Videos

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Street Play on Issues of the Garment Workers

As a part of the Migrant workers project (SYMPANY), Cividep and India Committee of Netherlands, worked along with Garment Labour Union(GLU) to improve the functioning of the union and increase in membership along. One of the activities undertaken for this project was organising street plays near the garment factories in Peenya. The video shows one of the street… Read more »

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An introduction to Cividep

Gopinath Parakuni
General Secretary, Cividep-India

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Dis-Connecting People – a film by Nokia India Employees’ Union

On International Workers’ Day, Nokia India Thozhilalar Sangam (Employees’ Union) releases its film titled ‘Dis-Connecting People’ documenting the voices of workers which has remained muted in the battle between the state and the corporation.

About the Film: Dis-Connecting People (35 mins: 18 Secs)
Finnish Company Nokia Corporation set up its largest mobile phone assembling plant in Sriperumbadur Taluk of Kancheepuram District in Tamil Nadu in 2005. Attracted by the tax concessions offered under Special Economic Zone Act 2005, resource subsidies and an army of cheap labour, Nokia found it profitable to assemble phones in India and sell them globally. In just 5 years the plant produced 500 million phones. It hired over 12,000 workers with majority being young women.

After profiting for 8 years, the company now faces charges of evading taxes to the Indian Government in thousands of crores. Imminent closure of the factory and loss of employment looms large for thousands of workers.

The film documents the voices of workers that have remained largely muted in the din of tax battle between the corporation and the State. They share there experiences of working in Nokia; the happy times of being ‘connected’; of building dreams of becoming ‘middle class’; their fears, anxiety and anger of being ‘dis-connected’ suddenly by the company that they helped ‘profit’ with their hard work; and their resolve to fight for their employment.

For more information contact: Nokia India Thozhilalar Sangam at nokianits@gmail.com/ President-Sarvanan Kumar

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Corporate governance and the UN Guiding Principles – UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

The second pillar of the UN Guiding Principles places substantial emphasis on internal corporate governance. The responsibility to respect human rights requires business to develop, implement, and verify internal policies and procedures to avoid causing or contributing to adverse human rights impacts, either in their own activities or by linkage through their business relationships. Those policies and procedures extend to all company functions and implicate a range of business processes. The UN Guiding Principles thus establish key parameters for business to demonstrate how they meet their responsibility to respect. They also provide benchmarks for other stakeholders, including affected stakeholders, investors, civil society, and government regulators, to assess the effectiveness of businesses’ human rights governance structures and performance. Guiding questions for the panel: What lessons can be learned from existing firm management and internal control systems for identifying, assessing, and measuring actual and potential human rights impacts? How can those processes be effectively integrated into broader governance frameworks? How are regulators requiring or incentivizing the integration of human rights into corporate governance? What tools have been innovated by civil society organizations to assess corporate human rights performance? How are investors attributing value and cost to implementing human rights policies and procedures?

Laura Ceresna-Chaturvedi from Cividep India was invited as a commentator to respond to these questions.

Watch complete video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46xT08SJ5QU

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Cividep at the Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct

The Global Forum on Responsible Business conduct which took place at the OECD in Paris from 26-27 June 2013 brought together government, business, trade union, civil society and international organisation representatives to address the core challenge of how to do well while doing no harm in an effort to contribute to sustainable development and enduring social progress. Cividep India was invited to speak at a special event on Human Rights and Internet Freedom in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

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The Dark Side of the Bargain Mobile Phones

The film the ‘Dark Side of the Bargain Mobile Phones’ by Christian Brueser was shot during a visit in 2012 and deals with the living conditions of mobile phone manufacturing workers from the Nokia Tech Park SEZ in South India. The film examines the standard of life workers can afford from the wages they receive and shows the challenges that workers who produce our mobile phones face on a daily basis

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Labels from a Global City - Part I

Labels from a Global City – Part 1

Bangalore the ‘Silicon Valley’ of India is not only home to a booming IT industry but also a hub for garment manufacturing units catering to international labels like GAP, TESCO, Wal-Mart and H&M. Approximately 5,00,000 workers are working under very poor conditions in these garment factories. The film ‘Labels from a Global City’ documents the plight of these workers who face several forms of harassment at the workplace including unpaid overtime work, high production targets and harsh treatment by their supervisors.

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Labels from a Global City – Part 2

Bangalore the ‘Silicon Valley’ of India is not only home to a booming IT industry but also a hub for garment manufacturing units catering to international labels like GAP, TESCO, Wal-Mart and H&M. Approximately 5,00,000 workers are working under very poor conditions in these garment factories. The film ‘Labels from a Global City’ documents the plight of these workers who face several forms of harassment at the workplace including unpaid overtime work, high production targets and harsh treatment by their supervisors.

Above the Din of Sewing Machines

Above the Din of Sewing Machines

This film documents the exploitative work conditions of women workers in the garment industry in Bangalore (aka the Silicon Valley of India). The city is home to a large garment industry that, until 2001, earned more foreign exchange from exporting cloth than the trade in information technology. This garment industry is largely geared toward exporting… Read more »