Global Child Forum, in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group, has been benchmarking companies since 2013 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. We have just launched our global benchmark, The State of Children’s Rights and Business 2021, scoring 832 companies across the globe.
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 sectors are largely based on The Refinitiv Business Classification (TRBC): Apparel & Retail; B2B; Basic Materials; Energy & Utilities; Financials; Food, Beverage & Personal Care; Healthcare, Technology & Telecom; Travel and Leisure
The benchmark methodology is based on public available data and contains a set of 27 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 (since 2018). For the latest methodology on our global benchmark, see below.
Global Child Forum basis it’s benchmark scores on a company’s publicly available information, systematically assessing a corporate’s response to impacts on children’s rights. Scores are not a measure of actual company compliance with policies, outcomes of policies and/or programmes. Final scorecards were made available to all companies for fact checking purposes, but not all companies have acknowledged this review process.
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.