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Nov 2021
PRESS RELEASE: Global Benchmark report 2021

Stockholm-based Global Child Forum today announced the results of their report, “The State of Children’s Rights and Business 2021”, showing that companies need to urgently address the implications of their climate actions on children.

Nov 2021
PRESS RELEASE: Global Child Forum opens their Business Academy

Stockholm-based Global Child Forum announced today the launch of their newest program, The Business Academy,  designed to be a children’s rights and business accelerator helping companies focus on their children’s rights risks and opportunities, supported with peer-to-peer learning.

Feb 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Filippa Bergin joins Global Child Forum as new Head of Research and Business Development

Filippa Bergin has been appointed new Head of Research and Business Development at Global Child Forum, charged with leading on the organization’s work to strengthen the understanding and relationship between corporate profitability and children’s rights.  She assumed her role on January 9.

Sep 2019
Global Child Forum Calls on Asian Business Leaders to Prioritize Children’s Rights

BANGKOK 16 September – Global Child Forum, a Stockholm-based leader in children’s rights and business, is bringing together actors from business and civil society to take action on children’s rights at the CSR Asia Summit – the region’s foremost annual sustainability event being held on September 18 - 19. This is the third time Global Child Forum has participated in this summit, underscoring their commitment to placing child rights on the corporate social responsibility agenda in the region.

Apr 2019
Partner Advisory Board Meeting 2019

This year’s Partner Advisory Board at the Royal Stockholm Palace, held on March 27th, marks Global Child Forum 10-year anniversary. The organisation’s partners come together annually for a half-day meeting to discuss the challenges faced by children the world over and the role that business can play in addressing these challenges. The meeting also looked to the next 10 years and focused on how Global Child Forum can increase it’s relevancy to the corporate sector.

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Mar 2022
More than ever, businesses need to protect children in the Ukraine crisis

Watching the situation in the Ukraine unfold, we are alarmed for the citizens of Ukraine and especially the nation’s children who are fleeing – sometimes alone – to safe havens. The well-being of the country’s 7.5 million children is at stake. 

Jun 2021
It’s time for business to close the disclosure gap on child labour!

To mark the UN World Day Against Child Labour, and this year’s focus on the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour 2021, Global Child Forum’s Nina Vollmer looks more closely at what companies can do to help erase child labour from the map.  Child labour is a complex issue, but findings from our benchmark report reveal that closing the disclosure gap, can be one step in the right direction.

Oct 2020
Surveillance and digital privacy during Covid-19

In the final days before lockdown was introduced in the United Kingdom, CRIN hosted a panel discussion on surveillance and facial recognition at the Tate Modern where we addressed some of the risks they pose for children’s rights. Since then, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many people to move their lives almost exclusively online, as adults began working from home and schools resorted to online learning. Such big changes, however, raise basic questions.

Sep 2020
How coronavirus makes us rethink youth protests

As social distancing, quarantines and lockdowns have spread across the globe to slow the spread of coronavirus, they have imposed some of the greatest worldwide restrictions on public gatherings in living memory.

Jun 2020
A Watershed Moment for Business: The effects of COVID-19 young people

Of all the heartbreaking effects of COVID-19, its impact on young people could prove to be one of its most damaging legacies. In fact, the coronavirus crisis risks turning back the clock on years of progress made on children’s well-being and has put children’s rights under serious pressure across the globe. Linda Lodding, Head of Communications at Global Child Forum, takes a closer look at these pressure points.

Jun 2020
COVID-19 and Child Labor

As is the case in most crises, the most vulnerable in society will feel the worst impacts of COVID-19.

May 2020
Supporting the youngest learners and their families in the COVID-19 response

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to school closures in nearly every country in the world, putting approximately 1.5 billion children and youth out of school.

Jan 2020
Listening and learning: Top 10 children’s rights issues for business to consider

To mark Global Child Forum’s ten-year anniversary, Désirée Abrahams asked both adults and children, what they considered the top 10 most important child right’s issues for business to consider in the next decade. In this blog post, she shares her reflections on the process and the survey’s findings

Nov 2019
Why business must become a champion of children’s rights

Johan Öberg, a core member of The Boston Consulting Group’s Principal Investors & Private Equity practice and a board member of Global Child Forum, comments on the results of the global benchmark study The State of Children’s Rights and Business: From Promise to Practice.

