GoodWeave Certification Program

GoodWeave works to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia. To date, GoodWeave has rescued more than 3,600 children from exploitation on carpet looms and offered them rehabilitation, education, vocational training, and other services, and helped prevent thousands of others from becoming enslaved by the industry. GoodWeave also takes several direct actions to prevent child labor, from awareness work in producing and consumer communities, and provision of day care and education for the children of carpet weavers and other at-risk children.

Local GoodWeave inspectors in Nepal and India visit licensed manufacturers on a surprise, random basis. Companies that join GoodWeave and meet its strict no-child-labor standards are issued unique, traceable certification labels for their carpets. The GoodWeave label and its predecessor, the RugMark label, offer equal assurance that a rug is child-labor-free.

In total, approximately 7.5 million certified carpets have been sold in Europe and North America since GoodWeave began. In North America, nearly 80 importer companies currently sell GoodWeave certified rugs, available through more than 1,500 stores, showrooms and online retailers that can be found at www.GoodWeave.org.

GoodWeave will soon mean more than child-labor-free, positioning the brand in a broader context of environmental and social responsibility. Through a new set of standards under development, member companies will be required to move toward greater environmental responsibility in manufacturing, and improved labor conditions for adults. For guidance in this effort, GoodWeave is an associate member of the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labeling Alliance (ISEAL), a global leader in setting norms and best practices for certification.

As trusted advisors to high-end rug purchasers, interior designers play a key role in GoodWeave's campaign to end child labor. Specifying rugs carrying the GoodWeave child-labor-free certification assures you and your clients that a rug is beautiful inside and out. Purchasing GoodWeave independently certified rugs also helps to build your client base and customer loyalty. Click here to order a free copy of the 2010 GoodWeave Rug Sourcebook, a hands-on guide for interior designers looking to source ethically produced rugs, or click on the button below to learn more about the benefits of sourcing GoodWeave products. A PDF of the Sourcebook can also be viewed here.