A Proven Approach
For 25 years, GoodWeave has pioneered and innovated a system that harnesses market power through its work with brands and producers. Most recently, the organization has expanded into apparel, home textiles, fashion jewelry, bricks, and tea where its reach and impact continue to grow. This impact goes beyond numbers as GoodWeave has positively influenced societal norms and corporate practices to eliminate child labor.
The GoodWeave System
Harness Market Forces
Our system combines the power of consumers and businesses to ignite the engine of social change. In partnership with brands, we’re creating a market for goods made without child labor by preventing and rescuing children from lives of bondage, and by distinguishing select products with the GoodWeave label. This relationship with business provides the influence needed to permanently change behavior and practices, making “no child labor” a market requirement for their producers, along with design, price and other features.
Clean Up Supply Chains
Even the most well-intentioned brands find exploitation in their supply chains. And now, in this era of fast fashion—with hurried timelines for new styles to hit shelves—the situation is getting worse. GoodWeave establishes clear and rigorous standards, and we verify compliance by regularly mapping and inspecting factories, worksites and facilities all the way down to cottage industry and individual homes. These inspections—which are random, unannounced, and frequent—lead us to exploited children and serve as a powerful deterrent to bad labor practices.
Create Educational Opportunities
GoodWeave’s social programs serve victims, address the root causes of child labor, or often both. In each country where we operate, GoodWeave tailors interventions to the context. Over the years, we have started early childhood education centers, coordinated home schooling, provided school sponsorship, and made a second home for children who desperately needed one.
Improve Conditions for All Workers
Addressing child labor effectively requires more than simply prohibiting the practice as a matter of law, policy or standard. One important part of the equation is ensuring that adult workers are better compensated and better treated within their workplaces.
Encourage and Promote Replication
Our 20-plus years of experience in the carpet sector have yielded a holistic system that leverages consumer choices and business and community partnerships toward the ultimate goal of freeing children from bondage—giving them a chance to lead normal lives filled with school, play, and family. We are now testing our work in five new sectors, aiming for rollout in each new product category where transferability is proven. We are implementing pilot projects in apparel, fashion jewelry, home textiles, tea, and bricks.