Global Benchmark underway

The State of Children's Rights and Business 2023

Global Child Forum

The State of Children's Rights and Business 2023

Global Child Forum, in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group, collects children’s rights data on some of the world’s most influential companies – assessing to what extent they address children’s rights in their public reporting. Since 2014, we have benchmarked nearly 3,000 of the world’s largest companies. All of our benchmarks can be found here.

This year, Global Child Forum is benchmarking 1,108 companies, distributed across eight sectors and six regions, against a set of 25 indicators. All companies included in the benchmark are part of the World Benchmarking Alliance’s SDG-2000 list. Based on the company’s score (0-10), companies are considered either as Beginners, Improvers, Achievers, or Leaders.  For more information on the methodology, please see here.

About the selection of companies

Global Child Forum joined the World Benchmarking Alliance in 2020 and adopted their SDG2000 to our universe. A selection of 800 companies, based on size (largest revenue in 2022), geographic and sector spread, will form the basis for the global benchmark report 2023 that will be published in Q4. Because of our special focus on the Technology & Telecom and Food, Beverage & Personal Care sectors, additional companies in these sectors that are on the SDG2000 list, will also be benchmarked.


Global Child Forum bases its benchmark scores on a company’s publicly available information, systematically assessing a corporate’s response to impacts on children’s rights. Scores are not a measure of actual company compliance with policies, outcomes of policies and/or programmes.

As a part of the benchmark process, preliminary scorecards are being sent to the companies, who are then offered the opportunity to review and give feedback on their scores, as well as provide additional evidence. Feedback is consequently reviewed and results updated accordingly. Not all companies acknowledge the feedback process. The benchmark process is visualized below.

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Company list

The State of Children's Rights and Business 2023

Click here to view all the companies included in the Global Benchmark 2023.

Contact us

Nina Vollmer

Senior Children´s Rights and Business Specialist

As the organisation’s senior expert, Nina conducts research and supports companies on how to improve their understanding of, and impact on children’s lives. She develops and works with the tools and services that Global Child Forum offers, including the Business Academy, Scorecard Feedback service, guidance and best practices. Nina also supports with content creation for events and communications. With responsibility for the methodology behind the Corporate Sector and Children’s Rights Benchmark, Nina is the appointed spokesperson for benchmark activities, and regularly speaks at key events and conferences. Nina holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Lund University (Sweden), and has worked both nationally and internationally with human rights and development within the NGO sector.

August Engström

Benchmark Manager

August is a Benchmark Manager at Global Child Forum. His role also involves interacting with and engaging the financial community with Global Child Forum's benchmark data. August has a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Economics from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet) and a Master's Degree in International Business and Management from the University of Uppsala. Prior to joining Global Child Forum, August worked in the financial sector and as a sustainability analyst.

Sean O’Shea

Corporate Engagement Manager

Sean works as our Corporate Engagement Manager. Prior to joining Global Child Forum, he 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.