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Hydro ranks high in child rights survey

The Global Child Forum has placed Hydro at the top of global metals & mining companies in child rights in it “The State of Children’s Rights and Business 2021” report released November 30.

Hydro has policies and activities for the benefit of children around the world. (Photo: Hydro/Roberto Ribeiro)

The organization works with the Boston Consulting Group to assess company policies and activities in the areas of Workplace, Marketplace and Community & Environment. Hydro scored 8.7 out a maximum of 10 points overall.

“In the past year, Hydro has participated in the Global Child Forum’s Business Sounding Board,” says Åsne Burgess Øyehaug, Social Responsibility Manager in Hydro. “Through this board, we’ve supported the Forum by providing feedback on a range of initiatives and new tools available to companies to improve their respect for child rights.

“The Forum has also supported us in developing Hydro’s new Child rights program. We aim to improve our benchmark score through the program, but importantly, create more awareness in the organization and strengthen our ability to safeguard and support children’s rights.”

The Global Child Forum sees business as a positive driver for child rights. “When businesses integrate a children’s rights perspective into their operations – when they see children as key stakeholders and proxy indicators of progress on sustainable development goals – promise turns into practice which turns into progress,” the group says.

About Global Child Forum

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 programs. Final scorecards were made available to all companies for fact checking purposes, but not all companies have acknowledged this review process.

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.


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