Dr. Fiona Rotberg
Research Director, Global Child Forum
On September 18-19, Global Child Forum returned to the annual CSR Asia Summit to share knowledge and best practice from a child rights perspective. The summit is one of the largest and most important annual events with a focus on sustainability issues in Asia, bringing together key stakeholders from business, government and civil society.
This year’s event took place at the Kowloon Shangri-La in Hong Kong. Based around the theme of transparency, integrity and impact, conference attendees explored the foundations of responsible business practice.
Global Child Forum led a break-out session centered around corporate responses to children’s rights issues, focusing on transparency, risk management and positive effects on the bottom line from investing in children’s rights. With nearly a half of the ASEAN population under 30 years of age, companies operating in Asia need to create a nurturing and empowering environment for a new generation while also driving the next phase of economic growth. The session showcased the benefits of an extensive children’s rights program, going beyond just doing good for children and addressing child labour issues.
Through high-level corporate panelists, presentation of best practices and the launch of new regional benchmarking research, the session highlighted how businesses can better understand their impact on children’s rights, mitigate their risk and unlock new opportunities by promoting children’s rights as an integrated part of their operations. In partnership with CCR CSR, Global Child Forum also premiered the film “Children’s Voices”, which gives voice to children from China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Bangladesh who talk about the impacts of businesses on their lives. For a behind-the-scenes look at the filming, please visit the Global Child Forum Instagram account.
During the conference, attendees were able to visit the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas booth where representatives from Global Child Forum and UNICEF showcased this free online due diligence tool to help companies in identifying, prioritising and mitigating children’s risks in their communities and environments.
Click here to read more about what your business can do to promote children’s rights.
Global Child Forum break-out session
Director Citizenship, Policy and Engagement
Caroline Briggert oversees corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability for Mattel’s supply chain and ensures efficient stakeholder engagement.
Prior to joining Mattel, Caroline was Head of Stakeholder Engagement for DJI, the world’s largest drone company. She built up the company’s citizenship program and led successful partnerships with a number of international organizations to pioneer the use of drones for emergency response, humanitarian relief, STEM and education and environmental conservation.
Caroline holds a Master of Science in Business from Stockholm School of Economics.
Senior Vice President,
Kevin leads ELEVATE’s global consulting, product and analytics functions. He has 20 years experience advising business on global risks, analytics and management systems. This includes extensive senior level engagement with many of the world’s largest companies on corporate strategy, sustainability, metrics-driven risk management and award-winning integrated reporting.
Kevin has a Master’s degree in Policy and Planning, and a PhD from Warwick Business School with a focus on systems theory, collaborative decision-making, and the role of data / analytics in performance management. He is an experienced auditor and has authored numerous reports / delivered key note sessions at numerous high-level international fora.
Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications
The Coca-Cola Company
Based in Singapore, Pablo Largacha is The Coca-Cola Company’s Vice President of Public Affairs & Communications for the Asia Pacific Group, a region that spans 33 markets and covers approximately 60% of the world’s population.
Pablo started his career with the Coca-Cola system in his native Colombia back in 1997, first as Legal and Public Affairs Manager for the Company’s local bottler, and later as Public Affairs & Communications Manager for The Coca-Cola Company.
He holds a Law degree from Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, and an International Master’s degree in Business Administration from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain.
Pressfield Knitting (Haifeng) Co., Ltd
Jerry Ng is the Administrative Supervisor at Pressfield Knitting (Haifeng), a factory of Pressfield Holdings Limited. He has 8 years of experience in compliance program development at Pressfield working with different brands on their community and employee care, as well as supporting migrant workers and their children.
Global Child Forum
As Research Director, Fiona is responsible for directing, producing, and showcasing Global Child Forum’s 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 host this session and present some of Global Child Forum’s research on the Corporate Sector and Children’s Rights in the region.
Global Child Forum
As Researcher, Nina’s main area of responsibility is to lead the work on the Corporate Benchmark Studies on children’s rights that Global Child Forum produces in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group. In addition to this work, she also takes on other smaller research projects.
She has previously worked at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, the Swedish Teacher’s Union, the Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation – SweFOR in Colombia and SonyEricsson. She has also held the voluntary position of group secretary for Amnesty Business Group Sweden. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Science with a focus on human rights and development from Lund University in Sweden.
Research Director, Global Child Forum
Introducing Global Child Forum and the Children’s Rights and Business Principles.
Children’s Voices is a collaborative video production between Global Child Forum and CCR CSR. Children from China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Bangladesh talk about the impacts of businesses on their lives.
Research Manager, Global Child Forum (Moderator)
Presenting Global Child Forum’s South East Asia benchmark results, with a focus on workplace and marketplace issues.
Administrative supervisor, Pressfield Knitting (Haifeng) Co., Ltd
Taking a closer look at supply chain and factory level initiatives related to left-behind children.
Senior Vice President, ELEVATE
Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications, The Coca-Cola Company
Director Citizenship, Policy and Engagement, Mattel
Panellists will share best practices and discuss the importance of integrating a children’s rights perspective further into core operations and value chains.
In an effort to provide insights and guidance on how businesses protect – or fall short in protecting – children’s rights in the Southeast Asia region, Global Child Forum’s Benchmark Report makes use of two of our essential research products: The Children Rights and Business Atlas and The corporate sector and children’s rights benchmark. More specifically, insights are provided across three areas where the corporate sector impacts children’s rights: The Workplace, The Marketplace, The Community and the Environment.
Throughout this report, data from the Atlas highlights contextual factors that shape how companies can and should respond to children’s rights. This information is contrasted with the results of the Benchmark scoring for the 20 largest companies in Southeast Asia. A gap analysis provides recommendations for company actions that address risks and create positive impact on children’s rights in the region.
Read and download the full report here.