Global Child Forum

Global Child Forum and The PRI are driving corporate action to improve children’s lives

PRESS RELEASE

STOCKHOLM, SEPT 14, 2022

Global Child Forum benchmark data on children’s rights and business is a core pillar in The PRI’s human rights data, offerings investors an understanding of how children’s rights issues are being measured across sectors.

Global Child Forum, a leading children’s rights and business platform, regularly produces the world’s most comprehensive benchmark on children’s rights and business, scoring nearly 3,000 companies on how well companies report on children’s rights policies, practices, and governance. This data set is now available to The PRI’s (Principles for Responsible Investment) signatories, as part of their comprehensive overview of human rights benchmarks aimed at helping investors understand how child rights issues are being measured across sectors.

“Investors today are hungry for ESG data that give them better insight into a company’s viability,” said Matt Goodwin, Global Child Forum’s Sustainable Finance Manager.  “Understanding how a company measures and reports on children’s rights is the best place to start in achieving a holistic view of a company’s impact on people and the planet.”

Children make up a large part of society and investors need to understand and integrate children’s rights into their investment models if they are to become truly socially sustainable. Global Child Forum is quickly becoming a leader in equipping the investment community with the knowledge, tools, and expertise needed to better understand and improve how their business models and portfolios impact children’s lives. The benchmarks, and underlying data, are now being used to help the financial sector incorporate a children’s rights perspective into their investment strategies.

Just as for businesses, institutional investors have a responsibility to respect human rights. The role of benchmarks is significant to the investor community – they are a good indication of where companies stand relative to their peers in the market, as well as where and how further efforts could be made to ensure human rights are respected in investment activities,” says Soh Won Kim, Analyst at the PRI. “Investors are now expected to play an active and significant role in shaping real-world, positive outcomes for people. With their benchmark data, Global Child Forum has contributed to enabling this.

The next Global Child Forum benchmark, to be launched on December 1, 2022, is a deep dive into the Food, Beverage and Personal Care sector, scoring over 300 of the world’s largest brands on how they report on child rights. It will be launched at the Global Child Forum at the Stockholm Royal Palace.

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If you are an investor looking to access our benchmark data, or want to explore more of our tools and services, please visit our Invest Responsibly page here.

For more information on Global Child Forum’s Children’s Rights and Corporate sector benchmarks, please see here.

To view all the benchmarks hosted on PRI’s, website please visit:
https://www.unpri.org/human-rights/human-rights-benchmarks-for-investors-an-overview/10375.article

 

About Global Child Forum

Founded in 2009 by the Swedish Royal Family, Global Child Forum is a leading forum for children’s rights and business dedicated to innovative thinking, knowledge-sharing and networking. Global Child Forum believes in the power and responsibility of business, working in partnership with all parts of society, to create a prosperous, sustainable and just society for the world’s children.

In addition to forums, Global Child Forum delivers research perspectives, best practices and risk assessment tools designed to unlock opportunities for business to integrate children’s rights into their operations and communities.  For more information, please visit: www.globalchildforum.org

For further information, please contact:

Linda Ravin Lodding
Head of Communications
Global Child Forum
linda.lodding@globalchildforum.org
mobile: +46 72 387 0248

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