Global Child Forum 2015

About the Forum

The 5th Global Child Forum was held on 26 November 2015 at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden, and gathered 400 important and influential international decision makers from business, governments, civil society and academia for dialogue and thought leadership on the legal, moral and business case for investing in coming generations. The purpose is to work and collaborate for a better future for the world´s children.

 

Global Child Forum 2015 was a day filled with inspiration and action. Delegates participated in plenary sessions, a networking luncheon and interactive ActionLabs. The day concluded in a cultural event followed by a reception. The theme for the day was Children’s Rights within the Corporate Sustainability Agenda with a special focus on the benefit of cross sector partnerships.

 

The Forum, with more than 30 prominent speakers and under the patronage and active participation of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden, showcased practical examples and created action-oriented tools for cross sectorial partnerships.

Speakers

We are honoured to have had the following speakers to Global Child Forum 2015

Gabriella Ahlström

Journalist & Author, Gabriella Ahlström AB

Ms Ahlström is a professional moderator, process and debate leader with multiple years of experience from both large conferences to seminars and workshops. In 2014 Ms Ahlström was awarded “Speaker of the Year” award from the speaker’s agency ‘Talarforum’. Ms Ahlström comes from a journalistic background, and has coverd social and cultural matters for both Dagens Nyheter and Swedish Radio to name a few. She now divides her time between being a moderator and fiction writing.

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International

Ms Albrectsen has worked for over 25 years in international development, human rights, change management and diplomacy. She has held senior leadership positions in times of significant change in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and most recently at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Since September 2015, she is the CEO of Plan International.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein became UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on 1 September 2014. Between 2000-2014 he was Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, serving as President of the Security Council in 2014, and its Ambassador to the USA. He played a central role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court, and in 2002 became the first President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the leading UN organization dealing with human rights. It has a unique mandate to promote and protect all human rights for all people, with a presence in 64 countries.

H.E. Shaikha Al Maskari

Chairperson, Al Maskari Holding

Her Excellency Dr Shaikha Al Maskari is Chairperson of Al Maskari Holding, the private holding company of her family’s portfolio. She is a Board Member of Arab International Women’s Forum and Women For Sustainable Growth, in addition to serving on the International High Advisory Board of International Cooperation Platform. Dr. Shaikha earned her PhD (Geology) at Indiana University and trained with the US Geological Survey prior to serving in ADNOC.

Mats Andersson

Chief Executive Officer, Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund (AP4)

Mr Andersson has been the CEO of the Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund (AP4) since 2006. AP4 is one of four buffer funds in the Swedish public pension system. Since five years back, AP4 works actively to bring sustainability into asset management since sustainability is a necessity to be able to achieve long-term returns. Mr Andersson has a degree in economics and has held previous management positions at SG Warburgs, Deutsche Bank, AP3 and Skandia Liv.

Michael Baldinger

Chief Executive Officer, RobecoSAM

Mr Baldinger is RobecoSAM’s CEO. He joined RobecoSAM in 2009, as Head of Global Clients & Marketing and member of the Executive Committee. Prior to joining, he was Head of Distribution (Americas) for Credit Suisse Asset Management New York. Previously, Mr Baldinger worked at Bear Stearns New York and Switzerland, where he was responsible for institutional clients and brand development. Mr Baldinger began his career at CSFB Zurich, where he was responsible for foreign equities trading.

Carol Batchelor

Director of Division of International Protection (DIP), UNHCR

Ms Batchelor was appointed as the UNHCR Director of the Division of International Protection in April 2015.  Ms Batchelor’s service with UNHCR includes Representative to Turkey from 2010 to 2015, Director of the Ethics Office, Chief of Mission for operations covering India and the Maldives, and Senior Legal Officer at UNHCR HQs, a role in which she spearheaded the expansion of UNHCR’s mandate on statelessness during the 1990s.

Irina Bokova

Director-General, UNESCO

Ms Bokova has been the Director-General of UNESCO since November 2009 and is the first woman to lead the Organization. She has been actively engaged in international efforts to advance quality education for all, gender equality, human rights, cultural dialogue and scientific cooperation, and in mobilizing the global community to protect cultural heritage under attack. She also serves as Executive Secretary of the Steering Committee of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative and co-Vice-Chair of the Broadband Commission.

