Global Child Forum
11 April 2018

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Investing in Every Child.

The Global Child Forum at the Stockholm Royal Palace on 11 April 2018 will bring together a global community of leaders from business, civil society, academia and government to fast-track business action and partnerships to achieve a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable world for our children.

Featuring exciting and engaging plenary speakers alongside thematic ActionLab sessions, the Forum will encourage you to initiate and share bold solutions to the difficult issues facing children today. Join us and discover how you can play a leading role in meeting today’s global challenges by investing in children.

The forum is by invitation-only. For more information, please contact forum18@globalchildforum.org. For practical info, click here. Check back for frequent updates to the programme.

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Speakers

We are honoured to have the following speakers at Global Child Forum 2018. Please note that the list will be updated continuously.

Lise Kingo

CEO and Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

Ms. Lise Kingo is the CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, which is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning with principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals. Prior to joining the UN Global Compact in 2015, Ms. Kingo was Chief of Staff, Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive Management team at Novo Nordisk A/S. Ms. Kingo holds multiple degrees including an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath, United Kingdom.

Luana Carvalhosa

CSR Manager, Norsk Hydro Brasil

Ms. Luana Carvalhosa is Corporate Social Responsibility Manager from Norsk Hydro in Brazil. The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) department is responsible for driving Hydro’s CSR agenda and manages and coordinates Hydro’s policies and initiatives in the areas of human rights, ethics, and other society and community related issues. Before joining Hydro in 2014, Ms. Carvalhosa held a variety of sustainability positions with international companies.

Leslie Johnston

Executive Director, C&A Foundation

Ms. Leslie Johnston joined C&A Foundation as its first Executive Director in August 2013 bringing over 20 years of management experience across multiple sectors. There, she led the development of the foundation’s first global vision and strategy, and oversees a multi-disciplined and multi-national team working to make fashion a force for good. Ms. Johnston currently serves on the boards of COFRA Foundation, GoodWeave International, CottonConnect, the Organic Cotton Accelerator, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs’ Executive Committee and TechnoServe’s Global Advisory Council.

Georg Kell

Chairman, Arabesque

Mr. Georg Kell is Chairman of Arabesque, an ESG Quant fund manager using self-learning quantitative models and big data to assess the performance and sustainability of globally listed companies, and Founding Director of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability movement with over 9,000 corporate and 4,000 non-corporate participants in 160 countries. Mr. Kell also oversaw the creation of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative (SSE), and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

Richard M. Locke

Provost, Brown University

Prof. Richard M. Locke is provost of Brown and Schreiber Family Professor of Political Science and Public and International Affairs. Prior to joining Brown in 2014, he had been a member of the MIT faculty for 25 years. Prof. Locke is an internationally respected scholar and authority on international labor relations and worker rights, comparative political economy, and corporate responsibility. He has published five books and numerous articles. He was recently awarded an inaugural Progress Medal by the Society for Progress.

Simon Lord

Chief Sustainability Officer, Sime Darby Plantation Berhad

Dr. Simon Lord is the Chief Sustainability Officer for Sime Darby Plantation Berhad. He was previously the Director of Sustainability for New Britain Palm Oil and the Director of Research. Dr. Lord began his career with Unilever PLC and has over 33 years experience in the agriculture commodities sector. Dr. Lord has held appointments on the Board of RSPO and numerous NGO initiatives.

Ulrika Nilsson

Managing Director, Global Child Forum

Ms. Ulrika Nilsson is the Managing Director of Global Child Forum. Previously, Ms. Nilsson was Director of Development at Lund University in charge of philanthropic partnerships and funding for strategic research and education. With more than 20 years’ experience from the financial and banking sector, Ms. Nilsson has served on several boards and is a Corporate Senior Advisor to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). She graduated from the School of Economics and Management, Lund University, with an MSc in Business and Economics.

Fiona Rotberg

Research Director, Global Child Forum

Dr. Fiona 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. Dr. Rotberg earned a PhD with distinction in International Law, Environment and Natural Resources from Tufts and Harvard University.

