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OECD Watch report says revised OECD guidelines should specifically include caste

The report Get Fit: Closing gaps in the OECD Guidelines to make them fit for purpose stresses the need to address discrimination based on caste explicitly in the OECD Guidelines that are up for […]

June 30th, 2021|Business, Dalit Women, India, South Asia|

New report: Dalit women working under “deplorable conditions” in Indian spinning mills, supplying global brands

“Based on our research, we conclude that the living and working conditions in the textile industry in Tamil Nadu are deplorable. In the worst case, this amounts to forced labour. Buying companies must take […]

May 28th, 2021|Business, Caste-based slavery, Dalit Women, India|

IDSN Annual Report 2020-21

The IDSN Annual Report 2020-21 covers key developments and activities within IDSN’s work under the thematic areas Dalit women and gender justice, business and human rights and equality and participation. The report can be […]

Ethical Trade Norway event highlights the need to tackle caste discrimination in global supply chains

IDSN presented on the panel of the event “Modern Slavery: Stakeholder dialogue on Caste in Global Supply Chains” organised by Ethical Trade Norway on 14 December,  to discuss ways to tackle caste discrimination in […]

December 20th, 2020|Business, Solidarity Networks, South Asia|

IDSN submits replies on caste discrimination to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights consultation

IDSN has highlighted the need to address caste discrimination in relation to human rights due diligence and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, in the response to the UNGP+ […]

November 21st, 2020|Business, United Nations|

Study: Dalits and Adivasis working under hazardous conditions in India’s stone industry

Dangerous working conditions, debt bondage and below minimum wages are some of the findings of the study ‘Between a rock and a hard place’ released by the Dutch-based human rights NGO Arisa. In the […]

July 23rd, 2020|Business, India|

Activists call for caste legislation as tech giant Cisco is accused of discrimination 

The federal lawsuit by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), alleges that dominant caste managers at Cisco’s San Jose headquarters campus, which employs a predominantly South Asian workforce, harassed, discriminated, and […]

July 17th, 2020|Business|

Report: Over 50% of child labourers in cottonseed farms in India are Dalits or Adivasis

A new report published by the human rights NGO Arisa has found that children under 14 years account for over 18% of the workforce in the cottonseed farms surveyed, with over 50% of the […]

June 16th, 2020|Business, Caste-based slavery, Dalit Children, India|

Call to action to respond to the suspension of fundamental labour rights in India

IDSN fully endorses the Call to action on Labour Law changes in India, issued by the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). The statement calls on businesses sourcing in India to respond to the news that […]

May 27th, 2020|Access to justice, Business, Caste-based slavery, India, South Asia|

New EU due diligence legislation will help Dalits in supply chains

The EU Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, has announced that the EU Commission will introduce a legislative initiative next year on mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence for EU based companies. If this legislation […]