Mark Boutros

Managing Partner, Kreab

Dr Boutros is a social strategy globalist with an academic background in international affairs, education and public health. Dr Boutros brings his scientific training, research methodologies, and international perspective to the private sector providing strategic and content guidance to organizations and companies. His expertise in behaviour change communication and corporate responsibility programs helps companies translate their pro-social initiatives into memorable and successful campaigns.

Yoka Brandt

Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF

Ms Brandt has been with UNICEF since 2012 as the Deputy Executive Director for the Partnerships Group.  She brings over 30 years of experience in international assistance and humanitarian emergency response. Before joining UNICEF, Ms Brandt served as Director General for International Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands since 2008. Ms Brandt has also served as Ambassador of the Netherlands to Uganda (2004–2007) and Eritrea (2000–2004).

Winnie Byanyima

Executive Director, Oxfam International

Ms Byanyima is the Executive Director of Oxfam International. Ms Byanyima is a world recognized expert on women’s rights and has served as Director of Gender and Development at the United Nations Development Program and at the African Union Commission. Ms Byanyima co-founded the Global Gender and Climate Alliance and chaired a UN task force on gender aspects of the Millennium Development Goals and climate change.

Åse Bäckström

Managing Director, Global Child Forum

Ms Bäckström is the Managing Director for the Global Child Forum. She has worked as a risk and sustainability consultant for KPMG and Deloitte as well as project leader for World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva. She was the Chair of the FAR Sustainability Working Party (the Swedish institute for authorized public accountants) and represented FAR in the FEE (the European accountancy profession) Sustainability Working Party. Ms Bäckström also served on the Board for Stockholm International Water Institute.

Andrés Franco

Deputy Director for Private Sector Engagement in the Private Fundraising & Partnerships Division, UNICEF

Mr Franco is UNICEF’s Deputy Director for Private Sector Engagement in the Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division. In UNICEF, Mr Franco has served as Representative in Argentina and Peru and Regional Manager, Partnerships and Fundraising in Latin America and the Caribbean. His main contributions have been in the promotion of the rights of indigenous children, sports and development, and corporate engagement for the most disadvantaged children of the region.

Brian Ganson

Head, Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement, University of Stellenbosch Business School

Prof. Ganson is the Head of Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement and Extraordinary Associate Professor, University of Stellenbosch Business School. His research focuses on the nexus of business, conflict and development. He consults to governments, companies and communities on multi-stakeholder approaches to risk mitigation and conflict prevention, particularly in post-conflict and otherwise complex environments. He is co-author of the forthcoming book, Business and Conflict in Fragile States: The Case for Pragmatic Solutions.

Sir John Holmes

GCVO, KBE, CMG, Chair, International Rescue Committee-UK

Sir John joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1973 and served in diplomatic roles in London, Moscow and New Delhi, including as an adviser to Prime Minister John Major and Prime Minister Tony Blair, and then as the British Ambassador in Lisbon and Paris. Sir John served as the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (2007-2010), before taking up his current position as Director of the Ditchley Foundation. He is also Chair of the Board of the International Rescue Committee-UK.

Petter Johnsen

Chief Investment Officer Equity Strategies, Norges Bank Investment Management

Mr Johnsen was named Chief Investment Officer for Equities on 1 April 2011. Petter joined Norges Bank Investment Management on 1 September 2003 as a portfolio manager, a position he held until August 2010, when he was named Global Head of Sector Strategies. Prior to joining Norges Bank Investment Management, Mr Johnsen was Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch in London between October 2000 and August 2003. He previously worked as a research analyst at Morgan Stanley in London.

Ulf Karlberg

Chairperson, Global Child Forum

Mr. Karlberg is Chairperson of the Global Child Forum. He is also Chair of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in USA. Mr. Karlberg was the founding Chair of Amnesty International Business Group, Sweden and co-authored “Human Rights – a corporate responsibility?”. He was EVP at Astra Zeneca, responsible for group strategy and all companies in Latin America, Canada, Japan, China, East and South East Asia. Previously CEO at PA Consulting Group, Western Europe, in London.

Stefan Löfven

Prime Minister of Sweden

Mr Löfven has been the Prime Minister of Sweden since 2014 and is Chairman of the Swedish Social Democratic Party. He is a former President of the Swedish Metalworkers’ Union and Vice President of the Swedish Trade Council, and has served as a member of the board of the Olof Palme International Center and the Royal Institute of Technology.

