Last Friday, the Supreme Court handed out a landmark ruling when it ordered a garments firm named Godvari Garments Limited to pay Rs 10 lakh in pensions to women who stitched clothes for the company from their homes nearly three decades ago. The ruling is an important first step in recognising the rights of India’s nearly 3.74 crore home-based workers to social security benefits and labour protections. Although they are often involved in producing goods for major global retail firms, home-based workers lack visibility and recognition as workers within these supply chains and are systematically denied their rights.