About the meeting

What does it mean to be a responsible company in today’s competitive environment? How can companies balance their long-term profitability while balancing their ESG (environmental, social and governance) responsibilities? These questions provided a fruitful discussion at the Global Child Forum’s annual Partner Advisory Board (PAB), held on 11 October 2016. This half-day meeting invited our partners to provide insights, debate and discussion on how business can best engage with children’s rights in their operations and supply chain.

This year’s Partner Advisory Board was opened by H.M. Queen Silvia on behalf of our Honorary Chairman, King Carl XVI Gustaf and followed by remarks from PAB Chairman, Mr Ulf Karlberg.

Global Child Forum is fortunate to have a committed group of public and private partners who enhance our work with their unique capabilities. We focus on building long-term, mutually beneficial strategic partnerships that can deliver results for our efforts and value for society and enable us extend our reach and impact and expand the conversation.

The meeting was held at the Stockholm Royal Palace by invitation only. To learn more please follow us on Twitter @GCForum and on Facebook and check back here for more information.

About the Speakers

Mr Andrés Franco

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

Mr Franco is UNICEF’s Deputy Director for Private Sector Engagement in the Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division. He has worked on the promotion of the rights of indigenous children, sports and development, and corporate engagement for the most disadvantaged children of the region. Before joining UNICEF, Mr Franco was Deputy Permanent Representative of Colombia to the UN.

Mr Georg Kell

Vice Chairman, Arabesque Partners

Mr Kell is the founding Director of the UN Global Compact. In his longstanding career he also worked towards establishing the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Mr Kell currently is Vice Chairman of Arabesque Partners.

Ms Hanna Roberts

Chief Executive Officer, GES and member of the Global Child Forum board

Ms Roberts is CEO for GES. In addition, Ms Roberts has been active in Amnesty International for more than 20 years – serving as chairperson of both the Swedish chapter and Amnesty International Worldwide.

Mr Reto Schwager

Chief Executive Officer a.i., RobecoSAM

Mr Schwager is the Chief Executive Officer ad interim and Global Head of Private Equity, as well as a member of the executive committee at RobecoSAM. Reto Schwager brings more than 20 years’ experience in the financial industry with a major focus on private market investments. His responsibilities are the overall management of the company and the development of the Private Equity business.

Mr Johan Öberg

Senior Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Sweden

Mr Öberg is a senior partner in the Stockholm office of The Boston Consulting Group,where he currently serves as managing partner. He is a core member of the BCG’s Health Care practice, Corporate Development practice and Private Equity practice, which he also leads in the Nordics.

Featured speakers include:

Mr Georg Kell
Vice Chairman, Arabesque Partners and founder and former Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact

”… our job has been to win over companies that going global does not just mean having more short-term profits and looking for the cheapest allocation or sourcing capabilities. But rather to understand that for markets to grow, and for your own future prospects to be successful, it makes sense to integrate, in your strategic thinking and operations, environmental, social and governance issues.”
Read more here.


Ms Hanna Roberts
Chief Executive Officer, GES and member of the Global Child Forum board

“The effort to safeguard children’s rights is not only a moral imperative but also important from a financial perspective. From an investor’s view, the conversation about ESG needs to widen to incorporate children’s issues not just regarding child labour but to also include questions related to marketing to children, children’s rights online and children’s rights to family and education in the context of migrant workers.”
Find more information about the Global Child Forum – GES study that investigates how investors integrate children’s rights into responsible investment policies here.


Mr Reto Schwager
Chief Executive Officer a.i., RobecoSAM

 The RobecoSAM Global Child Impact Equities Strategy offers investors access to a concentrated, high conviction portfolio of attractively valued global companies that are leaders in supporting children’s rights and welfare. As such, the strategy enables investors to contribute to the well-being of future generations. Read more about the RobecoSAM Global Child Impact Equities Fund here.


Notable Quotables

H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden - Global Child Forum Partner Advisory Board Meeting 2016

Georg Kell, Vice Chairman, Arabesque Partners and Founder and former Director of the UN Global Compact at the Global

Reto Schwager, CEO a.i., RobecoSAM

Klas Balkow, Chief Executive Officer, Clas Ohlson