How do the world’s most influential companies respond to children’s rights?

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The State of Children’s Rights and Business

Since 2013, Global Child Forum has benchmarked companies in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group, with the goal of assessing their performance on children’s rights. Our unique data can be used by corporates to increase their social impact, and by investors to inform their decision-making.


Our business universe is the SDG2000 – companies identified by the World Benchmarking Alliance as the most influential in reaching the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. To date, we’ve assessed nearly 3000 companies.


Knowledge and insights from our children’s rights benchmark equip businesses to meet the ever increasing demands of financial investors, governments, civil society, and the communities in which they operate. Businesses can assess their performance in relation to peers from their sector, industry or region – and the data is highly relevant for investors and other stakeholders that assess or rank companies.


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From our latest benchmark

7% of the companies of in our benchmark scored as Leaders, with top scores in relation to how they support children’s rights

Learnings from the Global Benchmark Report 2023

Watch Katarina Mellström, Secretary General of Global Child Forum, deliver an address on the key findings and takeaways from our latest benchmark report.

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Top 5

Best performing companies

Since 2013, Global Child Forum has been benchmarking the world’s most influential companies, assessing how they respond to children’s rights. Our data can be used by corporates to increase their social impact, and for investors to inform their decision-making.


The scores in this top list come from the Global Benchmark 2023, and are based on the total selection of 1108 companies – find out more about which companies were benchmarked here.


Choose your sector to see the top five scoring companies within the specific sector, or search for a specific company result below.

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Company Average score
Wilmar International
General Mills
The Hershey Company
Volvo AB
Schneider Electric
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Norsk Hydro
Ingka Holding (Ikea)
LVMH Moet Hennessy - Louis Vuitton
General Motors Corporation (GM)
Galp Energia
SK Innovation
Compania Espanola de Petroleos (CEPSA)
NN Group
Absa Group
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)
Itau Unibanco Holding
Wilmar International
General Mills
The Hershey Company
Jeronimo Martins
Merck KGaA
Aspen Pharmacare
Merck & Co
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The Workbook

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Reporting best practices

Take a look at some examples of how companies are clearly and effectively reporting on children’s rights, and boosting their benchmark score!

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Benchmark data & sustainable investment

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Sustainable investors use our benchmark data to inform their decision-making processes, and reduce their child rights risk exposure.

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Sean O’Shea

Corporate Engagement Manager

Sean works as our Corporate Engagement Manager. Prior to joining Global Child Forum, he worked at the Stockholm School of Economics as a Corporate Project Manager. Before moving to Stockholm in 2021, Sean worked as the Private Secretary to the Ambassador of Japan to the UK and earlier, as a Senior Parliamentary Assistant and Chief of Staff to several members of the UK Parliament. Sean has a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Exeter. He joined Global Child Forum in September 2022.

Nina Vollmer

Senior Children’s Rights and Business Specialist

As the organisation’s senior expert, Nina conducts research and supports companies on how to improve their understanding of, and impact on children’s lives. She develops and works with the tools and services that Global Child Forum offers, including the Business Academy, Scorecard Feedback service, guidance and best practices. Nina also supports with content creation for events and communications. With responsibility for the methodology behind the Corporate Sector and Children’s Rights Benchmark, Nina is the appointed spokesperson for benchmark activities, and regularly speaks at key events and conferences. Nina holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Lund University (Sweden), and has worked both nationally and internationally with human rights and development within the NGO sector.

Matthew Goodwin

Head of Sustainable Investing

Matthew is pioneering a new role at Global Child Forum as Head of Sustainable Investing, responsible for building Global Child Forum’s relationship with the financial services sector and ensuring that our sustainability data on children’s rights is made available to investors, asset managers and asset owners, helping them integrate children’s rights into their operations and investment decision-making process. Prior to joining Global Child Forum, he spent eight years at Lloyds Banking Group in London. Matthew studied Law and French at Université Paul Cézanne, Aix Marseille III and The University of Sheffield.

Impact Report 2022

How does Global Child Forum create impact?

We strive to influence companies to elevate their action for children's rights, making a positive difference on a global scale.

How is this achieved? Take a look at our latest Impact Report.

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