The State of Children's Rights and Business 2022

Food, Bev. & Personal Care

Food, Beverage
& Personal Care

This year, Global Child Forum will benchmark some of the world’s most influential companies within Food, Beverage & Personal Care – to assess to what extent they addresses children’s rights in their public reporting. The benchmark score will reveal how well they perform in relation to industrial sectoral and regional peers. The final results will be published on this page in Q4 2022.

Preliminary scorecards will be sent to all included companies in June, for them to give feedback and respond to our screening.  Based on the company’s score (0-10), they will be considered either a Beginner, Improver, Achiever, or Leader.

In collaboration with Boston Consulting Group, Global Child Forum has benchmarked nearly 3,000 of the world’s largest companies latest years. You can see previous reports here.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with us, please email our Benchmark Manager, August Engström, at

About the Benchmark


The scores are based on assessment covering three impact areas (Workplace, Marketplace and Community & Environment) as well as a section covering Collaboration and governance topics. The full methodology can be downloaded above.

  • Governance & Collaboration: Company Commitment & Engagement
  • Workplace: Company operations & Supply chains
  • Marketplace: Product Safety & Marketing
  • Community & Environment: Contribution & Impact

The impact areas are based on the Children’s Rights and Business Principles.

Due to updated industry weightings and the impact area ‘Governance & Collaboration’ (new for this year’s benchmark), the 2022 overall scores are not directly comparable with the overall scores given in previous benchmarks. However, we do have the possibility to make such comparisons by re-calculating older scores as the indicators we assess companies towards are the same. If you want to know more about these changes and how to compare your score from a previous benchmark, please contact



In 2022, Global Child Forum has chosen to benchmark a specific sector, Food, Beverage & Personal Care – including 310 of the world’s most influential companies. Please see above for a complete list will att the companies. All companies in this study are included on the World Benchmarking Alliance’s SDG2000 list[1].

Scoring is based on publicly available information (in English), collected between March and June 2022. All companies in the study will be informed of their scores and will be given the opportunity to provide feedback on their results in early Q3.



The Food, Beverage & Personal Care sector[2] is comprised of four industries:

  • Food & Beverage. The Food & Beverage industry includes 172 companies producing food and beverage products that are typically sold through other retail outlets.
  • Agriculture products. This industry includes 61 companies producing food commodities, oils, oleochemicals, fertilisers, animal feed and fibre.
  • Retail. This industry includes 50 companies which primarily are retail supermarkets selling food, beverages and personal household products.
  • Personal & Household Products. This industry includes 28 companies producing cosmetics and personal hygiene and household products sold to customers through other retail outlets.


[1] In 2020, Global Child Forum joined the World Benchmarking Alliance and adopted their SDG2000 as the universe from which companies are selected for our Corporate Sector and Children’s Rights Benchmarks.

[2] The benchmark uses an adapted version of the Refinitiv TRCB Sector Classification system for classifying sectors and industries. A company can only belong to one sector and one industry. Companies are classified based on available information about their main business operations/source of revenue.


Global Child Forum basis it’s 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. Final scorecards will be made available to all companies for fact checking purposes, but not all companies acknowledge this review process.

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with us, please email our Benchmark Manager, August Engström, at

August Engström

Benchmark Manager