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GoodWeave New Sector Standard informational webinar and public consultation 
GoodWeave announces public consultation on new draft Standard for Embellished Apparel, Fashion Jewelry and Home Textiles.
Interested parties are invited to participate in an informational webinar, consultation and online survey. Learn more » 

 

Implementing the Agenda 2030: sustainability standards help business seize opportunities 
Report
February 14, 2017

A new report published by WWF and ISEAL indicates how businesses can contribute strongly to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and unlock new market opportunities by using credible voluntary sustainability standards to transform entire sectors and supply chains.
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GoodWeave Licensee The Rug Company Introduced Four New Rugs to Its In-house Studio Collection 
News Release
January 30, 2017
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Joint Campaign to Increase Child-Labor-Free Carpet Production in Nepal Launched at DOMOTEX 2017 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Cara Hagan at Cara@GoodWeave.org or +1-202-234-9050

Joint Campaign to Increase Child-Labor-Free Carpet Production in Nepal Launched at DOMOTEX 2017

Washington, DC, January 21, 2017 – Washington, DC, January 21, 2017 -- International carpet brands, Nepalese carpet producers, trade officials, and supporters of ethical business came together in the GoodWeave® booth at DOMOTEX on January 14th to launch a campaign to incentivize greater commitment to child-labor-free production in Nepal’s carpet supply chains. A joint effort by UNICEF in Nepal, the Trade and Export Promotion Centre of Nepal and GoodWeave, this year-long campaign will work to secure government incentives for businesses that produce child-labor-free carpets.

The reception at DOMOTEX offered an opportunity for leading importers, exporters and trade officials to share why ethical production matters to companies, consumers, and Nepal’s future as the global leader in child-labor-free carpet production.

Erika Kurtz of New Moon Rugs noted, “It’s not expensive to do things responsibly and in the right way and it doesn’t take a lot of added efforts. For anybody not to be on board to make sure that no children are involved and that good working conditions are made available, it’s just unfortunate.”

Vidal Sasson of Rug Art shared his impressions of meeting former “carpet kids” when he visited Hamro Ghar, GoodWeave’s transit center in Kathmandu: “I was lucky enough a few years back to visit [Hamro Gahr] and the stories that the children told me really touched my heart. I know that we are doing a good job protecting those kids, and I try to help promote GoodWeave save more.”

Dawa Sherpa of Classic Custom Rugs highlighted GoodWeave’s role in helping to rebuild the carpet industry following the 2015 earthquakes that devastated the country, while also emphasizing that the unique artistry of Nepal’s carpet industry that “is not for mass production. It is specialty, custom production.”

GoodWeave will contact industry partners to share ideas for incentives that would facilitate or improve their business within Nepal. Supporters of ethical business or Nepalese carpets can contact GoodWeave to help review and comment on policy documents, participate in roundtables, and help promote the campaign on social media. All participation inquiries can be sent to Kate Francis at Kate@GoodWeave.org.

With an eye towards inspiring change in global supply chains and making Nepal the global leader in child-labor-free production, GoodWeave and its partners will seek to demonstrate how cooperation between business and government can support children as well as the bottom line.


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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: www.www.unicef.org

 

 

GoodWeave Announces Sourcing Freedom at a World Economic Forum Press Conference 
Special Announcement
January 17, 2017

CEO Nina Smith participated in a press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos where she announced GoodWeave's Sourcing Freedom, a portfolio of programs to help companies eliminate child labor from their supply chains in several new industries, with support from The Skoll Foundation, C&A Foundation, C&A Company, Target and The Walt Disney Company.Watch online: 

 

Henzel Studio Partners With Paddle8 for an Auction of 23 Rugs to Benefit GoodWeave 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Cara Hagan at Cara@GoodWeave.org or +1-202-234-9050

Henzel Studio Partners With Paddle8 for an Auction of 23 Rugs to Benefit GoodWeave

Washington, DC, January 6, 2017 – HENZEL STUDIO is proud to partner with Paddle8 for an auction of 23 rugs that will benefit GoodWeave®, the world’s leading international nonprofit organization working to end child labor in the carpet industry, while offering educational opportunities to children in weaving communities. GoodWeave was founded on a simple premise: If enough people demand certified child-labor-free rugs, manufacturers will employ only skilled adult artisans, and children will no longer be exploited in the carpet industry. All Henzel Studio rugs carry the GoodWeave label, and its certification is the best assurance that a rug is child-labor-free.

