The advantage for business to engage with children’s rights

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Why is it valuable, smart and interesting for companies to engage with children’s rights?

Children are increasingly becoming more valued, cherished and respected stakeholders in business communities. In their multiple roles such as for example consumers, family members, future leaders and co-workers, children are receiving the attention of high-profile sustainability professionals and executives that invest their time, money and considerable effort to carve out the best possible strategies to do business with children’s interests in mind.

Featuring interactive sessions and participation of members of the Swedish Royal Family – we hear from some of the champions in integrating children’s rights concerns from both supply chain perspectives, product development angles as well as those working with materiality, child participation and stakeholder participation. Why is it valuable, smart and interesting for companies to engage with children’s rights?


Mr Ruben Brunsveld

Senior Advisor
at Enact Sustainable Strategies

Ruben has a background in human rights, EU diplomacy, and responsible business. He is a sought-after leader of stakeholder dialogues, round tables and international conferences. During his career he has advised ministers; coached ambassadors and interviewed captains of industry in countries such as India, China, Zambia, Estonia and Sweden. He describes himself as a “Colombian born – Indonesian bred – Dutchman with a Swedish passport” and uses his international background to build bridges and facilitate discussions between people with different backgrounds.

Mr Nicklas Augustsson

Global Sustainability Director
at Beckers Group

In his role, Nicklas develops and drives Beckers Group’s global sustainability strategy. In the 19 years with Beckers, Nicklas held various positions in sales, R&D, production- and customer support.  Since 2016 he is responsible for sustainability including driving the global sustainability agenda across 18 countries on five continents, working on dedicated sustainability change projects, management guidelines and chairing the strategic Beckers’ Sustainability Committee. Nicklas holds a M.Sc. in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and has studied Business Administration and Business Development at the Stockholm School of Economics as well as Leadership at INSEAD.

Ms Allison Kirkby

President and Chief Executive Officer
of Telia Company

Allison was assumed office as President and CEO  of Telia Company in May 2020. Allison has extensive experience from various positions within the telecommunications industry, most recently as President and Group CEO of TDC Group and prior to that the same position at Tele2 AB. Allison also serves as a Non-Executive Director  of the British communications services provider BT Group plc. Allison is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Ms Jenny Lindén Urnes

Owner and Chair
of Lindéngruppen

Jenny is the Owner and Chair of Lindéngruppen, a family business focusing on sustainable long-term development of industrial companies. Key strategic holdings are Beckers, a global leader in industrial coatings; Colart, a global supplier of artist materials, Höganäs AB, the world’s leading manufacturer of metal powders and Moorbrook Textiles, a Scottish designer and weaver of premium textiles. Jenny is also Chair of Färgfabriken Foundation and board member of the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN). She previously held the positions of CEO of Lindengruppen as well as CEO and President of AB Wilh. Becker. Jenny holds a Bachelor of Philosophy.

Mr Ian Laird

Chief Executive Officer at Alex Begg

Ian is CEO of Alex Begg who are leaders in the design and manufacture of women accessories. Products are sold through leading global retailers, and on-line through in addition to undertaking some bespoke manufacturing for several of the world’s most prestigious luxury brands. The business employs 120 people at its manufacturing site in the West of Scotland.  The company which has more than doubled in size over the last 5 year exports most of what it produces, with Asia, US and Europe being prime markets.

Mr Richard Llewellyn

UK Manufacturing & Operations Support General Manager at Colart

In his role Richard is driving the Sustainability program at Colart to enable it to become the most sustainable consumer driven home of creative brands. Richard has accumulated a huge amount of operational experience  through various positions across multiple sites over 36 years within Colart and has extensive knowledge of the Art & Craft Material Industry. He currently has responsibility for the 2 Colart UK Manufacturing sites as well as heading up and supporting the Central Operational support functions of Innovation & Development, New Product Development Project Management and Regulatory and Quality. Richard holds a Bachelor of Science from Middlesex University London.

Mr Dennis van Schie

Chief Executive Officer at Colart

Together with his team, Dennis is transforming Colart to become the most sustainable consumer driven home of creative brands. Previously, Dennis held the position of Chief Commercial Officer at Sonly Mobile Communications. Living in London with his family, Dennis holds a master’s in mechanical engineering from Delft University of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from IMD Business School in Lausanne.

Ms Nina Vollmer

Research Manager
Global Child Forum

As Research Manager, Nina’s main area of responsibility is to lead and develop 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 research projects and works on developing the content/inviting speakers for Forums and events. 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 and been a member of the Board of Directors at Amnesty Sweden. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Science with a focus on human rights and development from Lund University in Sweden. Nina joined Global Child Forum in 2015.

Ms Cajsa Wiking

Secretary General
Global Child Forum

Cajsa is the Secretary General for Global Child Forum. She has a long track record from both the business and non-profit sectors. For five years, she held the position as Executive Director for Operation Smile Sweden, significantly growing the organization’s resources and capabilities. She also has extensive experience and knowledge regarding children’s rights from her work at UNICEF and at Plan Sverige. From her years working at SEB and Skandia, she has a deep understanding for the challenges and opportunities facing business today. Cajsa also holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Stockholm.

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