Caste guidance launched at seminar on vulnerable workers in business supply chains

Human rights issues related to caste in global supply chains was a key theme at the seminar on vulnerable workers, held in Copenhagen on 12 November, organised by IDSN, the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH) and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) in the UK.

The room was packed and registration closed days before the event, due to a large […]

IMADR and IDSN joint workshop on strategies to tackle caste and gender discrimination held at Beijing +25 forum

Participants and presenters shared stories, ideas and strategies at the workshop Minority Women: 25 Years as Agents of Change Together, organised by IDSN and the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) at the Beijing+25 Regional CSO Forum in Bangkok, on 26 November. The presenters included Judith Anne Lal, from […]

IDSN participates in the ALNAP annual meeting on humanitarian action

IDSN was represented by Innasimuthu Pandiyan, from IDSN Associate the Social Awareness Society for Youths (SASY), at the Annual Meeting of ALNAP, a global network of NGOs, UN agencies, members of the Red Cross/Crescent Movement, donors, academics, and networks – dedicated to learning how to improve response to humanitarian crises.

The 32nd ALNAP Annual […]

Workshop on strategies to tackle caste and gender discrimination at Beijing +25 regional CSO Forum

IDSN Participates at UN Global Consultation on Business and Human Rights

Henri Tiphagne, member of the IDSN board, represented IDSN in the Global Consultation on National Human Rights Institutions and access to remedy (Project on the Role of NHRIs in facilitating access to remedy for business-related human rights abuses), on the 10 and 11 October. This consultation is part of an ongoing project of the Office of the High […]

Dalit women producing leather footwear for global brands suffer serious labour rights abuses

A new report by Homeworkers Worldwide finds Dalit women working in global leather supply chains being subjected to discrimination, insecure work, low wages and labour rights abuses, including sexual harassment.

The report, Due diligence in Tamil Nadu leather footwear manufacture, identifies caste and gender discrimination as one of the root causes of worker vulnerability and rights abuses in […]

Seminar on vulnerable workers in global supply chains focusing on caste – Copenhagen 12th November

The Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH) is hosting an international seminar on the challenges faced by marginalised groups, working under some of the most difficult conditions in global supply chains, discussing how addressing discrimination and injustice directly with suppliers can mitigate the risks of slavery and child labour in supply chains and ensure inclusive workplaces.

The seminar is from 1-4 pm […]

Caste discrimination raised at the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session

During the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Contemporary forms of Slavery, Minority Rights Group (MRG) and IDSN delivered a joint statement highlighting some features of slavery today that affect Dalits, in particular Dalit women.

The joint statement stated that “Dalits have limited access to […]

No more silence: Companies must address caste in their global supply chains

Press Release – Ethical Trading Initiative – UK

Remaining silent about caste discrimination in global supply chains is fueling modern slavery, child labour and the exploitation of workers in South Asia, according to new ETI Base Code guidance for companies published today.

Caste in global supply chains, which has been produced in […]

IDSN statements and recommendations at the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session

IDSN has contributed to the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session with two joint statements with Minority Rights Group International (MRG) on slavery and on safe drinking water and sanitation. IDSN also issued specific recommendations aimed at states and circulated by IDSN.

Read the MRG and IDSN statement in connection with the ID with the SR on contemporary forms […]