2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor
The UN has designated 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor, and with the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to reverse years of progress, it is more important than ever for every one of us to keep fighting for the freedom of vulnerable children.
Throughout the year, we’ll be sharing stories of inspiration, as well as resources for businesses seeking to eliminate child labor from their supply chains. Check this page periodically for updated content.
Explore the resources below, share with family, friends and colleagues, and get involved. Together we can make a difference!
GOODWEAVE BEST PRACTICES FOR ELIMINATING CHILD LABOR IN SUPPLY CHAINS
GoodWeave has released its “Best Practice Series to Eliminate Child Labor in Global Supply Chains” as a resource during this International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor. The five-part series explores how companies and nongovernmental organizations can combat child labor in supply chains and sectors where they work. Learn more and download best practice briefs here.
INSIST ON THE GOODWEAVE LABEL
Support businesses that proactively work to stop child labor in their supply chains. Find brands and retailers that sell carpets and home goods carrying the GoodWeave® label, which means no child labor was used and a percentage of the purchase price supports children’s education, here.
READ KABIR’S STORY
Kabir started living and working in a carpet factory when he was 13 years old. When Nepal reopened after the COVID-19 related shut down, Kabir’s uncle brought him to another carpet factory to live. Fortunately for Kabir, this carpet factory was part of a GoodWeave supply chain. Read his story here.
READ LAXMI’S STORY
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Laxmi’s aunt could no longer support her and her brother, so Laxmi went to work in a brick kiln to help her family make ends meet. With the help of GoodWeave and the Better Brick Nepal Project, Laxmi’s now happily back in school. Read her story here.
VIEW “HEM MOKTAN: HE MADE IT”
Watch the inspirational story of a former child laborer from Nepal, Hem Moktan, who now works for GoodWeave on the frontlines, protecting children from similar situations. The film is available in both short (5-minute) and long (14-minute) versions. Watch it here.