Global Child Forum

Children’s Rights

October 2021

How well does your company stack up against your peers?

For 10 years, Global Child Forum has been benchmarking companies on children’s rights with one goal – to give companies the insights they need to drive positive change. We’re excited to now make our methodology available to companies who have not yet benchmarked in our study.

The self-assessment tool will diagnose your company´s strengths and weaknesses related to children’s rights – and give you a chance to see how well you stack up against the largest global companies in your sector and region. With this compelling evidence, you can drive the change you need in order to achieve your sustainability goals and become a leader in your sector.

Click here to access our latest global benchmark – The State of Children’s Rights and Business 2021

How does it work?
The tool will let you assess your company’s efforts on 27 indicators related to children’s rights and business. After completing the survey, you will get a scorecard with your results and, most importantly, also get key insights that can be shared internally to inform your sustainability strategy. Your results will also be compared with your peers. The self-assessment takes around 30 minutes to complete.

This assessment looks into different issues within CSR/ESG on a corporate level and whether your company includes a child rights perspective into these areas. The tool is meant for whoever within your company that has insight into these areas and the public disclosures on them.

Are you ready to see where you stand? Your first step starts here!

Please note that this is a self-assessment and that Global Child Forum will have not verified your final score. Your end result can therefore not be used in public communication nor do Global Child Forum endorse or take responsibility for the results. 

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About our benchmark

Global Child Forum, in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group, has been benchmarking companies since 2014 on a range of issues related to how corporate’s address children’s rights. To date, we have benchmarked more than 2600 companies globally and more is yet to come.

With knowledge from our benchmark, the corporate sector is better equipped to meet the demands of financial investors, governments, civil society and the society in which they operate. Companies can also assess their performance in relation to peers in different markets and regions. Our long-standing benchmark series enables us to track progress over time – and the data is also relevant for investors and other stakeholders that assess or rank companies. 

Who can take the self-assessment?

In 2020, Global Child Forum joined the World Benchmarking Alliance and adopted their SDG2000 as our universe. From this list, we select the companies to be included in our benchmark.The self-assessment tool is primarily meant for companies included in the SDG2000 list that we have not yet benchmarked.

If you are not within the SDG2000 but are interested in taking the assessment, please send an email request to

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Scorecard example

After completing the self-assessment you will receive a company scorecard


If there are any questions, please send an email to or

Case study; Bayer mitigating root causes of child labour

Mitigating root causes of child labour

Bayer is a German multinational life science company with global headquarter in Leverkusen. The company is comprised of three divisions – Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Health and Crop Science. All three divisions operate globally and engage with numerous subcontractors. The company has a vision expressed by the phrase, “Health for all, hunger for none” as they focus on delivering innovations in healthcare and agriculture. Bayer is guided in fulfilling this vision through its corporate purpose, “Science for a better life”. Bayer’s vision and purpose indicate that the company strives to create societal good within their core business. During the last two decades, Bayer has experienced incidents of child labour in their indirect supply chain, mainly in India among suppliers of seed. In an effort to address these serious incidences, Bayer went beyond policy and initiated its own action program called the Child Care Program (CCP). Established in 2007, the Program is comprehensive, consisting of structured measures to address and act on child labour, including supporting children who are victims of child labour. Since the implementation of its Child Care Program, Bayer has made several advancements within the area of child labour, where they have managed to influence their value chain in India positively by addressing and acting on the issues related to child labour. Download our case study to learn more.  

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Covid-19 Snapshot

In the midst of work on The State of Children’s Rights and Business in Southeast Asia 2020 the global pandemic of COVID-19 hit, and while we were analysing annual reports for 2019, the situation in real time changed rapidly. As the Global Child Forum benchmark is based on publicly available information primarily covering annual year 2019, those information sources are unlikely to acknowledge the impact that the pandemic is having on operations or their responses to it, including those policies that protect children. This report, jointly written by the Global Child Forum and ELEVATE, attempts an overview of how COVID-19 is impacting the Southeast Asia region, including its impacts on children—while being cognizant of the fact that this is a multi-faceted issue that is still very much in flux.

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