THE GOODWEAVE INTERNATIONAL GENERIC STANDARD
For over 25 years, GoodWeave has pioneered a holistic system that harnesses market power through its work with brands and producers. This systems focuses intently on the hidden supply chain – where child labor and abuses are prevalent and where the most marginalized and vulnerable workers toil.
At the heart of what we do is the GoodWeave Standard: an assurance on behalf of importers and manufacturers that the goods they make and sell have been produced without child labor, forced labor, or bonded labor. Complying with the GoodWeave Standard requires complete supply chain transparency verified by regular, unannounced inspections of all production facilities. Adherence to the Standard is reflected by the appearance of the GoodWeave label on goods sold in the retail marketplace: a signal to consumers that their purchase has been produced ethically, and that the manufacturer is committed to children’s welfare, worker’s rights, and strengthened worker communities.
The GoodWeave International Generic Standard enables GoodWeave to expand our proven approach beyond carpets to apparel, home textiles, and fashion jewelry.
To do so, the Standard is comprised of two parts: Principles and Requirements and Sector-specific Scope, Claims, and Labeling. The two-part Standard establishes the principles and requirements that are universal to all GoodWeave certified product categories. It is tailored to specific products through the scope, claim, and labeling document that defines the specific details that are unique to a product category. The Standard is only complete when both components are applied.
- Eliminate child labor, forced labor, and bonded labor in high risk production sectors by ensuring compliance with the Standard and implementing effective and sustainable remediation procedures;
- Provide a coherent and consistent Standard that may be applied across all countries within the scope of the Standard, taking into account different production methods;
- Bring benefits to workers, particularly home-based workers who are often the most vulnerable in the supply chain;
- Facilitate transparent monitoring and verification of working conditions;
- Encourage positive changes in communities by reducing child labor, forced labor, and bonded labor, and increasing children’s access to education; and
- Provide an independent assurance through the GoodWeave certification for consumers worldwide that producers meet the Standard.
The standard is based on three Certification Principles covering child labor, forced labor, and bonded labor, and the transparency needed to verify compliance.
- Principle A1: No child labor is allowed
- Principle A2: No forced or bonded labor is allowed
- Principle A3: Conditions of work are documented and verifiable
In addition to the Certification Principles, the Standard includes four Progress Principles which are designed to address a broader set of labor rights and environmental issues, but are not currently required for certification.
- Principle B1: No discrimination is practiced
- Principle B2: Freedom of association and collective bargaining are recognized
- Principle B3: Health and Safety
- Principle B4: Working hours, Wages and Benefits
- Principle B5: Environmental impact
Hear about the new Standard from Thomas Heckroth, GoodWeave’s Senior Manager, Standards & Certification.
The GoodWeave Generic International Standard for Rug Producers v3.0 remains in effect for rug-only producers.
OUR COMMITMENT TO CREDIBILITY: THE ISEAL ALLIANCE
As a full member of the ISEAL Alliance, GoodWeave is in the company of the best environmental and social standards systems in the world. As such, we require the highest standards of our partner companies, as well as of our own programs. We have successfully demonstrated compliance against the ISEAL Alliance’s Code of Good Practice through successful completion of ISEAL’s independent evaluation mechanism. ISEAL Codes are seen as the global reference for credible and impactful sustainability standards. Some of the key elements requires us to be rigorous and transparent in our work, include multi-stakeholder outreach and public engagement, field test, and more (see our policies and procedures). We are committed to refining and improving our programs, and finding new and better ways to achieve our mission to stop child labor in global supply chains.
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