A Proven Approach
For more than two decades, GoodWeave has developed and refined a unique, market-based model to stop child labor. Market forces drive our work to clean up supply chains, rescue and educate children, and improve work conditions for adults. Our system is holistic, and it works. Now we’re bringing it to other industries where children are being exploited—and making human rights an intrinsic part of the global marketplace.
The GoodWeave System
Harness the Power of the Market
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 business practices, making “no child labor” a market requirement for their producers, along with design, price and other features.
Clean Up Supply Chains
We establish 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—are a powerful deterrent to bad labor practices. They also lead directly to the rescue of two to five children from labor each week. Every rescued child receives near and long term rehabilitation for children like Samrul.
Create Educational Opportunities
Rescuing children from a life of servitude represents a monumental step toward giving them a better life, but it is just the beginning. In order to stem the tide of child labor, it is important to ensure that all children from vulnerable worker communities are attending school and learning. To that end, we implement a range of projects that illustrate the connection between increased education and decreased child labor.
Improve Conditions for All Workers
Child labor is a systemic problem. Addressing it 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 vulnerable adult workers are better compensated and better treated within their own workplaces. In addition to bringing immediate benefits to workers and their families, there is also a long-term benefit for their employers in the form of promoting industry stability, employee loyalty, and productivity.
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.