In a new study from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Global Child Forum, the 300 largest listed companies in the Nordics have been assessed on indicators tracking how children’s rights are addressed by corporations. Clas Ohlson is recognised in the study as one of the leading companies.
The study Corporate Sector and Children’s Rights Benchmark is one part in the benchmark series of five, which since 2013 has produced one global and three regional studies of the Middle East and Northern Africa, Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia. The companies in the study have been assessed on seven indicators and ranked on a scale from 0 to 9. The global average is 2.9 points while the Nordic average is 2.0. Clas Ohlson is however, with its 7 points out of 9, part of a group of companies recognised as industry leaders.
“We defined children as important stakeholders to our business several years ago and have worked with a clear focus on children’s rights issues ever since. That this work is being acknowledged is of course pleasing, especially in a renowned study like this. However, there are still much to be done, not least in our ongoing projects for Chinese migrant workers’ families,” says Åsa Portnoff Sundström, Head of Sustainability at Clas Ohlson.
The indicators assessed in the study are: board accountability, materiality and risk assessment, child labour reporting, performance reporting, addressing children’s rights issues other than child labour, collaborations with child rights organisations and charity and/or programs related to children’s rights.
More information on the study, BCG and Global Child Forum can be found on: http://www.globalchildforum.org/resources/childrens-rights-corporate-sector-nordic-region/.
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