THE GOODWEAVE STANDARD
At the heart of what we do is the GoodWeave Standard: an assurance on behalf of importers and manufacturers that the goods they make and sell have been produced without child labor, forced labor, or bonded labor. Complying with the GoodWeave Standard requires complete supply chain transparency verified by regular, unannounced inspections of all production facilities. Adherence to the Standard is reflected by the appearance of the GoodWeave label on goods sold in the retail marketplace: a signal to consumers that their purchase has been produced ethically, and that the manufacturer is committed to children’s welfare, worker’s rights, and strengthened worker communities.
- To eliminate child labor, forced labor and bonded labor in the handmade rug industry by ensuring compliance with the Standard and implementing effective and sustainable remediation procedures;
- To provide a coherent and consistent Standard that may be applied across all rug producing countries, taking into account different production methods;
- To facilitate transparent monitoring and verification of working conditions in rug producing countries;
- To encourage positive changes in the community, particularly the reduction of child labor, forced labor and bonded labor and an increase in access to children’s education; and
- To provide an independent assurance (label) for rug consumers worldwide that producers meet the GoodWeave Standard.
The standard is based on three Certification Principles covering child labor, forced labor, and bonded labor, and the transparency needed to verify compliance.
- No child labor is allowed;
- No forced or bonded labor is allowed;
- Conditions of work are documented and verifiable.
In addition to the Certification Principles, the Standard includes four Progress Principles which are designed to address a broader set of labor rights and environmental issues, but are not currently required for certification.
- Freedom of association and collective bargaining are recognized;
- No discrimination is practiced;
- Decent working conditions are respected, including workplace safety and health, wages, working hours, and disciplinary practices;
- Negative environmental impacts of production are identified and minimized.
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