Modern Slavery: Caste in Global Supply Chains, Guidance for Business and Organisations - UN Global Compact Norway

Modern Slavery: Caste in Global Supply Chains, Guidance for Business and Organisations

Caste is the single biggest enabler of labour exploitation and modern slavery in all of South Asia and arguably the single largest human and civil rights issue in the contemporary world. Any business sourcing from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka or other caste-affected countries, as well as other ethical trade stakeholders, should be aware of the mechanisms of caste discrimination and how it may relate to them.

In this seminar we will be given an introduction to caste discrimination by the International Dalit Solidarity Network and the Ethical Trading Initiative’s new caste guidance will be introduced as an effective tool for business and organisations to proactively counter caste-based discrimination and respect fundamental human rights.

Tidspunkt

26. nov
Kl. 12:30 - 14:30

Sted

Digitalt

Arrangør

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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

Programme

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)

13.30-13.40 Break

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

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Tidspunkt:

26. nov

Sted:

Digitalt

Arrangør:

Etisk handel Norge

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