“As a committed partner in GoodWeave’s mission to end child labor, Henzel Studio is bridging the finest contemporary artists in the world to one of the most pressing human rights problems of our time.”
- Nina Smith, CEO GoodWeave International

“Art rugs have been around for quite some time in various forms, and some of the most prominent artists including Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Robert Indiana, Mike Kelley, Ellsworth Kelly, Fernand Leger, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso have all turned to the media at some point in their oeuvre. However, rather than look back, we’re looking to encapsulate facets of contemporary art and work with a curated group of artists that simultaneously express their ethos within a broad yet defined scope. Having more than fifteen leading contemporary artists collaborate in this capacity makes Henzel Studio Collaborations an unprecedented program, even though the artisan practices remind us that the possibility has always been there.”
- Joakim Andreasson, curator for Henzel Studio

“The spectacular detail of these coverings – handwoven by Nepalese artisans – layers new meaning to the term installation art.”
- Vogue

“Henzel’s strong social and environmental ethic has underpinned the company from the outset, and all the rugs in the series will be made using responsibly sourced materials in workshops overseen by the independent trade body GoodWeave”
- Wallpaper

The auction takes place January 9 - 23, 2017.


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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 Henzel Studio: Henzel Studio is a Swedish luxury rug manufacturer established in 1999. Henzel Studio’s ethos is based on the artistic practice of Calle Henzel, founder and creative director. Over the past 20 years, he has translated his artistic practice as painter and collage artist into the medium at hand, positioning Henzel Studio as one of the most progressive luxury rug brands in the world. All pieces are made by hand, using centuries’ old weaving techniques that make each rug one of a kind. www.henzelstudio.com

 

 

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

For Immediate Release

Contact: Cara Hagan at Cara@GoodWeave.org or +1-202-234-9050

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

Washington, DC, December 27, 2016 – 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.


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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: www.unicef.org

 

 

Our 9 Biggest and Best Moments of 2016 
Update
December 15, 2016

It is a December tradition at GoodWeave to reflect on and revisit the stand-out moments in our journey to end child labor and slavery. Without further ado, here are 9 of our biggest and best moments from 2016. 

 

Market Initiative to Reach Nepal’s Brick Workers 

Market Initiative to Reach Nepal’s Brick Workers

This month marks the start of a new brick-making season in Nepal, and for tens of thousands of children, it means returning to labor in one of the world’s most exploitative sectors.

As Nepal rebuilds from the devastating 2015 earthquakes and the demand for bricks grows, it is a critical time to ensure appropriate worker protection in this industry. Launched in 2013 in collaboration with Global Fairness Initiative and Humanity United, the Better Brick Nepal program applies a labor Standard for kilns defining the necessary conditions to be considered free from child, forced and bonded labor. Forty kilns are now participating in the program and actively working to improve conditions for workers.

A recent PBS NewsHour report highlights Better Brick and provides a rare glimpse inside Nepal’s brick industry.

 

 

Bringing Child Friendly Communities to Rajasthan, India 

Bringing Child-Friendly Communities to Rajasthan, India

Rajasthan is one of India’s largest states, and its capital, Jaipur, is a tourist attraction amongst Indian and international travelers. But its rural villages often struggle with high poverty, inadequate working conditions, unemployment and poor quality public schools. This leads parents to put their children to work rather than send them to school.

In 2015, with the generous support of the Janet Wright Ketcham Foundation, GoodWeave brought its Child-Friendly Community (CFC) project to five carpet weaving villages in Rajasthan to address these very challenges. The primary goal is to ensure that children, especially girls, are removed from situations of exploitative labor and acute vulnerability, and brought into classrooms. The CFC approach has a wide, community-level impact including changing mindsets about the value of education, improving school and instructional quality for all children, building community cohesion, and inspiring community activism for infrastructure and other improvements beyond the educational system. The result is a permanent change in participating communities with “spillover” effects often seen in neighboring villages, which are inspired to replicate activities based on the results. To date, this work has reached 14 villages in rural Rajasthan and put 1088 children into school.

 

 
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