobility & Connectivity: Children’s Rights and Sustainable Business”, Forum attendees were inspired through plenary panels and solution-driven ActionLabs sessions. The Forum highlighted opportunities to advance children’s rights presented by fast technological progress, a young, growing workforce and the expanding travel and tourism in the region and explored how stakeholders could ensure that children’s rights are respected and fulfilled.

Speakers

We are honoured to present the following speakers of Global Child Forum on Southeast Asia:

Ms Pernilla Baralt

State Secretary to the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality

Ms Baralt is the State Secretary to the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality. The ministry is responsible for children’s rights, amongst other areas. Prior to taking up her current position, Ms Baralt has held a variety of posts including the director of Global Challenge, an independent think tank promoting democracy and sustainable development, and as Political Adviser to the former Prime Minister of Sweden, Mr Göran Persson. Ms Baralt holds a BA in political science and international relations from the University of Gothenburg.

Ms Wivina Belmonte

Deputy Regional Director, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office

Ms Belmonte is UNICEF’s Deputy Regional Director for East Asia and Pacific. Most recently, she was UNICEF’s Representative in Malaysia, leading the organisation’s work with the corporate sector focusing on digital citizenship, child online protection and exploring how innovation can deliver bigger, better, and faster results for children. Ms Belmonte graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School and received the Barbara Jordan Award for Women’s Leadership.

Ms Åse Bäckström

Managing Director, Global Child Forum

Ms Bäckström is the Managing Director of the Global Child Forum. She has a back- ground as a researcher and consultant from Deloitte. Ms Bäckström has worked for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva and has served on the Board for Stockholm International Water Institute. Previously she was the head of risk and sustainability services at KPMG. In addition, Ms Bäckström is a member of the GRI Independent Appointments Committee.

Mr Per Heggenes

Chief Executive Officer, IKEA Foundation

Mr Heggenes is the CEO of IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Swedish home furnishings company, IKEA. Mr Heggenes drives the Foundation’s funding and innovation strategies, and is a tireless advocate for children’s rights. Since becoming the Foundation’s first CEO in 2009, Mr Heggenes has presided over the Foundation’s evolution into a global, grant-making philanthropy that funds programs in over
35 countries.

Mr Y.W. Junardy

Member of the Board, United Nations Global Compact

Mr Junardy is the President Commissioner of PT Rajawali Corpora and also serving as the President of Global Compact Network Indonesia. He is also a board member of various organisations, among others: Indonesia Business Links, Asia Marketing Federation, Indonesia Marketing Association, House of Love Foundation and
Bhumiksara Foundation. As of May 2015, he has been appointed by the UN Secretary- General as member of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact.

Ms Ines Kaempfer

Executive Director, The Center for Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility (CCR CSR)

Ms Kaempfer has worked in the field of CSR supply chain management and children’s rights for more than a decade, with a strong emphasis on Asia’s manufacturing industry. As the Executive Director of CCR CSR, a leading child rights consultancy based in Hong Kong, she is heading CCR CSR’s operations in China and South East Asia. She has previously held management positions at ELEVATE Limited and the Fair Labour Association in Geneva and Shanghai.

Hon. Dato’ Sri Rohani Abdul Karim

Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Government of Malaysia

Hon. Dato’ Sri Rohani Abdul Karim has been the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development in Malaysia since 2013. Previously, she served as the Deputy Minister for Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism and Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries. She has received the Government Leadership Award in recognition of Malaysia’s role in increasing women’s participation in the workforce and has been elected as the President of the Management of Social Transformation Programme, UNESCO (2015–2017).

Mr Ulf Karlberg

Chairman, Global Child Forum Partner Advisory Board (PAB)

Mr Karlberg is Chairman of the Global Child Forum PAB. He was until recently Chair of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in USA. Mr Karlberg was the founding Chair of Amnesty International Business Group, Sweden. As EVP at Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, he was previously responsible for all global operations in Latin America, Canada, Japan, China, East and Southeast Asia. Previously he was CEO at PA  Consulting Group, Western Europe.

Dr. Simon Lord

Group Chief Sustainability Officer, Sime Darby Holdings Berhad

Dr. Lord was appointed as the Group Chief Sustainability Officer at Sime Darby in April 2015. He has over 30 years of management experience in the agricultural and palm oil sector. Dr. Lord holds a Doctorate in Environmental Effects of Pesticides and a Degree in Applied Biology and Polytechnic. He is also a Qualified RSPO and
ISO 14001 lead auditor.

H.E. Le Luong Minh

Secretary-General, ASEAN

H.E. Le Luong Minh has been the Secretary-General of ASEAN since January 2013. H.E. Minh has had a long career in Viet Nam’s diplomatic service which began in 1975. Before assuming his post as ASEAN Secretary-General, H.E. Minh was Viet Nam’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. H.E. Minh studied Diplomacy at the University of Foreign Affairs in Hanoi, then Linguistics and English Literature at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Mr Alburn Murty

CEO, Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd

Mr Murty was appointed Chief Executive Officer in April 2015. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Digi. Since joining Digi in 2002, he has held various roles in Project Planning, Product Management Product Development, and as Head of Strategy and New Business and Chief Marketing Officer. Before Digi, his previous experience includes business and commercial management roles in Lucent Technologies across the Asian region.

