Global Child Forum and GES International have surveyed asset owner signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2014, 2015, and 2017,1 in order to understand perspectives of the investor community on integrating children’s rights issues into decision-making processes. We are now taking stock of the knowledge generated from these surveys and from recent in-depth interviews with nine investors. The main findings of our work are presented here.

The purpose of this report is twofold: to provide information and inspiration to investors by highlighting the relevance of children’s rights, and to supply concrete tools and frameworks for applying related perspectives. We also present two company examples which serve to demonstrate how investors can work with children’s rights on a practical level.

Investors play a key role in the development of responsible corporate governance and practices regarding environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Applying a children’s rights lens to responsible investment is an effective catalyst to further promote good corporate governance; it links easily to related issues such as pollution, climate change, community impacts, health, and product safety.

Children are both a vulnerable target group with unique needs and the consumers and leaders of tomorrow. For this reason, there is a moral as well as a business case to be made for taking into account those situations relating to children. We encourage all investors to recognise their responsibility and take action to understand and advance children’s rights.