Arisa is committed to structural improvements in the leather sector. Learn more about this sector below.

South Asia is a major supplier of leather products such as shoes, clothing and accessories. Millions of workers in the leather sector are subjected to poor working conditions. For example, workers in leather tanneries work with harmful chemicals on a daily basis without adequate protective equipment. Workers are often paid so little that their income is insufficient to meet their basic needs. As a result, children also have to work, meaning that child labour is widespread in the sector.      

Arisa has mapped the leather supply chain from South Asia to Europe and researched discrimination against Dalits and Muslims in leather production. In South Asia, working with dead animals and skins is primarily the task of Dalits and Muslims. Dalits make up the majority of workers, especially at the beginning – the informal part – of the supply chain. Poor working conditions are generally linked to the systematic exclusion of and discrimination against this share of the population.     

Arisa wants to make European companies aware of the human rights violations, often harsh working conditions and discriminatory practices suffered by workers in the leather supply chain. These companies have the power to improve working conditions in their supply chain.