Carine Smith Ihenacho

Chief Corporate Governance Officer, Norges Bank Investment Management

Ms. Carine Smith Ihenacho is Chief Corporate Governance Officer at Norges Bank Investment Management, the manager of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund. Ms. Smith Ihenacho is responsible for leading and developing the fund’s responsible investment strategy and activities. She holds a law degree from the University of Oslo, a Masters of Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and a Masters of Law from Harvard Law School.

Martin Tan

Executive Director, The Majurity Trust

Mr. Martin Tan is the Executive Director of The Majurity Trust, a philanthropic organisation with social impact programmes and platforms in Singapore. He was the Executive Director of Institute for Societal Leadership at Singapore Management University and Co-Founder of Halogen Foundation Singapore. Mr. Tan has worked with leaders in the public, private and people sector in over 14 countries. For his contributions to Singapore and the region, Mr. Tan was conferred the Singapore Youth Award, Singapore’s highest accolade for youth in 2013.


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With more than 300 attendees from all sectors and compass points, 4 ActionLabs and networking opportunities, the Global Child Forum will let you connect with influencers to create opportunities to advance children’s rights while positively impacting your bottom line.

Will this be your first Global Child Forum?
Take a look at the report from Global Child Forum 2015.

ActionLabs

Global Child Forum’s ActionLabs provide a space for collaborative, thought-provoking work. In these moderated sessions, delegates engage in some of the most pressing challenges facing children today with the idea of generating actions to confront these challenges.

ActionLab 1

Corporate impact on community and environment: Ensuring Children’s Wellbeing around Supply Chains and Operations

The challenge: Children grow up in communities and environments that are impacted by business operations and supply chains. Families live next to factories, mines and agricultural fields all of which produce air, water and land pollution which are especially harmful to children.  Children also live in areas with rampant conflict around valuable resources, including land, forests and rivers and are particularly at risk of exploitation during conflict. Action: By sharing examples of company best practices, this session will discuss business responsibilities and opportunities to not only ensure that their operations and supply chains do not have an adverse effect on children’s wellbeing, but also incorporate the voices of communities, including children, to empower them and build sustainable communities.

ActionLab 2

The business case for investing in quality education: Finding opportunities for impact

The challenge: The demands of a growing global economy require an increasingly skilled workforce – one that is computer literate, can handle data, can apply critical analysis and is creative. At the same time, progress in education has stalled and the quality of education varies widely, resulting in many children leaving primary school without basic reading, writing and math skills, let alone ICT and critical thinking skills. Providing all our children, and especially girls, with the high-quality education they will need to succeed is one of the greatest challenges we face. The action: A growing number of businesses are investing in long-term educational partnerships with civil society and governments, realising the mutual benefit for business and society of life-long learning, starting with the youngest. By sharing examples of how businesses can help improve access to quality education through innovation and partnership, this discussion will focus on the role business can play to accelerate progress in early childhood development and primary education.

ActionLab 3

Speaking up: Young people’s participation in business decision making

  The challenge:  Young people around the world are often relegated to the side-lines and excluded from having a say in decisions that will affect them. One of the key elements of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the right of children to participate in decisions that affect them. Children are critical thinkers, change makers, communicators, innovators and future leaders. In recent years, the importance of young people’s participation in civil society has been increasingly recognised. However, young people´s participation in business decision-making is not as well articulated – yet business impacts children in many ways. Children are engaged in a diverse range of paid and unpaid work in urban and rural settings and they are consumers of products and services that can enhance as well as harm their lives. The action:  For business, young people’s views and input could inform how business work with their suppliers, how they structure their operations and how they develop their products and services to meet the needs and respect the rights of children and young people. How can business take children’s perspectives into their decision-making? How can business benefit from young people’s participation? In this ActionLab we will hear from young people who have been involved in a global study, to ascertain their thoughts about their work. We will also hear from companies who are actively consulting children and taking their views on board in creating better and safer environments, products and services.

