Global Child Forum Business Academy

Learning module 3

Social impact and the New Normal

Social impact
and the new normal

At the end of this module, you will have an insight into the most salient issues – including opportunities – in your sector in relation to social impact and the new normal, and how these issues tie into child rights and your business. You will also have heard from other companies on how they have tackled some of these issues, and discussed challenges and opportunities shared between the participants. The main aim is to have started gaining a better understanding on the possible due diligence measures required to manage and mitigate the challenges in your company.

We will be focusing on connecting internal research and stakeholder engagements with impact assessments and how to think through integrating new learnings into one’s own sustainability agenda. Learning module 3 consists of two sessions, please see below.

  • Session 1, March 15 2022, 3.30 PM (CET)
  • Session 2, March 22 2022, 3.30 PM (CET)

Connected SDGs

  • Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment
  • Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Deadline for the assignment is May 3rd 

Intermodular assignment - Module 3, Social Impact in the New Normal

With this assignment we want you to dig a little deeper on the topic of social impact in relation to support to parents and work-life balance within your organisation and in your supply chains. Please see PDF HERE.

This is a topic where most companies are already doing something. You might also have increased efforts or changed policies as a consequence of the pandemic. This assignment is about reviewing what you have and consider where you might want to change/step up your efforts.

If it’s helpful, you can take as a starting point the discussions in the previous two sessions around social impact in supply chains and own operations, how to engage the rest of your organisation and potential areas where you can address impact on children’s lives through decent work/work-life balance for parents through HR and supply chain/procurement policies, audit programmes, collaborations/partnerships, etc.

In this assignment you will:

  1. Identify a challenge

Identify an area that you would like to improve on/dig deepe into: where you see what your company does regarding especially decent work/work-life balance for parents and how this affects children’s lives.

  1. Engage your stakeholder(s)

Identify one (or more) internal stakeholders that you see as important for this issue: they might manage that area of operations, or have specific information that you need. In short: someone that will be key for success. Continue the discussion on topics, additional stakeholders and possible actions with them.

The purpose of this assignment is to:

  • Delve deeper into social impact either in your supply chain or within your own operations – how are your policies and actions in relation to parent’s working conditions having an 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 topic where you’re already active, but might want review what your organisation is doing.
  • Involve other people within your organisation that can help you achieve results/change.

Reporting back

For the session on 5 May, be prepared to share some key points from the assignment with the group, e.g:

  • How did you decide on a topic/topics, and which was it?
    • What was the reasoning behind your choice? Importance, impact, finding an “easy” starting point, already working on this in our organisation, etc?
  • How did you identify and approach your stakeholder(s)? – and who was it?
  • What was the result?
  • What are your takeaways from the exercise?
  • What will be your next steps?

Deadline for the assignment is May 3rd 

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Optional reading




  • Briefing “Opportunities for Businesses to Promote Child Rights in Cobalt Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining”
    Examines the current situation of children and communities linked to cobalt ASM sites, the root causes of child labour, working conditions at the mines, the impact of formalisation and the role international companies can play in addressing child labour and improving child rights. Link to briefing here. Link to infographic on key findings here
  • Briefing “Getting Through A Pandemic: Migrant Parents and Covid-19 In China’s Export Manufacturing Industry”
    Explores migrant parent workers’ migration trends in China’s export manufacturing sector since 2017, while also focusing on how COVID-19 has impacted workers and what buyers, retailers and suppliers can do to mitigate related challenges and risks. Link to briefing here. Link to infographic on key findings here
  • Family-Friendly Policies Handbook for Business
    Authored by The Centre for Child Rights and Business and published by UNICEF, this briefing offers guidance, ideas and suggestions for businesses that seek to develop an inclusive family-oriented business culture while enhancing workforce productivity and retention rates. Link to briefing here.