Join our session on caste-based discrimination at the OECD Forum

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