In a moving speech closing the Global Child Forum on South America held in São Paulo, Brazil, Sweden’s Queen urged the business community — and all present — to seize the opportunities discussed at the Forum and take action. “Regardless of sector and position,” she said, “you can contribute to a better world for our children and young people by investing in every child.”
While not an end in itself, trade is a means to an end. Niklas Johansson focuses on open trade, making the case that, to the extent that trade contributes to peace and stability and supports growth and development, it creates some of the conditions essential to improving children’s lives and future prospects.
Paul Sistare is a man on a mission. As the Founder and CEO of Atlantica Hotels International, he not only ensures that his guests get a good night’s rest, but he makes sure that he does too. How does he do this? By knowing that he, and the whole Atlantica Hotel chain, promote sustainable tourism with a special emphasis on protecting children’s rights.
Companies must strengthen control over their supply chain, writes Théo Jaekel and Jasmin Draszka-Ali, from the law firm Vinge. It is time that children’s rights are considered not only as a question of charity, but instead made a central part of corporate responsibility and risk management.
Björn Sellström from Interpol tells us why business should invest in fighting commercial sexual exploitation of children
Global Child Forum, Nedbank, Global Compact Network South Africa and CRES are hosting a conference centred on opportunities to build partnerships for the protection of children in Southern Africa. The day will include inspiring speakers, engaging workshops on best practices and networking opportunities.
The Global Child Forum on Southern Africa, which took place in Pretoria in September 2015 under the patronage and presence of H.E. Mrs Graça Machel, highlighted the importance of partnerships and the role and opportunity for the corporate sector to address children’s rights. This conference will continue the discussions first started at the Forum and follow-up on progress.
The interactive assessment tool, “Children’s Rights and Business Atlas”, will be explored for the first time in the African region, presenting how companies can identify risks to children within industry sectors and regions of operations. Speakers such as Ms Joanne Yawitch, CEO of NBI and Mr Vassi Naidoo, Chairman of Nedbank, will elaborate on what business can do to embed a child right’s perspective in their work.
At the Forum in 2015, CRES (The Corporate Responsibility to Eliminate the Sale of Children), in collaboration with Nedbank, was launched and since then the UN Global Compact Network South Africa, and an increasing number of leading companies, have supported this important initiative.
The afternoon will be devoted to the CRES initiative and experts will share insights on what needs to be done to combat sexual exploitation of children and the indispensable role of the corporate sector in combatting in this. Afternoon workshops will focus on concrete corporate action, tools and best practice to prevent all forms of sexual exploitation.
The event promises to ignite fresh ideas and partnering opportunities for the protection of children.
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The conference is invitation only. For questions or more information about the event contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Global Child Forum on Southeast Asia was held on 5 May 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Under the theme “Mobility & Connectivity: Children’s Rights and Sustainable Business” over 300 leaders from business, government, academia and civil society came together for a full day event to get inspired through plenary panels and interactive 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. Read the Report to find out more of the key findings and insights from the day.
Our next forum will be in São Paulo, the host city for the Global Child Forum on South America, to be held on 6 April 2017. This forum 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.
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On the occasion of the Global Child Forum in Southeast Asia, Global Child Forum's Managing Director, Åse Bäckström, shares with Petrina Anthony from Malaysia Tatler about the movement that respects children's rights. This article has been adapted from a previously published article in their July 2016 issue.
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