18. May 2021

Strengthening children’s rights: The KinderZukunftsFonds




Methodology development and children’s rights basic checks


Since May 2021


The German charity organisation Kindernothilfe establishes Germany’s first mutual fund that promotes a future worth living for children and safeguards their special rights. To this end, it is important to identify issuers that meet the guiding values, such as the promotion of children and young people, education, upbringing and environmental protection.


imug rating develops the rating methodology for the selection of pioneering companies based on standards for children’s rights – such as those of UNICEFor the Global Child Forum. imug rating supports the asset management in the selection of suitable securities by regularly reviewing issuers as part of the children’s rights basic check.

Our process


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Kindernothilfe developed the criteria catalogue together with experts from business, development, the church, climate research and sustainable finance. What is special about it? There is not only a criteria committee that makes recommendations for the inclusion of titles, but also the active participation of young people: The Youth Advisory Board, made up of trainees from KD-Bank and young people from Kindernothilfe’s environment, brings young people’s views into the decision-making process for the KinderZukunftsFonds.

The KinderZukunftsFonds places a special focus on companies that take a pioneering position in the promotion of children’s rights. The operationalisation developed by imug rating is based on the principles for the protection and promotion of children’s rights by companies. These principles were established by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children.

imug rating establishes a direct link to children‘s rights through the children’s rights basic check. In this check, we examine whether a company respects children’s rights and – in particular – whether it regulates the handling of child labour in its own operations as well as the supply chain. For companies from particularly risky sectors, we expand the check to find out whether a company’s measures are adequate to manage these risks.

Are you a fund manager looking for support in selecting securities according to individual ESG criteria? Or are you an NGOand would like to use the financial market as an additional lever to achieve your goals? We are looking forward to advising you!

Your personal contact

Laura Börjes

Laura Börjes and her team

“I applaud the initiators of the KinderZukunftsFonds […] for their efforts to push the sustainable finance discussion to the next level and to accept the challenge of identifying available data sets and indicators that can inform best and pro-active corporate practice to support the rights of the child, a key element of the SDGs.”

Ban Ki-moon, Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations

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