GOODWEAVE INTERNATIONAL GENERIC STANDARD
At the heart of what we do is the GoodWeave International Generic Standard: an assurance on behalf of importers and manufacturers that goods they make and sell are produced without child, forced or bonded labor. Complying with the Standard requires complete supply chain transparency verified by regular and unannounced inspections of all production facilities. Adherence to the Standard is reflected by the GoodWeave label on goods sold in the retail marketplace—a signal to consumers their purchase was produced ethically, and the manufacturer is committed to children’s welfare, worker’s rights and strengthened worker communities.
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The Standard is comprised of two parts: Principles and Requirements and Sector-specific Scope, Claims and Labeling. The two-part Standard establishes the principles and requirements that are universal to all GoodWeave certified product categories. It is tailored to specific products through the scope, claim and labeling document that defines the specific details unique to a product category. The Standard is only complete when both components are applied.
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*This previous version of the Standard is applicable for carpet producers only, until May 2021
- Eliminate child labor, forced labor, and bonded labor in high risk production sectors by ensuring compliance with the Standard and implementing effective and sustainable remediation procedures;
- Provide a coherent and consistent Standard that may be applied across all countries within the scope of the Standard, taking into account different production methods;
- Bring benefits to workers, particularly home-based workers who are often the most vulnerable in the supply chain;
- Facilitate transparent monitoring and verification of working conditions;
- Encourage positive changes in communities by reducing child labor, forced labor, and bonded labor, and increasing children’s access to education; and
- Provide an independent assurance through the GoodWeave certification for consumers worldwide that producers meet the Standard.
The Standard is based on three Certification Principles covering child labor, forced labor, and bonded labor, and the transparency needed to verify compliance.
- Principle A1: No child labor is allowed
- Principle A2: No forced or bonded labor is allowed
- Principle A3: Conditions of work are documented and verifiable
In addition to the Certification Principles, the Standard includes five Progress Principles which are designed to address a broader set of labor rights and environmental issues, but are not currently required for certification.
- Principle B1: No discrimination is practiced
- Principle B2: Freedom of association and collective bargaining are recognized
- Principle B3: Health and Safety
- Principle B4: Working hours, Wages and Benefits
- Principle B5: Environmental impact
OUR COMMITMENT TO CREDIBILITY: THE ISEAL ALLIANCE
GoodWeave is ISEAL Code compliant, meaning we are in the company of the best environmental and social standards systems in the world. As such, we require the highest standards of our partner companies, as well as of our own programs. Our system has been independently evaluated against ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice – a globally recognized framework for effective, credible sustainability systems. Some of the key elements requires us to be rigorous and transparent in our work, include multi-stakeholder outreach and public engagement, field test, and more (see our policies and procedures). We are committed to refining and improving our programs, and finding new and better ways to achieve our mission to stop child labor in global supply chains.
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