About This Show
Voices is a podcast series by the Institute for Human Rights and Business that takes the conversation on business and human rights around the world. In this series, IHRB staff members talk with activists, academics, lawyers, business executives, and officials in different parts of the world about how they see the business and human rights agenda and challenges in their part of the world.
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Recently on a visit to London, Gopinath Parakuni spoke to IHRB's Salil Tripathi about a campaign by Civil Initiatives for Development and Peace (Cividep) to highlight the working conditions of informal workers in the leather and shoe manufacturing sector in India. He spoke about the low wages, the lack of unionisation, the exposure to health and safety risks, and the absence of due diligence. He pointed out the role the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights could play in improving standards, and why focusing on brands and educating consumers is an important part of the campaign.
Gopinath is the general secretary of Cividep, a Bangalore-based organisation campaigning for workers’ rights and corporate accountability. Cividep has been working to educate and empower workers and communities in India to ensure that businesses comply with human rights, labour rights and environmental standards. It targets the garments, electronics, and leather and tea/coffee sectors. Cividep is also a member of a number of international networks, including the Good Electronics Network, OECD Watch and the Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims.
Rated 5 out of
Very interesting conversations with leading thinkers in the field from Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh, UK and India.
Date published: 2015-02-10