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  • Frank Du – Samsung Electronics.

    Save the Children has been working together with Samsung Electronics China to set up ambitious policies on child labour prevention and training all managers in China on children’s rights.

     

    Samsung released a Child Labour Prohibition Policy in China in 2014, which was developed in close collaboration with Save the Children’s implementing partner CCR CSR. The new policy is used both in-house and with all of Samsung’s suppliers.

     

    Frank Du, vice president and in charge of Human Resources at Samsung Electronics in China, is firm when he speaks about the company’s dedication to children and their rights. He is aware of the issues and difficulties facing a company of Samsung’s size with a complicated and large supply chain. Making sure suppliers comply with policies is notoriously difficult.

     

    “Suppliers may have a different view at the beginning, but we have a policy, a rigid policy, there is no argument. No room for argument.”

     

    Samsung now conducts random audits of suppliers as part of the new policy. Every supplier can expect to be checked at least four times in a year. The program is considered a powerful and effective way to deal with child labour and other compliance issues.

     

    This interview is part of a production for Save the Children’s Centre for Child Rights and Business.

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    China, 2015

    CCR CSR

    2:48 video
    Filmed at Samsung Electronics
    in Beijing

  • Steve Howard – IKEA.

    International furniture giant IKEA has been at the forefront of corporate work on human rights and sustainability for decades. Steve Howard is the Chief Sustainability Officer at IKEA Group.

     

    Since the early 1990s, IKEA has been working with Save the Children on a range of projects addressing education for children, children in emergencies, and protection of children from child labour.

     

    “Sustainability is not a ‘nice to do’, it is a ‘must do,’” says Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer at IKEA Group. “When we can care for our people, the people in our value chain and take care of the environment that provides a lot of our raw material and the impact in our customers’ homes – only then will we be able to continue to grow as a business.”

     

    Steve is a strong advocate for the Children’s Rights and Business Principles. “I think the Children’s Rights and Business Principles are really good at simplifying what businesses need to do,” he says. “It can sound abstract to some businesses [but] the principles are a well thought through checklist for how you can lead your business. We helped participate in the drafting of the principles to make sure they were business relevant and accessible for business.

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    The Netherlands, 2015

    Save the Children

    2:49 video
    Filmed at IKEA Group
    in Leiden

  • Christoffer Falkman – TOP-TOY.

    Save the Children is helping the leading Nordic toy and children’s products retailer to assess all their impact on children, from supplier to toy store.

     

    In 2014, TOP-TOY engaged Save the Children to support them in facilitating a child rights impact assessment and has since started to address product segments and marketing, as well as a number of child rights issues in their supply chain for which they are engaging with Save the Children’s implementing partner CCR CSR in China.

     

    “This has nothing to do with our charity work, this has to do with how we run business,” Christoffer Falkman who is the Sustainability Specialist at TOP-TOY.

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    Denmark, 2015

    Save the Children

    2:30 video
    Filmed at TOP-TOY
    outside Copenhagen

  • Bob Collymore – Safaricom.

    Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom, who is also a member of the UN Global Compact Board, is passionate about the importance of children’s rights in business.

     

    Save the Children is helping the largest telecommunications company in East Africa identify child rights issues and to set up monitoring and evaluation in order to support them further as well as keeping them accountable.

     

    Safaricom is one of the leading mobile operators in Kenya with over 23 million customers and almost 4500 employees. They are partnering with Save the Children to implement the Children’s Rights and Business Principles throughout their organisation.

     

    Safaricom has worked with rights issues and children for years and the newly developed Children’s Rights and Business Principles provided a better structure and tools to enable them to embed the notion throughout the organisation.

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    Kenya, 2015

    Save the Children

    2:14 video
    Filmed at Safaricom
    in Nairobi

  • Anna Nilsson – Swedbank Robur.

    Swedbank Robur is one of the largest asset managers in Scandinavia and the Baltic region and has worked with Save the Children since 2009. As an owner and investor Swedbank Robur can influence companies to take child rights into account.

     

    Swedbank Robur is the third largest asset manager in Sweden with combined assets of over €100 billion. Since 2002, the company’s portfolio has included sustainability funds that take social issues and human rights into account. As an owner they expect their companies to work with child rights and they have collaborated with Save the Children since 2009.

     

    “We have an ownership policy which states that we expect the companies to handle the relevant sustainability risks in their businesses to be competitive in the long run. And for many companies human rights and children’s rights are central,” says Anna Nilsson, Head of Sustainability at Swedbank Robur.

     

    Save the Children has supported Swedbank Robur through policy development and seminars. Swedbank Robur is a vocal advocate for the Children’s Rights and Business Principles.

     

    This interview is part of a production for Save the Children’s Centre for Child Rights and Business.

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    Sweden, 2016

    Save the Children

    2:25 video
    Filmed at Swedbank
    in Stockholm