This year’s Partner Advisory Board at the Royal Stockholm Palace, held on March 27th, marks Global Child Forum 10-year anniversary. The organisation’s partners come together annually for a half-day meeting to discuss the challenges faced by children the world over and the role that business can play in addressing these challenges. The meeting also looked to the next 10 years and focused on how Global Child Forum can increase it’s relevancy to the corporate sector.
What are the reasons for making children’s voices an integral part of a business’s processes? What are the benefits and challenges of implementing children’s participation? These questions were discussed by speakers representing various sectors at the Global Child Forum at the Royal Palace in April 2018.
Global Child Forum’s Head of Communications, sat down with Cajsa Wiking, who took over the reigns as the organization’s new Secretary General this January. Cajsa comes to Global Child Forum with a background in children’s rights and business and talked about her new role, the challenges and opportunities for business to support children’s rights and her thoughts about Global Child Forum’s future.
How can businesses work effectively with communities, NGOs and governments to mitigate their negative impacts on local communities while increasing their social contribution?
This feature is based on discussions and insights gleaned from a panel at the Global Child Forum at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, earlier this year.
Global Child Forum and CCR CSR are proudly collaborating on a short-film project that seeks to give a voice to children, while at the same time inspiring businesses to invest in child rights.
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Speaking at the 10th Global Child Forum, HRH Crown Princess Victoria asks what is the purpose of children’s rights if not a child daring to hope for a better future.
Businesses recognize the importance of education, both for development in society and for the business sector. But while it’s well documented that the education sector globally suffers from a significant lack of resources, contributions from the private sector are limited. Our latest report showcases examples of how companies’ investment in education lead to positive outcomes - not only for children, but also for business and society as a whole!
The year's Partner Advisory Board meeting focused on cross-sector learning to advance children's rights in the corporate sector. How can business, regardless of sector and position, seize the opportunities to contribute to a better world for our children and young people by “investing in every child”? What does it mean to be a responsible company in today’s competitive environment? How can companies find solutions that balance their long-term profitability while balancing their ESG (environmental, social and governance) responsibilities? These questions provided a fruitful discussion at the Global Child Forum’s annual Partner Advisory Board (PAB), held on 15 November 2017.
Global Child Forum participated at the CSR Asia Summit bringing a child rights focus to one of the most important annual events for sustainability leaders in Asia. The event took place in Bangkok on 26 & 27 September and is recognized as the platform in Asia where business, government and civil society come together to network and build relationships, aiming to find solutions to today’s increasingly complex sustainability challenges.
In a moving speech closing the Global Child Forum on South America held in São Paulo, Brazil, Sweden’s Queen urged the business community — and all present — to seize the opportunities discussed at the Forum and take action. “Regardless of sector and position,” she said, “you can contribute to a better world for our children and young people by investing in every child.”
While not an end in itself, trade is a means to an end. Niklas Johansson focuses on open trade, making the case that, to the extent that trade contributes to peace and stability and supports growth and development, it creates some of the conditions essential to improving children’s lives and future prospects.
Paul Sistare is a man on a mission. As the Founder and CEO of Atlantica Hotels International, he not only ensures that his guests get a good night’s rest, but he makes sure that he does too. How does he do this? By knowing that he, and the whole Atlantica Hotel chain, promote sustainable tourism with a special emphasis on protecting children’s rights.
Companies must strengthen control over their supply chain, writes Théo Jaekel and Jasmin Draszka-Ali, from the law firm Vinge. It is time that children’s rights are considered not only as a question of charity, but instead made a central part of corporate responsibility and risk management.
Björn Sellström from Interpol tells us why business should invest in fighting commercial sexual exploitation of children
Global Child Forum, Nedbank, Global Compact Network South Africa and CRES are hosting a conference centred on opportunities to build partnerships for the protection of children in Southern Africa. The day will include inspiring speakers, engaging workshops on best practices and networking opportunities.
The Global Child Forum on Southern Africa, which took place in Pretoria in September 2015 under the patronage and presence of H.E. Mrs Graça Machel, highlighted the importance of partnerships and the role and opportunity for the corporate sector to address children’s rights. This conference will continue the discussions first started at the Forum and follow-up on progress.
The interactive assessment tool, “Children’s Rights and Business Atlas”, will be explored for the first time in the African region, presenting how companies can identify risks to children within industry sectors and regions of operations. Speakers such as Ms Joanne Yawitch, CEO of NBI and Mr Vassi Naidoo, Chairman of Nedbank, will elaborate on what business can do to embed a child right’s perspective in their work.
At the Forum in 2015, CRES (The Corporate Responsibility to Eliminate the Sale of Children), in collaboration with Nedbank, was launched and since then the UN Global Compact Network South Africa, and an increasing number of leading companies, have supported this important initiative.
The afternoon will be devoted to the CRES initiative and experts will share insights on what needs to be done to combat sexual exploitation of children and the indispensable role of the corporate sector in combatting in this. Afternoon workshops will focus on concrete corporate action, tools and best practice to prevent all forms of sexual exploitation.
The event promises to ignite fresh ideas and partnering opportunities for the protection of children.
For more details, please see programme below.
The conference is invitation only. For questions or more information about the event contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Global Child Forum on Southeast Asia was held on 5 May 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Under the theme “Mobility & Connectivity: Children’s Rights and Sustainable Business” over 300 leaders from business, government, academia and civil society came together for a full day event to get inspired through plenary panels and interactive ActionLabs sessions. The Forum highlighted opportunities to advance children’s rights presented by fast technological progress, a young, growing workforce and the expanding travel and tourism in the region and explored how stakeholders could ensure that children’s rights are respected and fulfilled. Read the Report to find out more of the key findings and insights from the day.
Our next forum will be in São Paulo, the host city for the Global Child Forum on South America, to be held on 6 April 2017. This forum will bring together leaders and influencers from business, government, civil society and academia for one action-packed day to connect, collaborate and share best practices around some of the most pressing challenges facing children in the region.
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On the occasion of the Global Child Forum in Southeast Asia, Global Child Forum's Managing Director, Åse Bäckström, shares with Petrina Anthony from Malaysia Tatler about the movement that respects children's rights. This article has been adapted from a previously published article in their July 2016 issue.
Global Child Forum recently took part in the UN Global Compact Leaders’ Summit in New York. Together with more than 600 business leaders and delegates from 75 countries, we discussed the role of responsible business in realising the Sustainable Development Goals. From the inspiring opening of the Summit in the General Assembly Hall, including a visionary remark by the UN Secretary General, to the very concrete “opportunity break-out sessions”, zeroing in on the business models, products, services and partnerships of tomorrow, the Summit focused on the opportunities that the new agenda offers for business. Central to this discussion was the question, how can today’s risks be transformed into opportunities?
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On Thursday, 5 May, the Global Child Forum on Southeast Asia took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia under the theme “Mobility and Connectivity: Children’s Rights and Sustainable Business”. The Southeast Asia Forum is the 8th for the organisation and brought together over 280 leaders and decision makers from 26 countries to discuss the current state of children’s rights in the ASEAN region and called upon business to make children’s rights a top priority.
The Forum was inaugurated by H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf, the Honorary Chairman of Global Child Forum which the Royal Family started in 2009 in order to stimulate dialogue and leadership and advance children’s rights in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Mark Pierce, Regional Director of Plan International Asia asks how can we help youth out of poverty and into work? The reality is, we cannot go about this alone.
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