Global Child Forum
11 April 2018

Be inspired to be the change

The 10th Global Child Forum, on 11 April 2018 at the Stockholm Royal Palace, brings together thought leaders and prominent development and corporate practitioners from around the world to showcase best practice, highlight research and spur action at the highest level.  The insights, analysis and initiatives presented at the Forum will provide a critical cornerstone for further progress on the children’s rights and business sustainability agenda.

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Children and business interact daily. As family members of workers, young employees, consumers, and as members of the communities affected by supply chains.

Children are also future leaders, investors or employees.

The myriad of ways business impacts children’s lives provides ample opportunities to respect and support children’s rights, in collaboration with industry groups, civil society and governments.

The goal of the 10th Global Child Forum  is to inspire business solutions and collaborations that empower children to  thrive and reach their potential. And the good news? Business also wins. 

The one-day Forum presents delegates with opportunities to:

Inspire Action: The latest research, thought-leadership and case studies will be presented on how businesses are impacting children’s rights in their operations and supply chains as well as through collaboration, innovation and investment

Build Partnerships: Network and build partnership around specific child rights issues and themes

Invest in Children: The Forum will showcase a range of innovative initiatives around business and children’s rights for businesses to learn from, or apply, join and amplify.

The 2018 Forum will provide delegates with the opportunities to learn, partner and invest so that together, we can support all children to enjoy their rights and reach their full potential today and tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Think deep. Think wide.

The Forum will explore the positive role that business can play to promote, accelerate and invest in every child, through three sub-themes:

  • Turning supply chain challenges into mutual opportunities: Which programmes and partnerships have helped businesses turn risk mitigation strategies into competitive advantages? What child labour partnership programmes can be amplified? Which innovations and initiatives will diminish the impact of company operations on children’s health and their environment?
  • Making quality education accessible to all: What role can business play to address the “learning crisis” and accelerate equal access to free, safe and quality education as well as early childhood development? What is the role of ICT in ensuring education prepares children for the future economy? Which public-private investment schemes have the most impact on marginalised groups? What impact do innovative education programmes have on equal access to quality early years to tertiary education?
  • Promoting equal rights for girls: What can business do to ensure today’s girls have equal opportunities and can contribute to, and benefit from, tomorrow’s economy? How can businesses better support parents in combining work with childcare? How does the gender pay gap affect the most vulnerable children? How can companies ensure that their products, services and marketing are taking girl’s wellbeing and rights into consideration?

The complexity of factors impacting children’s rights, including lack of decent work for parents, child labour, gender inequality, limited access to quality education and health require long-term investments in partnerships, across businesses, civil society and governments. We need to come up with innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions that respect universal human and children’s rights.