Ms Veronica Pedrosa

Journalist and Presenter

Ms Pedrosa is an award-winning journalist and presenter. She is one of the original team members that launched Al Jazeera English, and previously worked for CNN International, BBC World and ABS-CBN in the Philippines. She has a 20-year career in international journalism and has worked in the USA, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Born in the Philippines, she grew up in London and was educated at Cambridge University.

Mr Mark T. Pierce

Asia Regional Director, Plan International

Mr Pierce has been working in senior leadership roles in the international development sector for over 30 years. He is currently the Asia Regional Director for Plan Inter- national, covering 13 countries in Asia and sits on the Global Management Committee for the Plan International Federation, covering 70 countries around the world.
Mr Pierce holds an MBA in Banking and Finance from the Pace University – Lubin School of Business.

Mr Rick Ramli

Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Mr Ramli is the Managing Director for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Malaysia and heads BCG’s Strategy Practice across Southeast Asia. He works with private sector and public sector clients on a variety of topics, including corporate development, business model innovation, and economic and industry development.
Mr Ramli has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Fiona Rotberg

Research Director, Global Child Forum

Dr. Rotberg is Director of Research at Global Child Forum. Prior to joining the team, she served as Executive Director at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, was Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Uppsala University, and a consultant at Arthur D. Little. Dr. Rotberg earned a PhD with distinction in International Law, Environment and Natural Resources from Tufts and Harvard University.

Hon. Pol. Gen. Chatchawal Suksomjit

Member of the Thai National Legislative Assembly

Hon. Pol. Gen. Chatchawal Suksomjit is a member of the Thai National Legislative Assembly, appointed as member of the NLA Standing Committee on Laws, Justice Procedure and Police Affairs and the Standing Committee on Religions, Arts, Culture and Tourism. Currently, he also serves as the Advisor to the Thailand – United Kingdom Parliamentarians Friendship Group and the Secretary of the Thailand – Bhutan Parliamentarians Friendship Group. Before his retirement he was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, former Director of the Department of Special Investigation and former Deputy Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police.

Mr Trung Dung Tan

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, iCare Benefits

Mr Trung was born in Vietnam and emigrated to the United States in 1984. He returned to Vietnam in 2007 to found iCare Benefits, a retail platform. Mr Trung also established OnDisplay Corporation, a software development company. Mr Trung received his postgraduate in Computer Science from Boston University and holds bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Mr Thomas Thomas

Chief Executive Officer, ASEAN CSR Network

Mr Thomas is the CEO of the ASEAN Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Network, a network of CSR networks. He also works closely with other organisations and ASEAN bodies to promote CSR and responsible business in ASEAN. Mr Thomas has initiated the CSR movement in Singapore and has been active with trade unions, co-operatives, consumer movements, and social enterprises and also served as a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore.

Dr. Pipat Yodprudtikan

Director, Thaipat Institute

Dr. Yodprudtikan is the director of Thaipat Institute, a public-interest organisation established in 1999, which aims to promote corporate sustainability and responsibility in the private sector. Dr. Yodprudtikan has led the Institute since it was founded, and has delivered more than 300 engagements in research, training, and consulting with numerous multinational corporations, state enterprises, and major listed companies in Thailand.


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ActionLabs

Global Child Forum’s ActionLabs provide a space for collaborative, thought-provoking work. In these moderated sessions, delegates engaged in some of the most pressing challenges facing children today with the idea of generating actions to confront these challenges.

Reframing challenges as opportunities: youth employment as a driver for change

Today, over half of the ASEAN population is under the age of 30. The region is also experiencing a significant demographic change and is projected to have 68 million new entrants to the labour force until 2025. With this young population, comes both challenges and opportunities for business. Efforts are needed to increase employability, secure decent working conditions and to facilitate job creation for youth. This ActionLab explored the role of business and partnerships to manage this demographic shift in order to harness the energy, creativity and vitality of this young workforce.

Children in the digital age: how the ICT sector can support and respect children’s rights

The world’s increased digital connectivity has transformed societies, and children’s lives in many ways. This ActionLab discussed what opportunities exist for different stakeholders to take action to make sure that ICTs, and the increased connectivity in the region, is used as a driver of positive change for children while minimizing associated risks.

Into the light: safeguarding children’s rights in the travel and tourism sector

The sharp increase in travel and tourism in the ASEAN region has led to an expanded and diversified tourism infrastructure, hence multiplying the opportunities and venues available for child exploitation. This session highlighted tools and recommendations which could ensure that the region benefits from this sector while safeguarding children and their rights.