ActionLab 4

An integrated response to child labour: Turning Supply Chain Challenges into Mutual Opportunities

The challenge: Though data are scarce, we know that a significant portion of the 152 million children trapped in child labour are working in supply chains; accounting for almost one in ten children worldwide. They can be found working in mining and quarrying, in construction, services, agriculture and manufacturing, in every region in the world. While the dynamic picture indicates that we are moving in the right direction – child labour declined during the period from 2012 to 2016 – ensuring that this trend is maintained makes this one of the key challenges facing business. The action: While the sheer scale of the problem can be daunting, companies have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children throughout their operations and supply chains. This ActionLab will showcase innovative business practices that turn supply chain child right’s risks into opportunities to empower communities and their children, thereby building sustainable supply chains. Delegates in this session will discuss how companies can respect children’s rights and also tackle root causes to positively impact future generations. Examples include living wage issues, family friendly practices as well as combating child labour.

ActionLab 1

Corporate impact on community and environment: Ensuring Children’s Wellbeing around Supply Chains and Operations

The challenge: Children grow up in communities and environments that are impacted by business operations and supply chains. Families live next to factories, mines and agricultural fields all of which produce air, water and land pollution which are especially harmful to children.  Children also live in areas with rampant conflict around valuable resources, including land, forests and rivers and are particularly at risk of exploitation during conflict.

Action: By sharing examples of company best practices, this session will discuss business responsibilities and opportunities to not only ensure that their operations and supply chains do not have an adverse effect on children’s wellbeing, but also incorporate the voices of communities, including children, to empower them and build sustainable communities.

ActionLab 2

The business case for investing in quality education: Finding opportunities for impact

The challenge: The demands of a growing global economy require an increasingly skilled workforce – one that is computer literate, can handle data, can apply critical analysis and is creative. At the same time, progress in education has stalled and the quality of education varies widely, resulting in many children leaving primary school without basic reading, writing and math skills, let alone ICT and critical thinking skills. Providing all our children, and especially girls, with the high-quality education they will need to succeed is one of the greatest challenges we face.

The action: A growing number of businesses are investing in long-term educational partnerships with civil society and governments, realising the mutual benefit for business and society of life-long learning, starting with the youngest. By sharing examples of how businesses can help improve access to quality education through innovation and partnership, this discussion will focus on the role business can play to accelerate progress in early childhood development and primary education.

ActionLab 3

Speaking up: Young people’s participation in business decision making

 

The challenge:  Young people around the world are often relegated to the side-lines and excluded from having a say in decisions that will affect them. One of the key elements of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the right of children to participate in decisions that affect them. Children are critical thinkers, change makers, communicators, innovators and future leaders. In recent years, the importance of young people’s participation in civil society has been increasingly recognised. However, young people´s participation in business decision-making is not as well articulated – yet business impacts children in many ways. Children are engaged in a diverse range of paid and unpaid work in urban and rural settings and they are consumers of products and services that can enhance as well as harm their lives.

The action:  For business, young people’s views and input could inform how business work with their suppliers, how they structure their operations and how they develop their products and services to meet the needs and respect the rights of children and young people. How can business take children’s perspectives into their decision-making? How can business benefit from young people’s participation? In this ActionLab we will hear from young people who have been involved in a global study, to ascertain their thoughts about their work. We will also hear from companies who are actively consulting children and taking their views on board in creating better and safer environments, products and services.

ActionLab 4

An integrated response to child labour: Turning Supply Chain Challenges into Mutual Opportunities

The challenge: Though data are scarce, we know that a significant portion of the 152 million children trapped in child labour are working in supply chains; accounting for almost one in ten children worldwide. They can be found working in mining and quarrying, in construction, services, agriculture and manufacturing, in every region in the world. While the dynamic picture indicates that we are moving in the right direction – child labour declined during the period from 2012 to 2016 – ensuring that this trend is maintained makes this one of the key challenges facing business.

The action: While the sheer scale of the problem can be daunting, companies have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children throughout their operations and supply chains. This ActionLab will showcase innovative business practices that turn supply chain child right’s risks into opportunities to empower communities and their children, thereby building sustainable supply chains. Delegates in this session will discuss how companies can respect children’s rights and also tackle root causes to positively impact future generations. Examples include living wage issues, family friendly practices as well as combating child labour.

Investing in every child

Film from Global Child Forum on South America 2017

Photos from Global Child Forum in Stockholm 2015