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[PDF] The caste system and CSR

Author: Sharan Bal, CSR Asia, Published on: 19 May 2010

…For any company…in India, the caste system represents both a social and human rights risk...It also represents an opportunity to institute change through its CSR policies and practice…A very interesting report written in 2007 by the UK branch of the International Dalit Solidarity Network profiles multinationals operating in India…with respect to caste. Companies analysed included Shell, Unilever, Cadbury Schweppes, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Marks and Spencer, and Tesco…The majority of these companies have extensive diversity policies...however, only HSBC explicitly mentions caste as a basis of non-discrimination...Here are some other suggestions on how to make your CSR caste conscious: 1. Localise CSR strategy 2. Stakeholder Engagement 3. Workplace policies 4. Supply Chain management 5. Community Investment [also refers to initiatives by Tata Group, Forbes Marshall Group, Voltas]

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Related companies: Cadbury (part of Mondelēz International) Cadbury Schweppes (now Cadbury) Forbes Marshall HSBC Marks & Spencer Standard Chartered Tata Group Tesco