Jul 2019
Global Child Forum turns 10: Reflections from the past decade

For a decade, Global Child Forum has been working to promote children’s rights – focusing primarily on the business sector to drive this change. To mark this anniversary, the organization is looking back at how the situation for children’s rights in business has transformed, and flagging new emerging issues that require urgent attention.

Jun 2019
Q&A with Anna Gedda, H&M’s Head of Global Sustainability

How the Swedish retail giant views children’s rights and business. As one of the largest fashion retailers in the world, the H&M Group has the capacity to drive economic and social change. Global Child Forum’s Head of Communication, Linda Lodding, spoke with Anna Gedda, H&M’s Head of Global Sustainability about how the Swedish retail giant addresses child rights issues in their vast supply chain – and what keeps Anna awake at night.

Apr 2019
Child Inclusion: The new normal

HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Founder of Missing Chapter Foundation, makes the case that, when businesses engage in intergenerational dialogue and children’s ideas are given serious attention, the result is better, more innovative solutions to sustainability issues.

Mar 2019
Child Labour Policy: An integrated approach

The world has taken on a tremendous task: to eliminate child labour. Global Goal for Sustainable Development no 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth states that by 2025 child labour in all its forms shall be eliminated. This is ambitious as the target is supposed to be reached five years earlier than 2030, the end date for the Global Goals as a whole. At the same time, the latest report on child labour from the International Labour Organization (ILO), shows that even though child labour is on the decline, it’s not declining fast enough, and in recent years, the pace has slowed considerably. At the current rate, the ILO estimates that by 2025, 121 million children will still be in child labour. So, what are we doing wrong? And more importantly, how can we improve, so that child labour can finally be a thing of the past?

External reports

External Publication
UN Business Guide: Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis

The security situation in Ukraine has significantly deteriorated following the launch of a Russian Federation military offensive on 24 February 2022. Learn how the private sector can help in this brief OCHA Business Guide to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis.

External Publication
Ukraine crisis: What can business do for children and their families?

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine poses an immediate threat to the lives and well-being of the country’s 7.5 million children and is displacing a growing number of them from their homes. UNICEF and ICC have set out the actions companies can take to support children in Ukraine affected by the crisis.

External Publication
Promoting diversity and inclusion in advertising: A UNICEF playbook

This playbook provides starting points for defining the different types of stereotyping that can have a harmful impact on a child’s well-being and development, with tools for business to create guidelines and strategies for ensuring diversity and inclusion in their creative content and products for children.

External Publication
Digital Connectivity during COVID-19: Access to vital information for every child

This data-driven research brief explores three research questions. 1) How much do we know about children’s basic access to the internet across the globe? 2) Do children regularly use the internet to access health information? 3) Are children able to verify the truth of online information?

External Publication
Save the Children’s COVID-19 Response: Our impact in 2020

This report details progress on our four key pillars of the global COVID-19 response from Q2 to Q4 2020. It uses data collected from countries against each of the indicators set out in the COVID-19 response plan and uses children’s stories to highlight our work.

External Publication
The Hidden Impact of Covid-19 on Children: A Global Research Series

The global study by Save the Children reveals the hidden impacts of pandemic response measures which are impacting children’s health, nutrition, education, learning, protection, wellbeing, family finances and poverty. For the most marginalised and deprived children, those impacts have the potential to be life-altering and potentially devastating.

External Publication
The Role of Business in Mitigating the Social Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis on Workers and their Families

On June 9, CCR CSR’s Executive Director Ines Kaempfer facilitated an online session on “The Role of Business in Mitigating the Social Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Workers and Families” at the UN Virtual Forum on Business and Human Rights.

External Publication
Webinar: Introduction to Child Rights and Business in Supply Chains

A webinar from IETP, Save the Children, and CCR CSR with insights on COVID-19 exploring child rights in business and how companies can have a positive impact on both children and parents.

External Publication
Guide: Supporting Working Migrant Parent and Families in times of Coronavirus

The guide sets out the range of practical projects which CCR CSR is delivering to enable companies to support parent workers and their families and to strengthen resilience during COVID-19.

External Publication
Protect a Generation: The impact of COVID-19 on children’s lives

This report provides a summary of selected findings from Save the Children’s Global Research Series on the hidden impact of COVID-19 on children.

