Sime Darby Plantation Speaks on Advancing Child Rights at the 10th Global Child Forum, Sweden

The 10th Global Child Forum 2018 was held on 11 April 2018 at the Stockholm Royal Palace, Sweden. 300 participants representing global companies, financial institutions, civil societies, the United Nations, academia and governments from around the world were present at the event to discuss child rights issues. The event was officiated by H.M. King Carl Gustaf XVI and ended with a speech by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria on the UN’s 17 global goals. Participants of the event were also urged to sign the Global Child Forum’s PACT Pledge, aimed at advancing children’s rights and business.

Speakers from the Global Child Forum 2018 photographed with (fourth from right) H.M. King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden; (third from right) H.M. Queen Silvia Renate Sommerlath of Sweden; (second from left) HRH Princess Sofia Kristina Hellqvist of Sweden; (third from left) HRH Princess Victoria Ingrid Alice Desiree of Sweden; and (fourth from left) HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands.
Dr Simon Lord, Chief Sustainability Officer of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad, was invited as a speaker on an Action Lab titled ‘Corporate Impact on community and environment: Ensuring children’s well-being around supply chains and operations’ and a Plenary session titled ‘Taking Responsibility – Managing Community and Environmental Impact.’ Sime Darby Plantation Berhad was Malaysia’s sole representative company at the event.
“Sime Darby was the first plantation company to develop a Child Protection Policy back in 2010, and followed up with its Human Rights Charter and Responsible Agriculture Charter in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Our responsibilities as a corporate entity are bound by the fact that by employing our workers, we are also bringing in their families to become part of our organisation. What is needed for the protection and advancement of child rights is action, not mere conversations on commitments to protect these rights,” said Dr Lord, during his sessions.
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