GoodWeave International Teams Up with UNICEF and TEPC to Boost Child-Labor-Free Carpet Production in Nepal

May 12, 2017

December 27, 2016

Press Release

Washington, DC – An innovative program from GoodWeave International and UNICEF in Nepal, in cooperation with the Trade and Export Promotion Centre (TEPC) of the Government of Nepal, promotes alliances between government and business to support Nepal’s carpet industry. The effort promises to stimulate the unique artistry of Nepal’s carpets while highlighting the value of child-labor-free production.

The joint campaign is a global first: pushing to secure government incentives for businesses that produce child-labor-free carpets. The new initiative supports children and, at the same time, helps Nepal’s post-earthquake carpet industry earn new market share in child-labor-free rug production. The campaign aims to inspire change in global supply chains by making Nepal the global leader in child-labor-free production.

Join GoodWeave at DOMOTEX 2017 for the campaign’s kick-off reception and learn more about the project that unites business and government to grow Nepal’s carpet industry.

DOMOTEX 2017, the floor covering industry’s mega tradeshow, is in Hannover, Germany. The reception will be held Saturday January 14th from 6pm – 7:30pm at booth number A31, hall 17.

About GoodWeave: Founded in 1995, GoodWeave is ending child labor by harnessing the power of the marketplace. The organization works at both ends of the supply chain – growing market preference for certified product in consumer countries and inspecting production sites along South Asia’s carpet belt. Any child found working is offered counseling, medical care, education and (if needed) a home – social programs supported by the sale of certified rugs. To date, GoodWeave has directly freed more than 3,600 children from labor on the looms, educated nearly 15,000 children, and improved the working conditions for 50,000 weavers in partnership with 140 import brands worldwide. On its 20th anniversary, GoodWeave announced a major expansion to bring its model to Nepal’s brick kilns and India’s apparel industry.

About UNICEF: UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: