Founded in 1994 to end child labor in the carpet industry, and to offer educational opportunities to children in weaving communities, GoodWeave works to end child labor in the carpet industry and offers educational opportunities to children and improved working conditions for workers in India. The GoodWeave label is the best assurance that no child was exploited to make a carpet or rug.
GoodWeave licenses carpet exporters and importers to make and sell carpets without the use of child labor. By agreeing to adhere to GoodWeave's no-child-labor standard—permitting random, surprise inspections of carpet looms at all levels of the supply chain and paying associated license fees—companies receive the right to put the GoodWeave label on their carpets. The GoodWeave label also verifies that a portion of the carpet price is contributed to support weaving communities through children’s education, worker awareness, health programs and more.
While we were founded specifically to address child labor, we started work in 2009 to develop a new, expanded certification standard that directly addresses the issue of forced and bonded labor described by Mr. Kara in his report. We are in the process of working with our licensed exporters and importers to ensure compliance with the new standard, and provide support where necessary to make progress toward compliance. And we are collaborating with five other standards organizations that are part of the ISEAL Alliance to develop a method for calculating a living wage for workers in the carpet industry.
In fact, GoodWeave’s certification is the only independent system that inspects all levels of the carpet-making supply chain—from factory to all sub-contracted production. Behind GoodWeave's label is a holistic system for addressing labor exploitation, helping to create an environment in which viable alternatives exist to child labor and other forms of exploitation. GoodWeave community programs range from worker awareness and health programs to education for children and creating entire ‘child-friendly’ villages.
Thankfully, there is reason to be hopeful that these and other steps can make a meaningful difference. Through a combination of forces—including our own work and the commitment of our licensed exporters and importers—child labor in the carpet industry has dropped by an estimated 75 percent since 1994. And a recent independent report affirmed that child labor is virtually non-existent in GoodWeave monitored supply chains in India. But, it’s important to remember that the rugs coming out of the supply chains certified by GoodWeave still represent a small percentage of the rugs exported from India to developed nations like USA, Germany and UK. Thus we welcome the opportunity to work with even more retailers, importers and exporters to rid the carpet industry of child, forced and bonded labor once and for all.”
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