Global Child Forum at
GSMA MWC Barcelona

Global Child Forum at the GSMA MWC Barcelona 2022

Where does the telecommunications industry stand when it comes to children’s rights?

In partnership with the Boston Consulting Group, Global Child Forum launched the report: The State of Children’s Rights and Business – Tech & Telecom deep dive at the GSMA event MWC Barcelona on March 1, 2022.  In the benchmark we’ve assessed 252 of the largest Tech & Telecommunication companies in the world.

The children’s rights agenda has grown substantially within the Tech & Telecom industry over the last decade and we see that several companies have redefined themselves as children’s rights champions and advocates. However, our report identifies several important gaps and opportunities for companies to act on.

Our data shows that companies that have integrated children’s rights throughout their operations and material business processes can point towards increased brand value and stronger reputational claims, increased legitimacy across operations globally and can lay claim to contributing to more sustainable and inclusive markets.

*The Benchmark Report is based on publicly available material from each company benchmarked. The data found is then compiled against 27 indicators based on the 10 Children’s Rights and Business Principles and finally integrated into three different relevant business areas: Workplace, Marketplace and Community and Environment—before being given a weighted overall score. See more about our methodology here.


Chris Blundell


Chris leads Brunswick’s global technology, media and telecoms (TMT) group. He works with clients across the TMT industry, including networks, hardware, software, internet services and all forms of media; from global industry leaders to fast-growing private companies. Chris started his career in government and politics, working in the press office of the UK Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, and has worked on political campaigns in the United States. He is actively involved in the development of London as a technology center and  sits on the advisory board of Silicon Valley Comes to the UK and runs workshops and mentoring programs on communication issues for start ups.

Sigve Brekke

President and
Chief Executive Officer
Telenor Group

Sigve Brekke, born 1959, was appointed President and CEO in August 2015. He joined Telenor in 1998 as an Advisor, and was in 1999 employed as Manager Business Development and later Managing Director of Telenor International, Region Asia. Mr Brekke served as co-Chief Executive Officer of dtac in Thailand from 2002 to 2005, and Chief Executive Officer in dtac from 2005-2008. He most recently served as Executive Vice President and Head of Asia Region, prior to his appointment to President and CEO. Before joining Telenor, Mr Brekke has served as the State Secretary (Deputy Minister) of Defence in Norway in 1993, and has also held position as associate at the Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA. Mr Brekke holds a Master degree in Public Administration from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Mats Granryd

Director General

Mats Granryd is Director General of the GSMA and a Member of its Board. In this role, he leads the GSMA in supporting its global membership through a range of industry programmes, advocacy initiatives and industry-convening events. Mats is a strong proponent of sustainability and led the mobile industry in becoming the first sector to broadly commit to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2016. He is now spearheading initiatives to amplify and accelerate the mobile industry’s impact on all 17 of the SDGs, across both developed and developing markets. Previously, he spent 15 years in a variety of roles at Ericsson, most recently as Head of Northern Europe and Central Asia. While at Ericsson, he also led the North West Europe, India, CDMA and North Africa units, as well as the global customer accounts for Vodafone and Bharti. Mats holds a M.Sc. from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Nick Read

Chief Executive
Vodafone Group

Nick Read joined Vodafone Group in 2001, holding local, regional, and global senior executive roles until his appointment as CEO in 2018. Prior to joining Vodafone, he held senior global finance positions with United Business Media Plc and Federal Express Worldwide. He is a Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission and in this role, in 2021, Vodafone partnered with the Commission in a global initiative to improve the lives of millions by pledging to make the internet accessible to all by 2030 through smartphone access. He also serves as a champion for HeforShe, a UN solidarity movement for gender equality. Under his leadership, Vodafone expanded its commitment to diversity and inclusion through parental leave, tackling domestic violence and abuse in society, introducing a new global commitment on menopause, and setting clear diversity targets for senior leaders. 

Cajsa Wiking

Secretary General
Global Child Forum

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

Elena Valderrábano

Global Chief Sustainability Officer

Since 2014, Elena has been driving Telefónica’s progress across the ESG pillars and into the core of the company’s strategy. Previously, she was Managing Director of Telefónica’s charitable Foundation and before that the Global Head of Telefónica’s brand. Elena developed her career within Repsol, holding several executive roles in sales & marketing and corporate responsibility. She has a lawyer background and has practised in commercial, maritime, and environmental law.  Elena holds a double degree in Law and Economics (ICADE), a Masters in Maritime Business and several qualifications in management and the environment. She is passionate about protecting children’s rights as a fundamental basis of corporate responsibility. The MWC panel provides a welcome opportunity to share Telefónica’s commitment to the issues and together, as a sector, push the Global Child Forum’s agenda further.

Nina Vollmer
Global Child Forum

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.

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