Children's Participation
in Business

A child’s right to be heard is one of Global Child Forum’s priority areas and “Listening to Children” is one of the commitments that business can take in our Pledge to Advance Children’s Rights in Business, launched in 2018.

We are now increasing our focus on children’s participation through a research project designed to develop a better understanding of current business practices, which will lead to the development of a practical resource for companies to support them in their efforts.

The project is led by Tara Collins, Associate Professor in the School of Child & Youth Care at Ryerson University in Canada, and Kay Tisdall, Professor of Childhood Policy, University of Edinburgh in collaboration with Global Child Forum.

We want to learn more about how businesses understand and practice children’s participation, what we can learn from different examples and what support businesses need to ensure that an ethical and rights-based approach is adopted.

If you agree to volunteer, you will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey. Your participation will involve answering the survey questions, which should take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey will be open to a maximum of 100 participants.

Your participation is completely voluntary and if you choose not to participate, it will not impact your relationship to any of the researchers, or your relationship with Global Child Forum, Ryerson University or The University of Edinburgh.

The research is funded by Global Child Forum and has been reviewed and approved by the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board REB (reference ID REB 2019-396).

If you are interested in more information about the study or would like to volunteer, please continue to the consent form below, email or call 1-416-979-5000 x 4563. Please note, that if you contact the researchers, your identity will no longer be anonymous, but it will be held in confidentiality by the researchers.

Please click on the link to launch the survey; it will be open until April 17th.

SURVEY – Children’s participation in Business

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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
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