Global Child Forum

Children's Participation in Business

May 2020

Children’s Participation in Business

Exploring the business case and providing practical guidance from a corporate perspective.

From autumn 2019 to autumn 2020, a research project with the aim of developing a better understanding of current business practices of children’s participation is being undertaken.

This project is led by Tara Collins, Associate Professor at the School of Child and Youth Care (Ryerson University) and Kay Tisdall, Professor of Childhood Policy (University of Edinburgh) jointly. The end product of the project will be a resource to introduce and explain principles, concepts and practical considerations, in order to fill gaps in understanding and the practices of children’s participation in business (due autumn 2020).

This project originates in the Global Child Forum Pledge, initiated at the Global Forum 2018. It is also a follow-on from the December 2018 Roundtable on Children’s Participation.

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Children's Participation webinar series

WEBINAR I: Children´s participation in business decision-making

WEBINAR II: Children’s participation in business decision-making (Safeguarding aspects)

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Children's Participation Guide

Children´s Rights in Southeast Asia 2020

Global Child Forum is currently collecting children’s rights data on 250 of the largest  companies in Southeast Asia, as part of our 2020 regional benchmark study. The Southeast Asia regional study covers 6 countries and 7 industries, and assesses companies against 27 indicators. Global Child Forum has been benchmarking companies since 2014 when the first Global Benchmark report was launched.  Since then, we have produced 10 regional reports covering Middle East and North AfricaSouthern AfricaSoutheast Asia, the Nordic region and South America, as well as an additional Global Benchmark report in 2019. Measuring and presenting data is key to driving societal and economic change. Through concrete evidence and data, benchmarking can lead to industry-wide innovation that leads to positive impact. Companies will be assigned four performance categories based on their score: Beginner, Improver, Achiever, Leader. The Southeast Asia benchmark report, which is based on publicly available information assessed by Global Child Forum, will be accompanied by insights and key take-aways and present wide-ranging recommendations for actions to raise individual company and sector scores. The approximately 250 publicly-traded companies benchmarked will receive their individual scorecard in Q3 2020 with an opportunity to comment on their scores. The complete 2020 Southeast Asia Benchmark Report will be launched in Q4 2020 and will then be available for download from our website. The benchmark report series is done is collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group. For more information on the report methodology, please click here. Click here to view all the companies included in the Southeast Asia Benchmark 2020 For any research-related inquiries, please contact: Rebecca Forsman
Mobile: +46 70 187 14 44
E-mail: For any media-related inquiries, please contact: Linda Ravin Lodding
Head of Communications
Mobile: +46 72 387 0248


Corporate Responses to Protecting Children's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa

In an effort to provide insights and guidance on how businesses protect – or fall short in protecting – children’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa, this report draws on one of Global Child Forum’s essential research products: The corporate sector and children’s rights benchmark. More specifically, insights are provided across three areas where the corporate sector impacts children’s rights: The Workplace, The Marketplace, The Community and the Environment. In 2014, Global Child Forum, in partnership with Boston Consulting Group, published a benchmark study of the 350 largest companies in the region. This report is a follow-up to that study. An updated benchmark analysis has been conducted on 20 of the region’s largest companies.

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