External Publication
Children’s Rights and Digital Business During COVID-19 and Beyond: 10 Core Messages

This brief offers an overview of the key issues associated with children’s interactions with and within the digital environment highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It offers one core message on each along with links to further sources of information or guidance designed for digital companies, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

External Publication
Making Rights-Respecting Business Decisions in a COVID-19 World

This resource aims to provide companies with a set of practical and immediately applicable approaches to better understand rising human rights risks related to the pandemic and how to make rights-respecting business decisions in response.

External Publication
Human Rights Due Diligence and COVID-19: Rapid Self-Assessment for Business

A new tool will help businesses consider  and manage  the  human rights impacts  of COVID-19 response and recovery in their operations. The tool lists 48 potential actions for businesses to inform their actions based on relevant provisions of International Bill of Human Rights and the UN Guiding Principles.

External Publication
Children’s experiences with digital learning during COVID-19

Telia Company asked 7, 000 students across seven countries in the Nordics and Baltics about their experiences from studying from home. Despite challenges and substantial changes in habits that happened overnight, their overall experience has been largely positive. The survey gives insights into how digital schooling can be further developed in the future.

External Publication
Family Friendly Policies and Other Workplace Practices in the Time of Context of Covid-19

This document builds on material developed by UNICEF EAPRO, UNICEF ESARO and the ILO. It is an interim guidance note, developed in a fast-evolving situation. It provides general recommendations that aim to help employers strengthen support for workers and their families.

External Publication
Covid-19 and Child Labour: A time of crisis, a time to act

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we face the risk of reverting years of progress. We may see an increase in child labour for the first time in 20 years. This is why ILO and UNICEF decided to look into the ways the crisis is affecting child labour.

External Publication
UNICEF: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Its Implications for Protecting Children Online

While digital solutions provide significant opportunities for sustaining and promoting children’s rights, these same tools may also increase children’s exposure to online risks. This technical note from UNICEF and partners sets out some of the key priorities and recommendations on how to mitigate those risks and promote positive online experiences for children.

External Publication
Save the Children: Global Response Plan to Covid-19

Unprecedented in scale, COVID-19 is a global crisis that poses immediate threats to children’s rights to survival, development, learning, protection, and to be heard. Unless mitigated, the pandemic risks undermining progress made on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and puts an entire generation of children at risk of not fulfilling their potential.

External Publication
ICC-UNICEF Guide to Family-Friendly Business Continuity

ICC – UNICEF guidance for businesses to safeguard the well-being of employees, their children and their families while responding to COVID-19. This guide, which is adapted from a UNICEF guide for business, includes measures that business leaders can take to achieve both short- and long-term positive impacts.

External Publication
Practical Guide for Business: How to Reduce the Impact of COVID-19 in ESAR

The worldwide coronavirus pandemic continues to spread exponentially, driving up the numbers of infected people to over 267,000 in more than 184 countries to date. COVID-19 confirmed cases are also rising in Eastern and Southern Africa and time is of the essence to take the right measures to contain and slow down its spread. Here are key actions you can take to team up against COVID-19.

External Publication
Business Engagement Guide: How Business Can Help Reduce the Impact of COVID-19 on Children and Families

UNICEF is committed to continuing to deliver assistance to children across areas affected by COVID-19 and is working with governments and partners in business, civil society and other sectors to find solutions to ensure children continue to receive the assistance they urgently need. This guide serves to inform businesses on the different actions they can take and contributions they can make to help reduce the impact of COVID-19 on children and families.

External Publication
COVID-19 impact on child labour and forced labour

What is the real impact of COVID-19 on child labour and forced labour? How the ILO has repurposed its resources and operations to mitigate the devastating effects of the pandemic? How the international community can contribute to this effort? Based on an analysis of the most evident effects of COVID-19 on child labour and forced labour, the briefing note presents 6 urgent interventions aimed to reach around 1 million vulnerable children, communities and families in 10 countries.

External Publication
Human Rights Watch: COVID-19 and Children’s Rights

This report outlines key human rights risks to children related to the COVID-19 crisis, and steps that governments should take to protect children’s rights in the pandemic, mitigate its devastating effects, and benefit children after the crisis is over.