Stockholm Royal Palace

Global Child Forum

1 December 2022, Sweden

Children’s Rights and Business in a Changing World

The Global Child Forum, on behalf of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden, is hosting an exclusive, invitation-only, global forum on children’s rights and business at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden.

We will be hosting top company executives in two high impact sectors: Tech & Telecom; and Food, Beverage & Personal Care. The Forum will showcase how a child rights perspective can bring value to these sectors by sharing insights, best practices, co-learning, and how companies can create a positive impact on children’s lives.

Featuring inspiring keynote speakers, and a range of interactive working sessions with several opportunities to exchange insights from peers and experts on a range of sustainability topics closely intertwined to children’s well-being, the Global Forum is the greatest opportunity in the calendar year for companies in these sectors to not only understand what the most pressing issues are, but also where their gaps sit.

A selected set of stakeholders, including investors, industry associations, multilaterals, child rights organisations and youth perspectives from around the world will bring their perspectives to the conversation. They will also be present to give a wider and deeper understanding of key-issues affecting children as a consequence of private sector policy.

The Forum will focus on creating bespoke break-out sessions speaking to industry initiatives and gaps with the aim to show that children’s rights, beyond being a moral choice, is one that makes business sense. Companies that engage in children’s rights find an increased improvement in employee retention, increased legitimacy across operations globally, contribute to more sustainable, stable, and inclusive markets as well as increasing their brand value reputation claims.

Former speakers

Fredrik Reinfeldt

Former Prime Minister of Sweden

Bill Gates



HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

Founder, Missing Chapter Foundation

Johan Dennelind

Former CEO

Telia Company

Prof. John Knox

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment

Per Heggenes

Chief Executive Officer

IKEA Foundation

Mike A. Parra

Chief Executive Officer

DHL Express

Paul J. Sistare

Founder and Chairman

Atlantica Hotels International

Winnie Byanyima

Executive Director

Oxfam International

Paul Schoenmakers

Head of Impact

Tony’s Chocolonely

Carine Smith Ihenacho

Chief Corporate Governance Officer

Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM)

Mikael Ohlsson

Former President & CEO

IKEA Group

Dr Gunhild A. Stordalen

Founder & Director

EAT Initiative

SeokPil Kim

Former President & CEO

Samsung Electronics

Reto Schwager

Former Chief Executive Officer


Contacts for queries

Adrien Askmo

Program Manager

Adrien joined the Global Child Forum at the start of 2016 and since then has worked in both research and in contributing to the Forum process. Prior to joining Global Child Forum, he worked at the Stockholm Policy Group, a management consulting firm specializing in peace, security and development, and international law and human rights. While there he worked on reports for various development agencies analyzing their out-of-country programs with a focus on conflict sensitivity. He has also worked as a teacher in Thailand, France and the United Kingdom. He earned an MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick, where he graduated first in his year. He also received a BA in History, with a minor in Economics, from Westminster College.

Matthew Goodwin

Sustainable Finance Manager

Matthew is pioneering a new role at Global Child Forum as a Finance Sustainability Manager responsible for building the 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.

Linda Ravin Lodding

Head of Communications

As the Head of Communications, Linda is responsible for bringing our work, and our message, to our stakeholders. She has long career in communications both in the private and public sector working for UN-affiliated organisations such as The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. Her public sector work is augmented by assignments in advertising, internet consulting and brand development. She holds an undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University. Linda joined Global Child Forum in 2015.