Under Development: Draft Standard for Embellished Apparel, Fashion Jewelry, and Home Textiles

June 14, 2017

GoodWeave is field testing the applicability of the existing GoodWeave Standard principles and requirements in new sectors including apparel and textile supply chains, with a specific focus on informal home-based production. As part of this standard development process, we welcome feedback from all interested parties on the draft standard.

GoodWeave’s new project is a two-year pilot in northern India to establish and test a new sourcing system, which will tackle child and forced labor in informal embellished apparel, fashion jewelry and home textiles supply chains, especially at the homeworker level. The approach establishes and monitors strict labor standards and requires suppliers to meet these requirements at all tiers of production down to home workers. GoodWeave will also work closely with communities to offer child protection and educational opportunities. The pilot includes apparel and textile producers in five communities reaching and supporting 7,500 homeworkers and 6,000 children.

In 2017, GoodWeave is field testing the applicability of the existing GoodWeave Standard principles and requirements in apparel and textile supply chains, with a specific focus on informal home-based production. A draft Standard has been adapted for these sectors, with targeted requirements to the different actors in the supply chain.

While there are a wide range of efforts to improve conditions, and prevent child labor in apparel factories, most do not reach the significant worker abuses in subcontracted, decentralized tiers, including the homeworkers making embellished garments, fashion jewelry, and home textiles. GoodWeave’s approach is designed to avoid duplicating the work of others by focusing on filling gaps in the coverage of existing compliance standards, predominantly with informal workers in these decentralized and subcontracted tiers of production.

As part of this standard development process, all interested parties were invited to take part in an initial public consultation . Feedback on the format and content of the new, adapted GoodWeave draft Standard for Embellished Apparel, Fashion Jewelry and Home Textiles was collected  through June 11, 2017. Project timelines can be found in the Project Description below. Please note that there are no proposed changes to the existing GoodWeave Standard for Rug Producers in this consultation.

Read the Project Description

Download the new draft Standard

Feedback will be considered by the GoodWeave Standards Committee in preparing the next draft of the Standard. All comments will be presented in consolidated form after the close of the consultation period. Please contact Comments@GoodWeave.org if you have any questions about the new draft Standard or consultation process.

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