THE GOODWEAVE INTERNATIONAL GENERIC STANDARD
For over 25 years, GoodWeave has pioneered a holistic system that harnesses market power through its work with brands and producers. This systems focuses intently on the hidden supply chain – where child labor and abuses are prevalent and where the most marginalized and vulnerable workers toil.
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.
The GoodWeave International Generic Standard enables GoodWeave to expand our proven approach beyond carpets to apparel, home textiles, and fashion jewelry.
To do so, 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 that are unique to a product category. The Standard is only complete when both components are applied.
- 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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