GoodWeave is a company that was founded in 1995 and is working towards ending child labor by harnessing the power of the marketplace. The organization works at both ends of the supply chain by growing market preference for certified product in consumer countries as well as inspecting production sites along South Asia’s carpet belt.
Any child found working is offered counseling, medical care, education and a home through social programs supported by the sale of certified rugs. GoodWeave has 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. GoodWeave announced a major expansion to bring its model to Nepal’s brick kilns and India’s apparel industry.
On March 31, 2016 the Schwab Foundation announced that Nina Smith, Executive Director of GoodWeave International, is a winner of their Social Entrepreneur of the Year award. Smith and other honorees will be recognized at the 2016 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China, which is to be held from June 26-28, 2016.
Ms. Smith was selected for her leadership in the anti-slavery movement – having built and scaled a market-driven model to end child labor and trafficking in global supply chains. GoodWeave’s focus in the handmade carpet industry of South Asia contributed to an 80% decline in the prevalence kids being exploited in the carpet industry. Now the organization is expanding its work to new sectors to reach and protect informal workers deep within complex supply chains with programs already underway in brick kilns and apparel.
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