Michael Meehan

Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initative (GRI)

Mr Meehan is Chief Executive of GRI, an international independent organization that enables businesses, governments and other organizations to understand and communicate impacts on critical sustainability issues. As a CEO, entrepreneur, and advisor in sustainability and technology for 20 years, Mr Meehan has advised multinationals and governments globally, including the White House, State Senate, and UNFCCC. Voted “Top CEO to Follow” by BusinessWeek magazine, he is the inventor of several clean technology patents.

Archana Patkar

Programme Manager, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)

Ms Patkar is the Programme Manager at the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), a UN body dedicated to sustainable sanitation and hygiene. She is a leading development specialist with expertise in health, education, water and sanitation, and gender and women’s rights. She is responsible for programmes which aim for policy change and practical action in Asia and Africa around WASH issues with a human rights focus.

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka

Director-General, Sida

Ms Petri Gornitzka is Director-General of Sida and member of Sida’s Board. She sits on the board of the Swedish Research Council and is member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development as well as initiator of the network Swedish Leadership for Sustainable Development. Ms Petri Gornitzka is Board Chairperson of Friends – a Swedish organisation working for a safe school environment. Prior to Sida, Ms Petri Gornitzka was Secretary General of International Save the Children Alliance.

Seokpil Kim

Executive Vice President Global Public Affairs Team, Samsung Electronics

Mr Kim is the head of Global Public Affairs Team at Samsung Electronics since March 2015. He leads Global Public Affairs and Corporate Citizenship Groups. Prior to this, he led global Sales/Marketing at Mobile Communications and also CMO overseeing Global Marketing and B2B at Samsung Electronics. He holds a BA in Economics from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea, and an MBA from HEC School of Management in France.

Hilary Parsons

Senior Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé

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Greg Priest

Head of Sustainability Policy, IKEA Group

Mr Priest leads the IKEA global team responsible for the integration of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and for further developing the company’s approach to supporting children’s rights through the Children’s Rights and Business Principles. Mr Priest´s team is also responsible for IKEA’s external engagement on sustainability and for developing partnerships to support the company’s social and environmental goals.

Sandra Polaski

Deputy Director-General for Policy, International Labour Organization (ILO)

Ms Polaski serves as the Deputy Director-General for Policy of the International Labour Organization (ILO).  She is responsible for research, policy formulation and delivery of technical advice in the areas of employment, social protection, conditions of work, social dialogue and international labour standards. Prior to joining the ILO, Ms Polaski served as Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs at the United States Department of Labor, where she headed the Bureau of International Labor Affairs.

Irwin Redlener

Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Earth Institute, Columbia University

Dr Redlener directs the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute, which works to understand and improve the nation’s capacity to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. The Earth Institute is part of Columbia University, where Dr Redlener also holds professorships in Health Policy & Management and Pediatrics. An advisor to numerous local, state and federal policymakers, Dr Redlener was recently appointed Special Advisor to the New York City Mayor. He is also President and Co-Founder of the Children’s Health Fund, a non-profit organization that provides healthcare to America’s most medically underserved communities.

Joanna Rubinstein

Senior Advisor, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Currently, Dr Rubinstein is the Executive Director at the World Childhood Foundation USA.  Prior to joining Childhood, Dr Rubinstein had leadership roles at Columbia University and at the United Nations. She developed and led initiatives in health, education and sustainable development. Dr Rubinstein is a Senior Advisor to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University. She also serves on foundation and academic boards, including ISTIC at UNESCO. 2002 – 2005, Dr Rubinstein was a Senior Associate Dean at Columbia University Medical Center and 1999– 2002 was the Director for Research and Postgraduate Training at the Karolinska Institute.

Hanna Roberts

Chief Executive Officer, GES

Ms Roberts is the CEO of GES, an owner advocate providing engagement services focusing on supporting asset owners and asset managers develop and implement integrated investment strategies with environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations. Ms Roberts has served as chairperson of both the Swedish chapter and international board of Amnesty International. Ms Roberts serves on the board of Business and Human Rights Resource Centre as well as the Global Child Forum.

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, serving multinational private sector clients. Dr Rotberg has a PhD with distinction in International Law, Environment and Natural Resources from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard University.

Gunhild A. Stordalen

Founder & Director, EAT Initiative

Dr Stordalen, a medical doctor from the University of Oslo with a PhD in pathology/orthopedic surgery, is the co-founder and chair of the Stordalen Foundation, and the founder and chair of GreeNudge and EAT. EAT is a global consortium linking food, health and sustainability across science, policy, business and civil society, to catalyze the urgently needed shift towards healthier diets from sustainable food systems. In 2015, Dr Stordalen was appointed Young Global Leader by The World Economic Forum.