The Children’s Rights and Business Atlas: a tool for responsible business

Children interact with business as key stakeholders in many ways. This means that business not only needs to ensure that they mitigate the risks their operations pose to children, but also that they have an opportunity to advance children’s rights. To provide an interactive tool for this purpose, Global Child Forum and Unicef have partnered to develop the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas. This ActionLab introduced the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas and how it can be leveraged by companies and other stakeholders informing their practices to respect and promote children’s rights.

Reframing challenges as opportunities: youth employment as a driver for change

Today, over half of the ASEAN population is under the age of 30. The region is also experiencing a significant demographic change and is projected to have 68 million new entrants to the labour force until 2025. With this young population, comes both challenges and opportunities for business. Efforts are needed to increase employability, secure decent working conditions and to facilitate job creation for youth. This ActionLab explored the role of business and partnerships to manage this demographic shift in order to harness the energy, creativity and vitality of this young workforce.

Children in the digital age: how the ICT sector can support and respect children’s rights

The world’s increased digital connectivity has transformed societies, and children’s lives in many ways. This ActionLab discussed what opportunities exist for different stakeholders to take action to make sure that ICTs, and the increased connectivity in the region, is used as a driver of positive change for children while minimizing associated risks.

Into the light: safeguarding children’s rights in the travel and tourism sector

The sharp increase in travel and tourism in the ASEAN region has led to an expanded and diversified tourism infrastructure, hence multiplying the opportunities and venues available for child exploitation. This session highlighted tools and recommendations which could ensure that the region benefits from this sector while safeguarding children and their rights.

The Children’s Rights and Business Atlas: a tool for responsible business

Children interact with business as key stakeholders in many ways. This means that business not only needs to ensure that they mitigate the risks their operations pose to children, but also that they have an opportunity to advance children’s rights. To provide an interactive tool for this purpose, Global Child Forum and Unicef have partnered to develop the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas. This ActionLab introduced the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas and how it can be leveraged by companies and other stakeholders informing their practices to respect and promote children’s rights.

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Quotes from the Forum

Navigate through the videos using the side arrows, or watch all videos on our YouTube channel

Listen to Per Heggenes, CEO at IKEA Foundation talk about the results of intergrating CSR in the core of the company.

Listen to Y.W. Junardy, member of the Board at UN Global Compact discuss the children's rights issue beyond child labour.

Listen to H.E. Le Luong Minh discuss the changing landscape of the region’s economy and how the youth and children of today will impact it and the importance of respecting their rights.

Listen to Albern Murty, CEO at Digi Telecommunications as he talks about using the digital revolution to empower communities.

Listen to Y.W. Junardy, member of the Board at UN Global Compact discuss the children's rights issue beyond child labour.

Listen to Dr. Pipat Yodprudtika, Director at Thaipat Instituten talk about the Taipat Insitutes work with the CRBP's.

Listen to Trung Dung, Founder and CEO at iCare Benefits discuss their work with increasing living standards for young industrial workers in the development world.

Listen to Hon. Dato’ Sri Rohani Abdul Karim, Minister for Women, Family and Community Development discuss the action that is now being taken in the region and what promises the future holds.

Listen to Ulf Karlberg discuss the importance of taking children’s rights seriously.

Listen to Mark Pierce discuss what types of partnerships need to be developed in the region in order to allow young people to prosper.

Listen to Ines Kaempfer, discuss how the movement of labour, be it youths moving for work opportunities or families moving away from their children, impacts children.

Listen to H.M. Queen Silvia give the closing speech to the daylong event.

Listen to Fiona Rotberg share the Global Child Forum & BCG’s findings from this year’s Corporate Benchmark report.

Listen to H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf give the keynote speech opening the Regional Forum on Southeast Asia.

Listen to Wivina Belmonte explain the connection bewteen businesses and children’s rights.

Listen to Dr. Simon Lord discuss how Sime Darby upholds its responsibilities towards children.

Listen to the Hon. Pol. Gen. Chatchawal Suksomjit explains the Thai National Legislative Assembly’s new law to combat child pornography.

Listen to Rick Ramli discuss how the shifting ASEAN economy, from a growing middle class with greater purchasing power to greater access to new forms of media impacts children.

Listen to Thomas Thomas discuss the importance of respecting children’s rights.

Listen to Åse Bäckström discuss the importance of the business community in upholding children’s rights.

Interview with Ines Kaempfer, Executive Director, CCR CSR.

Interview with Dr. Simon Lord, Group Chief Sustainability Officer, Sime Darby.

Interview with Albern Murty, CEO of Digi.

Interview with Per Heggenes, CEO, IKEA Foundation.

Interview with Kathleen Chew, Group Legal Counsel, YTL Corporation Berhad.

Interview with Mei Kok, Project Coordinator, Youth for Global Goals, AIESE

Interview with Yaya W. Junardy, President of the Indonesia Global Compact Network

Interview with Natasha Jackson, Head of Consumer Affairs, Public Policy, GSMA

Images from the Forum