Commentary: Multinationals in India should help address caste discrimination (provides recommended tools)

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31 October 2009

End The Apartheid [India]

Author: Meena Varma, Director, Dalit Solidarity Network-UK, in Outlook Business [India]

Caste discrimination, is without doubt, the largest example of systemic abuse of human rights in the world today...There is a real opportunity for global corporations in India to address the caste issue through their employment and corporate sustainability policies...Numerous tools have been devised ...one is the ‘Ambedkar Principles,’...Another potent tool is the ‘dalit discrimination check'...In recent years, the Dalit Solidarity Network has been talking to several British companies investing in India, including HSBC, StanChart, Barclays, Lloyds TSB, and Shell.

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2 May 2009

Bite The Caste Bullet [India]

Author: Naren Karunakaran, Outlook Business [India]

“I was the one who was against caste profiling and kept it at bay in the group for decades,” confesses Irani [Director, Tata Sons], who also heads the council for affirmative action of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). But in finally doing so now, the Tatas have shattered prevalent mores of the Indian private sector, which has been running scared of the dreaded c-word...[also refers to Forbes Marshall Group, Bajaj Auto, Kamani Tubes, General Motors, Ford, Verizon, Wal-Mart, Johnson Controls, PepsiCo, P&G, IBM, HSBC, Suryatech Solar Systems]

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1 September 2008

[PDF] Dalit Discrimination Check

Author: Intl. Dalit Solidarity Network, Danish Institute for Human Rights

The Dalit Discrimination Check is a tool developed specifically to help companies prevent discrimination and exploitation of Dalits in their Indian operations and suppliers. The tool is designed as a comprehensive checklist consisting of self-guided questions and indicators that highlight possible violations. The tool provides simple descriptions of what the components of Dalit discrimination looks like in the business context, and allows managers to check their company’s policies, procedures and performance.

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21 July 2006

The Ambedkar Principles

Author: Dalit Solidarity Network

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