Global Child Forum

Children’s Rights and Business

Put child rights at the core of your business

How to implement a Child Rights perspective

About this guide

Welcome to Global Child Forum’s practical step-by-step guide on how to incorporate children’s rights into existing business processes. This guide aims to inform, inspire, and equip companies to implement a children’s rights perspective throughout the value chain. The workbook has been written in alignment with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and The Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBPs).


Who is it for?

The guide can be used by professionals working in sustainability, social impact or human rights, or consultants supporting companies in their human rights due diligence work.


What does this guide contain?

In the guide you’ll find:

  • Step-by-step guidance and concrete tips
  • Information to help you build an internal business case
  • Examples from other companies such as Marks & Spencer, Microsoft, and more!
  • Useful checklists
  • References to other valuable tools and frameworks
  • Templates to use in your organisation, to help understand, map and address your company’s impact on children


Developed together with our partners

The workbook was developed with the active support and participation of Lindéngruppen*, driven by a determination to implement a children’s rights perspective in their own businesses and enable other companies to do the same.

Our benchmark partner Boston Consulting Group supported the development process, and Emily Sara Lee of ESLEE Consulting contributed invaluable expertise in human rights due diligence and was responsible for compiling and finalising text and templates.

* Lindéngruppen is a second-generation family business based in the South of Sweden, focusing on sustainable and long-term development of industrial companies. The group is made up of Beckers, Colart, Alex Begg and Höganäs.

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Talk to an expert

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.

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.

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.