The State of Children's Rights and Business 2022

Food, Beverage & Personal care

March 16, 2023

How do companies within the Food, Beverage & Personal Care sector respond to child rights? 

In December 2022, Global Child Forum launched a benchmark of the world’s most influential companies within Food, Beverage & Personal Care – assessing to what extent they addresses children’s rights in their public reporting. The benchmark scores reveal how well they perform in relation to industrial sectoral and regional peers. Please see here for results and key takeaways. 

At this webinar, we looked into what one sees when looking at the industry as a whole. Of all the business sectors benchmarked by Global Child Forum, the Food, Beverage and Personal Care sector arguably has the greatest impact on children’s health and well-being.  

Some examples:  

  • The consumer-facing companies in this sector have a special ability to generate meaningful impacts. Marketing communications from this sector to children carry weight with young people, shaping decisions around eating behaviors and influencing diet, weight, and overall health 
  • This sector continues to grapple with the impacts of child labour, especially in agricultural supply chains. The many products that contain staple raw materials such as cocoa, sugar, palm oil, and coffee are associated with children working in hazardous conditions. Worldwide, 60% of child labourers (aged 5-17) work in agriculture, including farming, fishing, livestock and forestry, meaning it impacts more than 98 million children. 
  • Children’s rights in the community and environment are impacted throughout the sector, from agricultural production right through to product waste and recycling. Companies in this sector may directly harm children by exposure to harmful chemicals or contamination or overuse of local water supplies. Indirect impacts, such as environmental degradation, may also disrupt agricultural production and undermine the livelihoods of local communities, thereby making it financially impossible for children to access basic services such as health and education. 

Webinar; The State of Children's Rights and Business 2022 - Food, Beverage & Personal Care


Katarina Mellström

Secretary General

Global Child Forum

Katarina has over twenty years of experience from managing companies with a focus on improving society and building bridges between stakeholders. Her most recent role was Senior Director at IVA, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, but she also has CEO experience from Mandator, Fujitsu Services and more. Katarina serves on the board of several organizations and holds a Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics from Stockholm University. She joined the team in September 2022. As interim Secretary General, Katarina is responsible for strengthening Global Child Forum’s financial partnerships and continuing to drive the organizations strategy forward.

Nina Vollmer

Senior Children's Rights and Business Specialist

Global Child Forum

As Research Manager, Nina’s main area of responsibility is to lead and develop the work on the Corporate Benchmark Studies on children’s rights that Global Child Forum produces in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group. In addition to this work, she also takes on other research projects and works on developing the content/inviting speakers for Forums and events. She has previously worked at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, the Swedish Teacher’s Union, the Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation – SweFOR in Colombia and SonyEricsson. She has also held the voluntary position of group secretary for Amnesty Business Group Sweden and been a member of the Board of Directors at Amnesty Sweden. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Science with a focus on human rights and development from Lund University in Sweden. Nina joined Global Child Forum in 2015.

Johan Öberg

Managing Director & Senior Partner

Boston Consulting Group

Johan Öberg is a Senior Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group. He leads the global private equity sector and is on the leadership team of The Boston Consulting Group’s Principal Investors & Private Equity practice. Johan has a broad experience from strategy, M&A and transformation projects globally. He holds a BA in business economics from Uppsala University and California State University, and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.

Food, Beverage & Personal Care benchmark

The State of Children's Rights and Business 2022

In December 2022, Global Child Forum launched a benchmark on of the world’s most influential companies within Food, Beverage & Personal Care – assessing to what extent they addresses children’s rights in their public reporting.

To the report

In collaboration

Contacts for queries

Sean O’Shea

Corporate Engagement Manager

Sean works as our Corporate Engagement Manager. Prior to working at Global Child Forum, Sean 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.

Adrien Askmo

Head of Partnerships and Forums

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.

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.