Kersti Strandqvist

Senior Vice President Sustainability, SCA

Ms Strandqvist, Senior Vice President, Group Sustainability, leads SCA’s (a global hygiene and forest-products company) Group Sustainability team and is a member of the SCA Executive Management Team. She is responsible for the Group Sustainability strategy and the integration of targets for environmental, social and public affairs for SCA. Ms Strandqvist has been employed by SCA since 1997, previously holding leadership positions in both the global Feminine Care business and the Baby Care business.  She also served as director of R&D for Incontinence Care.

Karl-Henrik Sundström

Chief Executive Officer, Stora Enso

Mr Sundström joined Stora Enso 2012 and is a member of the Group Leadership Team (GLT). CFO until 2013 when he took the role as EVP Printing & Living. In 2014 Mr Sundström was appointed CEO of Stora Enso. Prior to joining Stora Enso he was the CFO of NXP. Prior to that CFO and several managerial positions in Ericsson. Member of the Board of Swedbank. Mr Sundström holds a degree from Uppsala University, Sweden.


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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.

ActionLab 1: Paying Dividends: Investing in future generations

Research from Global Child Forum shows that only 18% of the largest companies in the world address children’s rights issues other than child labour. At the same time, the investor community is increasing its demands on and engagement with business on how to integrate children’s rights. This ActionLab aimed to explore to what extent tools such as the Children’s Rights Business Principles and the Global Reporting Initiatives can be used to deepen the understanding of corporations’ impact on children’s rights. Delegates partaked in discussions on what action is needed to enhance the integration of children’s rights into business’s core operations.

ActionLab 2: Crossing borders: Multi-sectoral solutions to refugee crises

This ActionLab explored how multiple sectors – corporate, public and civil society – can work beyond immediate response and take a proactive approach when it comes to emergencies, such as refugee crises, that affect children. By sharing examples of successful cross-sectoral partnerships, delegates discussed how to take action both in the short and long-term.

ActionLab 3: Putting the SDGs to work for children: Integrating the goals into your corporate model

This ActionLab explored the leadership and action needed in order to deliver on the new sustainable development goals – particularly with reference to the goals that impact children’s rights. Delegates engaged in an action-oriented discussion on strategies and new business opportunities that incorporate the SDGs into the heart of their sustainability work.

ActionLab 4: Responsible marketing to children

This ActionLab explored how States and companies can ensure that their communication and marketing approaches are conducted in the best interest of the child. Delegates engaged in a dynamic discussion in how to address these ethical issues with regards to their own products and services.

ActionLab 1: Paying Dividends: Investing in future generations

Research from Global Child Forum shows that only 18% of the largest companies in the world address children’s rights issues other than child labour. At the same time, the investor community is increasing its demands on and engagement with business on how to integrate children’s rights. This ActionLab aimed to explore to what extent tools such as the Children’s Rights Business Principles and the Global Reporting Initiatives can be used to deepen the understanding of corporations’ impact on children’s rights. Delegates partaked in discussions on what action is needed to enhance the integration of children’s rights into business’s core operations.

ActionLab 2: Crossing borders: Multi-sectoral solutions to refugee crises

This ActionLab explored how multiple sectors – corporate, public and civil society – can work beyond immediate response and take a proactive approach when it comes to emergencies, such as refugee crises, that affect children. By sharing examples of successful cross-sectoral partnerships, delegates discussed how to take action both in the short and long-term.

ActionLab 3: Putting the SDGs to work for children: Integrating the goals into your corporate model

This ActionLab explored the leadership and action needed in order to deliver on the new sustainable development goals – particularly with reference to the goals that impact children’s rights. Delegates engaged in an action-oriented discussion on strategies and new business opportunities that incorporate the SDGs into the heart of their sustainability work.

ActionLab 4: Responsible marketing to children

This ActionLab explored how States and companies can ensure that their communication and marketing approaches are conducted in the best interest of the child. Delegates engaged in a dynamic discussion in how to address these ethical issues with regards to their own products and services.

Forum Report 2015

Video Testimonials

Sir John Holmes, GCVO, KBE, CMG, Chair, International Rescue Committee-UK

Ulf Karlberg, Chairperson, Global Child Forum

Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International

Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Goodwill Ambassador, UNICEF

Dr Gunhild A. Stordalen, Founder & Director, EAT Initiative

Anne Birgitte Albrectsen, Chief Executive Officer, Plan International

Photos from the Forum