WHAT IS IT?
Global Child Forum and the Boston Consulting Group initiated the children’s rights and the Corporate Sector and Children’ Rights Benchmark study series in 2013 to fill a gap in research. We have produced one global and five regional studies of the Nordic region, the Middle East and Northern Africa; Southern Africa, South America and South East Asia.
The purpose of the series is to develop a children’s rights benchmark for the corporate sector and to enable tracking of progress over time on how children’s rights are addressed by business.
Our research is based on publicly available data, and does not measure compliance, nor company performance. To date, we have systematically assessed over 2500 companies across 9 industries against a set of criteria of 7 indicators to compare across geographical regions and industry sectors.
When analysing the results of the Benchmark Study Series a need has emerged to get a more detailed understanding of what companies are doing to address their impact on children and how. Global Child Forum has therefore updated the Benchmark methodology, expanding the number of indicator questions to 20 and the range of possible scores between 0 and 10*.
For this study, the publicly available information from 20 of the largest companies by revenue in each of the previous regional benchmark studies have been screened during the fall of 2017.
HOW CAN BUSINESS USE IT?
This expanded set of indicators align more clearly with the Children’s Rights and Business Principles**, for example, by dividing the indicators into the
impact areas of Workplace, Marketplace and Community/Environment. This not only gives a better overview of what companies are doing in the respective areas, it also gives companies an opportunity to identify areas for improvement in relation to their operations.