10.01.2017 - 13.01.2017 — Hall: 4.1 Stand: F OY09
GoodWeave is a global nonprofit organization working to stop child labor in the carpet industry and replicate its market-based approach in other sectors. Founded in 1994, GoodWeave has developed and refined a unique market-based model to stop child labor. GoodWeave partners with rug producers in India, Nepal and Afghanistan that pledge to employ only laborers of legal working age. Located on the back of a rug, the GoodWeave label offers the best assurance that a rug was not made by children. To ensure that producers are delivering on their no-child-labor promise, independent GoodWeave inspectors make frequent, unannounced inspections of each carpet-weaving facility. We are now testing our work in five new sectors, aiming for rollout in each new product category where transferability is proven. We are implementing pilot projects in apparel, fashion jewelry, home textiles, tea, and bricks.
Since its founding, GoodWeave has rescued nearly 4,000 child laborers and prevented thousands more from carpet work. In addition to reducing child labor, GoodWeave offers educational opportunities to children in India, Nepal and Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of rescued and at-risk children have received an education and other life-enhancing opportunities such as daycare, medical services and vocational training.
No other organization in the rug industry has stricter certification standards. GoodWeave is a full member of the ISEAL Alliance where only best-in-class certifications like Fair Trade and FSC are accepted. GoodWeave’s ISO 65 accreditation ensures the organization is independent of external pressure, is transparent in its certification process, demonstrates proper quality control and confidentiality, and that all producers are treated equally.