On 21 February, we are organising a side session at the OECD Forum on Due Dilligence in the Garment and Foodware Sector:
Caste-based Discrimination: a salient risk in the garment and leather supply chains in South Asia
21 February 2022 | 12 – 13.15 CET
Studies of the garment and footwear sectors in key caste-affected countries such as India and Pakistan, have shown that a majority of those engaged in forced and bonded or child labour and/or hazardous working conditions in these sectors are Dalits (oppressed castes). During this session, results will be shared of recent research and on how caste-based discrimination displays itself on the work floor in South Asia. Participants will be equipped with tools to take action to protect and remedy human rights violations stemming from caste-based discrimination in their operations and supply chains.
The session will cover:
- WHAT is caste-based discrimination and WHY is it relevant to international business?
- HOW do the garment and leather workers in South Asia experience caste-based discrimination?
- HOW can international business adress caste-based discrimination in their supply chains?
The session will have the format of a round table with presentations and active involvement of participants.
- R. Karupussamy – Rights Education and Development Centre (READ – India
- Farhat Parveen – NOW Communities – Pakistan
- Peter Mcallister – Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)
- Meena Varma – International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN)
- Representative of European garment or leather brand sourcing from South Asia (tbc)
- Sandra Claassen – Arisa (Facilitator)
The session is organised by Arisa, Together for Decent Leather, ETI, READ, and IDSN. Join the conversation on Twitter: @idsnupdates // @arisafoundation // @ethicaltrade // @READSathy