The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a bold international commitment that ensures every child has the right to a happy, just and prosperous future – and to have a say in the decisions that impact their lives.
What is the role of business in Southeast Asia in realising this commitment to children’s rights, and how have efforts and performance in doing so changed over time?
Global Child Forum’s 2020 Southeast Asia Benchmark Report presents research conducted through 2020 that tracked approximately 250 of the region’s largest companies against 27 indicators, systematically assessing corporate organisational responses that impact children’s rights.
The report shows positive progress since the last Southeast Asian benchmark (2016), yet still lower than the global average. While Southeast Asia companies are more likely to engage in programmes and collaborations focusing on children than their global peers, their overall lack of deeper understanding of children in relation to their core business keeps them from scoring above their peers globally.
This event offered the benchmarked companies the opportunity to learn what their peers are doing, how they compare globally and how to start thinking of these issues in order to become a leader in children’s rights issues.
Richard joined ELEVATE in 2017 as one of the founders of CSR Asia and later became chairman. He has over 30 years of experience working in the fields of environmental management and social responsibility. He was one of the early pioneers in developing social audit and reporting methodologies with UK-based organizations such as The Body Shop, IBM and Eastern Electricity in the 1990s. Over the past 14 years, he has worked closely with the private sector on developing CSR strategies with an emphasis on Hong Kong. He has worked with some of the leading multinational enterprises and local companies and NGOs in Asia.
Richard has extensive experience in senior management engagement and facilitates all the Board engagement and most of the senior level engagement undertaken by ELEVATE’s Sustainability Consulting team across Asia Pacific. From 2002 to 2010 Richard was also a professor at The University of Hong Kong and headed up the Corporate Environmental Governance Program.
Vice President, Group Sustainability Singtel & Optus Talent Coach
Andrew is Vice President for the Singtel Group’s Corporate Sustainability, leading the Group’s strategy in social impact, environmental sustainability and climate action. He is also a coach to over 130 Optus Future and Emerging Leaders. He is co-chair of the Singapore Business Network on Disability to mobilise Singapore corporates in support of inclusive employment. Andrew previously led various diverse senior leadership roles across Singapore, Australia and Philippines including IT, Operations, Product, Marketing, Strategy, Venture Capital, Business Marketing and Sales and International Networks.
Since 2013, the Singtel Group has implemented community programmes in support of digital citizenship, online safety, mentored vulnerable youth and persons with disability to support their education and employability, and supported social impact tech start-ups addressing social and healthcare issues for the vulnerable.
Group Head of Sustainability
IOI Corporation Bhd
Dr. Surina Ismail is responsible for Corporate Sustainability at IOI Corporation Bhd, which includes aligning the strategy and sustainability policies together with their implementation for the whole IOI Group. Prior to this, she was the Global Director for Intellectual Property (IP) Management at Emery Oleochemicals, and she was also a Business Development and Operations Director for Emery Advance Material. Surina has also worked as R&D Director at KLK Oleomas; Technical Development Manager at UCB Asia Pacific; and as Materials Testing & Analysis Manager cum Quality Manager at Sime Darby Technology Center. She also holds a PhD. (Bio-organic Polymer) from University Akron, USA.
Boston Consulting Group
Alexis Lindhé is a Project Leader with the Boston Consulting Group, where he specializes on Private Equity and large Digital Transformations, as well as being a core member of the Social Impact practice. Prior to this, he served in the Swedish Armed Forces and foreign service as a non-commissioned intelligence officer focused on Russia. He holds an MPA in Economic Policy Management from Columbia University and a BSc. in Economics from Stockholm School of Economics.
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.
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.