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.


ActionLabs will focus on:

Most companies have extensive policies and reporting when it comes to their impact on the environment, but are much weaker when it comes to their impact on the surrounding community, of which children are an important part. Through sessions focused on how to connect social and environmental impact, the Forum will help you find synergies and break silos between these two important sustainability areas.


Although many companies have child labour policies, the majority still do not show how these are being implemented. The Forum will bring sessions focused on helping you bolster your supply chain by ensuring that children are considered while helping you navigate the regulatory landscape and ensuring strong stakeholder engagement.


Most companies lack attention to how marketing services and products impact children both when they are the intended user and when they’re indirectly affected. The Forum will provide sessions to explore the opportunities that focusing on children can bring to product and service development, and responsible marketing.


There’s no question that “ESG” is increasingly on the minds of investors. The “S” (social issues) are becoming more and more important and relevant to the business world. Children make up a huge part of society and investors are starting to understand the value of integrating children’s rights into their investment models to become truly socially sustainable. We see a growing interest from investors in the Global Child Forum benchmark methodology and data on how companies address children’s rights and several investors are already using these tools in their assessment and engagement processes. The investor perspective will be represented throughout the Forum both in delegate representation and in session content.

Former speakers

Prof. John Knox

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment

Bill Gates



HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

Founder, Missing Chapter Foundation

Stefan Löfven

Former Prime Minister of Sweden

Johan Dennelind

Former CEO

Telia Company

Fredrik Reinfeldt

Former Prime Minister of Sweden

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.

Selma Johansson

Programme Coordinator

Selma is the Program Coordinator at Global Child Forum. She recently studied the master’s program in Political Science with a focus on Security and Crisis Management at the Swedish Defence University in Stockholm and also has a BA in International Relations from Stockholm University. Her previous professional experiences include a traineeship at the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy where she helped communicate research on local democracy as well as organising international educational conferences in collaboration with Swedish Embassies. She joined Global Child Forum 2022.

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.