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. During 2021 we will launch one regional benchmark for Southeast Asia, and one Global Benchmark in addition to the ones listed below.
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.
How are 2 600 of the world’s largest companies responding to children’s rights? Dive into our benchmarks below. Each benchmark is presented in a downloadable report, together with the methodology. Complete lists of assessed companies are available for all benchmarks conducted year 2019 or later.
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Since 2021 Global Child Forum only benchmarks companies that are a part of the SDG2000 list identified by the World Benchmarking Alliance to be the most influential in order to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Our benchmark covers the six regions: North America; Latin America and the Caribbean; Europe; Middle East and North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and Pacific. The nine industries are based on the Industry Classification Benchmark; Basic Materials; Consumer Discretionary; Consumer Goods; Financials & Property; Healthcare; Industrials; Oil, Gas & Utilities; Telecommunications & Technology; and Travel & Leisure.
The benchmark methodology is based on public available data and contains a set of 20 indicators clearly aligned with the Children’s Rights and Business Principles. The indicators are divided into the impact areas of Workplace, Marketplace, Community & Environment as well as generic indicators. The specific area scores for Workplace, Marketplace, and Community & Environment are calculated as weighted average of the components:”Policies & Commitments” , ”Implementation” and ”Reporting & Actions”.
The overall score for each company is calculated as a weighted average of the scores for the areas of Workplace, Marketplace and Community & Environment respectively.
Our methodology has developed throughout the years. A specific dowloadable methodology can be found in relation to each specific Benchmark listed above.
For the latest methodology on our global benchmark, see below.
In an effort to provide insights and guidance on how businesses protect – or fall short in protecting – children’s rights in the Nordic Region, this report draws on one of Global Child Forum’s essential research products: The corporate sector and children’s rights benchmark. More specifically, insights are provided across three areas where the corporate sector impacts children’s rights: The Workplace, The Marketplace, The Community and the Environment. In 2016, Global Child Forum, in partnership with Boston Consulting Group, published a benchmark study of the 299 largest companies in the region. This report is a follow-up to that study. An updated benchmark analysis has been conducted on 20 of the region’s largest companies.
In an effort to provide insights and guidance on how businesses protect – or fall short in protecting – children’s rights in South America, this report draws on one of Global Child Forum’s essential research products ‘The corporate sector and children’s rights benchmark’. More specifically, insights are provided across three areas where the corporate sector impacts children’s rights: The Workplace, The Marketplace, The Community and the Environment. In 2017, Global Child Forum, in partnership with Boston Consulting Group, published a benchmark study of the 300 largest companies in the region. This report is a follow-up to that study. An updated benchmark analysis has been conducted on 20 of the region’s largest companies.
Global Child Forum is currently collecting children’s rights data on approximately 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 8 sectors, 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 Africa, Southern Africa, Southeast 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 have received their preliminary scorecard and been given an opportunity to comment on their scores. The complete 2020 Southeast Asia Benchmark Report will be launched in Q1 2021 and will then be available for download from our website.
The benchmark report series is done in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group. For more information on the report methodology, please click here.
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