GoodWeave International Names Charita L. Castro Chief Program Officer Filling Key Executive Position

May 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC.  May 13, 2019 – GoodWeave International, the leading global organization ending child labor in global supply chains, today announces Charita L. Castro as its Chief Program Officer.  Dr. Castro joins GoodWeave’s management team and reports to CEO Nina Smith.

This hire reflects GoodWeave’s continued commitment to building strong organizational leadership at a time when child labor can — and should — be eradicated. Permanently.  “GoodWeave brings visibility to companies and consumers at all levels of production, especially in the hidden supply chain where abuses are most likely to occur,” said Ms. Smith.  “A convergence of growing corporate leadership priorities on social accountability, increased consumer awareness and demands, and emerging policies and legislation is forming to build momentum.  And, with Charita joining GoodWeave, we have a diverse and experienced leadership team that is even stronger to deliver on our vision of a world free of child labor.”

With more than 20 years experience, Dr. Castro said, “It is an exciting time to witness a tipping point in the transition of businesses being more and more open to addressing child labor, and it is a great honor to join GoodWeave to lead the continued fight to end child labor around the world, especially in the hidden parts of global supply chains.”  Her top priority will be to provide strategic programmatic oversight and deliver on the ambitious GoodWeave Strategy 2025 to remove another 30 million children from labor.  “GoodWeave has a proven, market-based approach that has the potential to scale as the global solution across all sectors and geographies to end child labor with a level of unparalleled authenticity,” she added.

Prior to joining the GoodWeave, Dr. Castro was in federal service combining her love of data and advocacy for vulnerable populations in her approach to designing evidence-based policies and programs. At the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs, she contributed to over 25 Presidential Directive and Congressionally-mandated reports on child labor and forced labor, and served as the inaugural Chief of the Research and Policy Division in the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking.  She led a 25-person team in the oversight of global research and capacity-building projects and production of the U.S. Government flagship reports on child labor and forced labor, including the annual Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, List of Goods Produced by Child Labor and Forced Labor, and the Sweat & Toil mobile application.

Dr. Castro has also represented the U.S. Government on various international committees, including the Delta 8.7 Knowledge Platform, and negotiated landmark International Labor Organization resolutions and guidelines on measuring child labor and forced labor. She is the recipient of the Presidential Management Fellowship and Fulbright Fellowship. Dr. Castro holds a PhD from George Washington University.

Over 25 years of harnessing market power through its work with brands, licensees, and exporters, GoodWeave has rescued over 6,000 children from labor, provided quality education to almost 26,000 rescued and vulnerable children, positively impacts millions more children, and reaches more than 80,000 workers.  Most recently, GoodWeave has expanded into apparel, home textiles, fashion jewelry, bricks, and tea where its reach and impact continue to grow.  GoodWeave’s impact goes beyond reach numbers as it has been a leading voice in positively influencing societal norms and behaviors to eliminate child and forced labor.

About GoodWeave International

GoodWeave – a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi – is the leading global institution with a mission to end child labor, and forced and bonded labor, in global supply chains through a market-based holistic and authentic system. We bring visibility to global supply chains, provide assurance that certified products are free of child labor, and restore childhood to vulnerable children so they can laugh, learn, and play.  Look for the GoodWeave label.  For more information, visit goodweave.org.

 

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