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Incorporate child rights into your investment and stewardship strategies

Global Child Forum equips the investment community with knowledge, tools and expertise to better understand and improve the way their business models and investment portfolios impact children’s lives.

As part of this work, we publish the largest benchmark on children’s rights in business. We are sharing the underlying benchmark data with the financial sector to help them incorporate child-inclusive investing into stewardship and investment strategies and practices.

What is child-inclusive investing?

Child-inclusive investing is the practice of assessing and disclosing a company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in relation to children, while aiming to make children’s rights is a natural part of the investment process. Even though this domain is often overlooked, companies and investors are responsible for respecting children’s rights in their investment activities under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Read more about how children’s rights are supporting investor sustainability strategies here.


Tools and services

Benchmark data

We provide company-specific data to make smart investments. Our benchmark has scored nearly 3,000 of the world’s largest companies on how they address children’s rights.

Sector risks

Understand your investment risks sector by sector. Our dataset assesses the impact of 32 different industries on child rights across the impact areas; Workplace, Marketplace and Community and Environment.

Geographical risks

Assess your investment risks through country by country data, covering 192 countries. This tool is developed in collaboration with UNICEF.

Partners and Friends

Top 5

Best performing companies

Since 2013, Global Child Forum has been benchmarking the world's most influential companies, assessing how they respond to children's rights. Our data can be used by corporates to increase their social impact, and for investors to inform their decision-making.

The scores in this top list come from the Food, Beverage & Personal Care Benchmark 2022.

Choose your sector to see the top five scoring companies within the specific sector, or search for a specific company result below.

Select industry:
Company Average score
Wilmar International
Olam International
Fuji Oil Holdings
Sime Darby Plantation
The Hershey Company
Reckitt Benckiser (RB)
Aldi Nord
Ahold Delhaize
Jeronimo Martins
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Contact us

Want to know more about how we can support you with our tools and data?

We are also available to speak at events and webinars about how to incorporate children’s rights into investment decision making processes.

Matthew Goodwin

Head of Sustainable Investing

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.

August Engström

Corporate Engagement Manager

As Corporate Engagement Manager, August main responsibilities lies within interacting with and engaging the financial community with Global Child Forum's benchmark data. August has a bachelors degree in environmental economics from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet) and a masters 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.