Global Child Forum Business Academy

Learning module 2

Climate change and environment

Climate change
and environment

At the end of this second module, you will have developed a growing insight into the most salient issues – including opportunities – in your sector in relation to climate change and the environment; how they tie into child rights in your business; and how children are pivotal stakeholders in addressing environmental impact and climate action. The main aim is to have started identifying your gaps in this area.

You will also have heard from experts and stakeholders on how they have developed their understanding of some of these issues, while at the same time gaining a better understanding on the possible due diligence measures required to manage and mitigate challenges related to children’s rights (and climate) in your company. Learning module 2 consists of two sessions, please see below.

  • Session 1, Feb 8 2022, 3.30 PM (CET)
  • Session 2, Feb 15 2022, 3.30 PM (CET)


Connected SDGs

  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • Goal 13: Climate action


External Speakers:

David R. Boyd was appointed as the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment for a three-year term commencing August 1, 2018. He is an associate professor of law, policy, and sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Mr. Boyd is the author of nine books and over 100 reports and articles on environmental law and policy, human rights, and constitutional law. His most recent books include The Rights of Nature (ECW Press, 2017), The Optimistic Environmentalist (ECW Press, 2015), Cleaner, Greener, Healthier: A Prescription for Stronger Canadian Environmental Laws and Policies (UBC Press, 2015) and The Environmental Rights Revolution: A Global Study of Constitutions, Human Rights, and the Environment (UBC Press, 2012).

Francesca Manta brings more than 10 years of experience in human rights, sustainability management, and responsible supply chains to her work with companies in the infrastructure, financial services, and consumer products sectors. Prior to joining BSR, Francesca worked at a global Danish retailer, where she was responsible for human rights programs at the corporate and local level. Francesca has also previously worked with the Danish Institute for Human Rights as well as Vestas and Maersk, where she was part of their sustainability teams and helped to establish social compliance systems and managed broader sustainability initiatives such as materiality, reporting, and ethics. She has done field work in East Africa, India, Myanmar, China, and South Korea.


Intermodular assignment

The assignment for this module is to identify a “challenge” area where you see a connection between your company’s actions regarding climate/environment and social impact on children’s lives. Then connect with one or several stakeholders within your own organisations to discuss this with.

Purpose – goal
• Delve deeper into the connection between climate/environment and impact on children’s lives:
what are you already doing and can you develop this work/understanding?
• Get started with the first steps of the due diligence process on a new topic.
• Involve other people within your organisation that can help you achieve results/change.

For more details, including information on reading materials, download the full instructions HERE


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