What is Caste discrimination?
260 million people face caste discrimination globally, and in India, one in six people are Dalits. Those in the lowest of castes – Dalits – in South Asia, are often considered “impure” and “untouchable” and a person’s caste may mean that he or she is forced to undertake the most dirty and hazardous jobs and is in effect subject to modern slavery. Caste discrimination is outlawed in most affected countries, but the lack of implementation of legislation and caste-bias within the justice systems, leaves Dalits largely unprotected. It is important to note that while this seminar focuses on caste, India’s indigenous communities, also known as Adivasis, suffer from similar discrimination and exploitation in the labour market
12.30 Introduction to New Guidance: Caste in Global Global Supply Chains, Human Rights Due Diligence and Ethical Trade Norway’s Base Code. Heidi Furustøl, Executive Director Ethical Trade Norway
12.50-13.30 Caste in Global Supply Chains – Background, Challenges and Solutions. Meena Varma, Executive Director, International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN)
13.40-14.10 India’s economic development: challenges and opportunities. Dan Banik, Director Oslo SDG initiative
14.10-14.30 Panel: Meena Varma, Dan Banik and Heidi Furustøl – practical guidance on concrete business challenges from participants – Q and As
14.30-14.40 Wrap up