Implementation of Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013 in the garment sector – an Event Report

As part of the study on Human Rights and Grievance Mechanisms, Cividep aims to urge state authorities to clarify the role and responsibility of various departments for stricter implementation of Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013. As a first step, Cividep brought together a small group of experts – CSOs, legal practitioners, activists, union members etc. – on 16… Read more »


Stitching Our Shoes report on the Leather industry in India, now in Spanish

Early last year, Cividep India, Labor Behind the Label and HWW published the Stitching Our Shoes report that focuses on thousands of women homeworkers from Tamil Nadu assembling leather shoes for export. This report was produced as part of the Change Your Shoes project which is an EU-wide campaign to raise the profile of workers in… Read more »


Walk a Mile in Their Shoes – Workers‘ Rights Violations in the Indian Leather and Footwear Industry

The Society for Labour and Development, New Delhi and the SüdwindInstitut, Bonn, has published the Walk a Mile in their Shoes Report and Factsheet as a part of the  “Change Your Shoes” project.  The research was conducted in two different regions: Ambur in South India and Agra in North India. The study shows that workers in… Read more »


Policy workshop on Plantations Labour Act – Event Report

On 30th September 2016, Cividep India, PAJHRA (Promotion and Advancement of Justice, Harmony and Rights of Adivasis) and PAD (People’s Action for Development) conducted a one- day policy workshop on Plantations Labour Act reform for the Assam tea sector. The workshop had 33 participants, including representatives of local and national CSOs, union members, academicians, retired… Read more »


Conference on International legally binding instrument on TNCs with respect to human rights

On September 15, 2016, Cividep India conducted a consultation meeting in New Delhi to discuss the possibilities of establishing an international legally binding treaty to regulate the activities of transnational and domestic corporations, and protect human rights including labour rights, environmental rights and the rights of indigenous people. The consultation meeting was held in the… Read more »


Tainted Tea: Slave Labour in your Cuppa?

In September 2015, a BBC investigation of working conditions on the tea estates of Assam, many of which supply tea to popular labels in the UK, revealed deplorable conditions on several estates. Extensive research documenting the nature of labour rights violations on tea estates in Assam show violations including denial of health care and subsidized… Read more »


Roundtable Meeting on Living Wages in the Garment Sector

On 17th June 2016, over 40 academicians, trade union activists, suppliers, brands and representatives of civil society organizations attended the roundtable meeting on the living wage issue organized by Cividep India in Bangalore, India. Mind the Gap: How the global brands are not doing enough to ensure a dignified life for workers in the garment… Read more »


Eliminating Violence against Women at Work

Sisters for Change partnered with Munnade, a local NGO working to support women garment workers with close ties to the only women-led garment worker union in Karnataka, The Garment Labour Union (GLU). The organisation held workshops to raise awareness amongst garment workers and also  conducted a survey to evidence the scale of violence and harassment…. Read more »

This heavily pregnant woman with a young child has just finished her shift at a garment factory.

Are global brands truly minding the gap? Cividep Responds to Global Brands

In 2014, Future in Our Hands (Framtiden i våre hender), Norway and Cividep India jointly conducted a study comparing working conditions and wages in two global supply chains that cater to the European market and have links to South India. The report, which was published in February 2015, concluded that the working conditions in both the supply chains are below universally… Read more »

remedy remains rare

Remedy Remains Rare

National Contact Points (NCPs) were established to promote adherence to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the Guidelines). In 2000, these state-based offices began accepting complaints from people harmed by companies’ noncompliance with the Guidelines. With this new role, NCPs acquired the potential to serve as a much-needed forum for accessing remedy for corporate abuses…. Read more »