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Goodweave – taking practical steps to end Child Labour

“We want [companies] to think beyond the factory gate…GoodWeave’s unique offering is the combination of inspection and monitoring and community mobilisation throughout the supply chain… making this initiative a viable complement to those already underway, as well as a stand-alone best practice.” — Joost Kooijman, UNICEF

The GoodWeave label is as important to us as the Deirdre Dyson label on our carpets.

GoodWeave was born in an Indian jail cell in the early 1990s. After reuniting a trafficked child weaver with his mother, future Nobel Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi was outraged to see dozens more children with a labour broker.

Imprisoned overnight for causing a disturbance, he awoke with a simple idea: follow the money. If companies and consumers refuse to buy products tainted by child labour, producers can’t make them. Kailash reached out to allies and GoodWeave International was officially established in 1997. It was the first organisation to use product labeling to remediate a human rights issue.

Today, GoodWeave’s market-driven model includes company engagement, supply chain inspections, product certification, consumer awareness, victim rescue and remediation, and preventative efforts such as educational programmes in at-risk communities. GoodWeave reaches layers of the supply chain that were previously invisible — making child labour a thing of the past.

Kabul, Afghanistan, June 2nd, 2014, Ariana Rugs.

This is Goodweave’s unique market-based model:

Harness Market Forces in partnership with rug importers and high street brands to create demand for goods made without child labour. GoodWeave prevents children from toiling in labour by distinguishing products with the GoodWeave label.

Clean up Supply Chains by independently monitoring against the GoodWeave Standard, including all tiers of production from factory to individual home, and remediating all cases of child labour.

Create Educational Opportunities to stem the tide of child labour, ensuring that all children from vulnerable worker communities are attending school and learning.

Improve Conditions for All Workers by addressing a broad set of workers’ rights throughout the supply chain and offering skills training and other improvement programmes.

The Figures* involves are staggering:

  • 152 million child labourers worldwide
  • 72 million children performing hazardous work
  • 25 million people living in forced labour
  • 6.3 million children in forced labour

Child labour and global supply chains are getting increasing attention, yet practical solutions that respond to the priorities of both workers and businesses remain elusive. While many organisations work in this field, the collective effort is not yet reaching the most vulnerable at the very bottom of the supply chain, such as in sub-contracted sites and where homeworkers are found. GoodWeave addresses this gap.

*Data from “Global Estimates of Modern Slavery,” International Labour Organisation and Walk Free Foundation, 2017

Kabul, Afghanistan, June 2nd, 2014, Ariana Rugs.

Goodweave‘s impact to date:

  • 300+ companies
  • Thousands of children rescued
  • Tens of thousands enrolled in educational programmes
  • Overall reduction in incidence of child labour

Always look for GoodWeave certified products when you buy rugs, embellished goods, fashion jewellery and home textiles.

Win a Deirdre Dyson hand knotted rug in the 25th Anniversary Goodweave Charity Raffle, enter here.


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The Price of Free – the work of Goodweave’s Kailash Satyarthi

We are proud partners of GoodWeave, a charity striving to end child labour in the rug industry but few of us really understand the extent of child exploitation in the supply chains of everyday items from food products, clothing, jewellery, homewares – the list is endless and as consumers we are unwittingly complicit.

Noble Peace Prize winner and founder of GoodWeave Kailash Satyarthi features in the feature-length documentary The Price of Free, highlighting the work undertaken be his team across the globe rescuing children from slavery.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize, US Documentary at Sundance 2018, this profoundly moving and eye-opening film is a must see, especially as the frenzy of Christmas spending is underway.  Please take the time to view.

 


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GoodWeave Nepalese Earthquake Appeal

We are long-time affiliates of GoodWeave. For over a decade Goodweave has worked tirelessly to end child exploitation in Nepal’s carpet industry and provide education and opportunities to rescued and at-risk children.

Nepal

As we all know, entire sections of Kathmandu, where GoodWeave operates, have collapsed, leaving thousands dead and injured and many more without shelter, food, water, and electricity. All of the children and staff at Goodweave’s Hamro Ghar building are safe, but the building is damaged.

Nepal

Goodweave has set up an Earthquake Relief Fund and outlined to it’s affiliates the problems faced on the ground in Nepal, their strategy to address them and the potential long term impact of the disaster, which we have set out below.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The earthquake has caused extensive damage to buildings, roads and communications systems. Families have been separated, their lives and livelihoods disrupted. People living in poverty and former victims of child labour and trafficking are always hit hardest by natural disasters and the recent earthquake has put them at even greater risk of exploitation.

How will this project solve this problem?

GoodWeave will deliver urgent services to the children and weaving communities we serve through:

  1. Addressing the immediate needs of the children in Goodweave’s rehabilitation centre and schools and weaving families with food, shelter, medical care, and other necessities. Support will be coordinated with major relief organisations to ensure that our community of about 16,000 people receive the support they need;
  2. Rebuilding of GoodWeave’s programmed infrastructure to ensure schooling for 785 children isn’t interrupted for an extended period;
  3. Providing support for rug exporters for rebuilding infrastructure, a critical long-term economic recovery need for Nepal’s top export sector.

Potential long-term impact

GoodWeave was operating in Nepal long before the earthquake hit, and will continue to work with the weaving and brick-making communities long after the news cameras have gone.  By working on long-term recovery with the children and communities GoodWeave serves, they will ensure that they are better equipped to face future disasters and come out of this tragedy stronger than before.

Please donate as generously as you can:

www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-vulnerable-victims-of-nepals-earthquake

Nepal


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All about GoodWeave

Ethical production is hugely important to Deirdre and all our hand knotted rugs are GoodWeave certified.

GoodWeave logo

GoodWeave certification is your guarantee that no child labour has been used at any stage of your rug’s manufacture.

By buying a GoodWeave labelled rug, you are supporting the work GoodWeave does to ensure children discovered manufacturing rugs are returned to their families, given an education and taken out of child labour permanently.

Goodweave School

Though GoodWeave’s ultimate goal is to end child labour in South Asia, it also actively supports weavers, improving training and working conditions and provides essential day care and schooling for their children, who would otherwise be left hanging around workshops whilst their parents work.

Goodweave School

GoodWeave labelled rugs may cost a little more but the work they do is essential in increasing welfare standards for weaving families and expediting the end of child exploitation in the rug industry.

On 10th October 2014 GoodWeave founder, Kailash Satyarthi, deservedly won the Nobel Peace Prize. You can read more about Kailash and what inspired him in his mission to end child labour.

GoodWeave recently highlighted the plight on one child, Sanju, in this award winning short film Stand With Sanju:

You can donate to GoodWeave here.