Over the last two decades, GoodWeave has built a cutting-edge, market-based system to end child labor in the South Asian carpet sector. Whereas child weavers were a commonplace when GoodWeave began inspecting and monitoring looms, such prevalence has fallen by almost three-quarters in the past 20 years of our operation. GoodWeave partners with exporter companies and fundamentally alters the “business as usual”, to significantly protect the worker communities. While other supply-chain solutions focus on the main factories and primary production units, GoodWeave’s defining feature is its ability to reach even the micro-scale factories in the informal part of the supply chain, including home-based production.
The GoodWeave System (GWS) comprises of four interconnected components: 1) Driving the Market; 2) Developing Child-labor-free Supply Chains; 3) Creating Educational Opportunities for Children; 4) and Ensuring Decent Work for Adult Workers.
After refining its system overtime, GoodWeave now finds itself in an exciting scaling phase, bringing its model to other sectors in India, including ‘Apparel’. Our latest project is a pilot in Northern India directed towards bringing down child, forced and bonded labour in the informal supply chains of the apparel sector. This two-year pilot initiative will establish and test a new sourcing system, which over time will increase supply chain visibility, and improve the conditions for home-based workers. GoodWeave will also work closely with these communities to offer protection and educational opportunities to the local children.
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