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28 January 2016

Report calls for development banks to provide a stronger complaints mechanism for people harmed by their projects

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27 January 2016

India: Socialist Unity Centre of India burns effigy of Chief Minister on Tea Garden issue

Author: Prashant Acharya, Echo of India

Hundreds members and supporters of Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) and the Tea Plantation Employees’ Union today protested and demonstrated in Siliguri against state government demanding immediate reopening of closed tea gardens of North Bengal...

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15 January 2016

3 UK tea brands drop Indian supplier over work conditions

Author: Jane Deith, BBC News

Three of the UK's top tea brands have stopped buying from a group of Indian plantations after a BBC investigation exposed dangerous working conditions. The BBC found a disregard for health and safety on an estate in north-east India owned by Assam...

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7 January 2016

India: Red Label, Yash Raj Films launch India's first transgender music band

Author: Pritha Mitra Dasgupta, Economic Times

Hindustan Unilever's tea brand Brooke Bond Red Label Red Label and Yash Raj Films (YRF) have come together to launch India's first transgender music band as a part of co-branded association...This 6-member band will be called Brooke Bond Red Label 6...

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5 January 2016

Labour and Human Rights Briefing: Agricultural Supply Chains - Dec 2015

Author: Ergon Associates

[Includes updates on:] UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)...New resource on business and labour exploitation from FLEX and Freedom Fund...La Strada International and SOMO...guidance and tools for ‘Engaging the Private Sector to End Human...

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3 December 2015

India: Fact finding mission reports abuse and violation of the human right to food and nutrition in tea gardens

Author: FIAN International

An International Fact Finding Mission (FFM) headed by the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition (GNRtFN) visited tea plantations in Assam and West Bengal...objective of the Mission was to investigate the status of the human right to food...

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30 November 2015

India: Fact finding mission visits Bengal's tea gardens

Author: Ajanta Chakraborty, Times News Network

An International Fact Finding Mission is visiting and tea plantations in  Assam and West Bengal from November 27 to December 4....With 18 members from 9 countries, the purpose of the Mission is to understand the status of the human right to food and...

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21 November 2015

Unilever Finds That Shrinking Its Footprint Is a Giant Task

Author: David Gelles, New York Times

…As chief executive of Unilever…[Paul] Polman has made sustainable production…the company’s top priority…Not only does the Unilever sustainable living plan pledge to cut the company’s environmental impact in half by 2020, it also vows to improve the...

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1 November 2015

Sri Lanka: Making 'Equal Pay' work

Author: Zahrah Imtiaz & Shaahidah Riza, Ceylon Today [Sri Lanka]

According to the Department of Census and Statistics report on employment, the distribution of Semi-Government Sector employees in 2012 had 70.4 per cent of the permanent cadre being made up of male employees. Women only made up 29.6 per cent of the...

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26 October 2015

India: New tea partnership to tackle abuse and trafficking in Indian tea communities

Author: Ethical Tea Partnership


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