On Wednesday 15 September, Global Child Forum convened their annual Partner Advisory Board meeting at the Stockholm Royal Palace, attended by their founders, H.M.King Carl XVI Gustaf, H.M. Queen Silvia and H.R.H. Crown Princess, Victoria. The half-day meeting presented an ideal platform for the organization to share, with their business and knowledge partners, the progress and new strategic direction adopted over the past year.
After opening remarks from the King, the meeting focused on Global Child Forum’s upcoming services and initiatives designed to mobilize the corporate sector to integrate a children’s rights perspective in their operation and communities.
New tools, such as The Magnifier – a self-guided, digital “light materiality analysis” — and initiatives, such as upcoming Business Academy designed for the Tech & Telecom sector to fast-track their sustainability work with children’s rights, were presented.
The organization also shared their strategy to increase their engagement with the financial sector in order to equip them with the data and insights needed for well-informed ESG investment decision-making. Part of this strategy is to ensure the uptake of the Global Child Forum’s benchmark data on how corporate address children’s rights – the next data set and report will be available at the end of November.
“Youth today have a strong point of view on the biggest social and environmental issues of our time. But so do corporates, consumers and investors,” commented the Queen in her closing remarks. “The statistics are compelling — globally, 67 percent of people agree it has become more important that the companies they choose to engage with make a positive contribution to society beyond just a good service or product; and 64 percent of U.S. adults now say a company’s “primary purpose” should be “making the world a better place. The result has been a shift in the work of corporate leadership.”
By sharing knowledge and best practices and by developing digital tools and services, the Global Child Forum both supports and drives companies’ work to positively impact the well-being of children.