Abbott Named Industry Leader for Prioritizing Children's Rights and Health

Jan 18, 2022 11:25 AM ET
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Abbott was recently recognized as an industry leader on The Global Child Forum’s State of Children's Rights and Business Global Benchmark 2021 for implementing policies and practices that address and protect the rights of children.

Global Child Forum, in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group, analyzed and ranked 832 companies across all industries, evaluating performance in three categories on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest score:

  • Workplace: Decent work for young workers, parents and caregivers, and prevention of child labor.

  • Marketplace: Marketing and advertising, preventing online abuse and exploitation, and product safety.

  • Community & Environment: Access to health, education and social services.

With a total benchmark score of 8.1 out of 10 possible points, Abbott ranked No. 1 in the Medical Equipment & Products sector. Abbott's score was nearly three points higher than the combined average benchmark score of 5.4 for all 832 companies that were ranked in this year’s scorecard. 

This recognition reflects Abbott’s commitment to work tirelessly to support all aspects of children’s best health. In some cases, that’s providing nutritional support when it’s needed. In other cases, it’s closing a hole in a heart or providing life-saving nutrients through our world-leading health technology and nutrition. For more information, visit

Abbott's work to advance children's health and human rights is part of the company's broader focus on delivering leading, sustainable performance across environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas. To learn more about Abbott's approach to sustainability, see our 2030 Sustainability Plan, which is focused on making access and affordability a crucial aspect of product innovation and advancing health equity globally.

About the State of Children's Right and Business Global Benchmark
Global Child Forum bases its benchmark scores on a company’s publicly available information, systematically assessing a company’s response to impacts on children’s rights. Scores are not a measure of actual compliance with policies, outcomes of policies and/or programmes nor should scores be construed as investment advice.  Read more about the methodology here.