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The GoodWeave standard has been developed in accordance with the ISEAL Alliance Code of Good Practice . We are now an organization which is not only concerned with eradicating child labour in the rug industry, but also working towards ensuring that adult rug workers are treated fairly, and that rugs/garments made are not at the expense of their health, safety or environment. The work was informed by a growing recognition that market conditions have evolved, and both the achievement of our mission and the consumer demand point towards the need to take into account a broader set of interrelated criteria: prevention and elimination of child labour, improving adult working conditions, and ensuring environmental sustainability.

Through an expanded standard that is now being implemented, licensee companies have begun moving toward a greater ethical responsibility in manufacturing. This standard applies to rug and garment making process carried out in factory, home and village-based cottage industry setting; it addresses socio-environmental issues as well as the matter of transparency, which is needed to ensure hassle-free implementation.

Suppliers are expected to ensure that the producers are made aware of the GoodWeave Standard. It applies to all processes, right from receipt of raw materials until the finished product is manufactured, and also includes sub-contractor processes. The producer is liable for the operations of its sub-contractors and is encouraged to continuously monitor the compliance of the standard at the sub-contractor level.

The standard is based on 7 Principles covering labour conditions and the rights of workers, environmental management and transparency. GoodWeave currently considers 3 principles i.e. principle 1, 2 and 7 for its certification purpose. The other four (progress) principles of the standard will be implemented in the coming years as a gradual process of growth and improvement. The standard principles of GoodWeave standard are:

1.    No child labour is allowed
2.    No forced or bonded labour is allowed
3.    Freedom of association and collective bargaining are recognized
4.    No discrimination is practiced
5.    Decent working conditions are respected
a)    Workplace condition
b)    Wages
c)    Working Hours
d)    No harsh or inhumane treatment
6.    Negative environmental impacts of production are identified and minimized
7.    Business processes are transparent and adhere to local regulation.

For more details please visit:  GoodWeave International

GoodWeave International (GWI) establishes the standard behind the GoodWeave certification label. The first Generic GoodWeave Standard is in force since 1994, and it was most recently updated in January 2016, which requires producers and exporters to ensure that no child labour, as well as forced and bonded labour is practiced in the production of rugs. All licensed producers continue to uphold this standard.

A Special Message from ISEAL

ISEAL Alliance executive director Karin Krieider offers a brief congratulatory message to importers about GoodWeave's status as a full member of ISEAL.

This puts GoodWeave in the company of some of the best environmental and social standards systems in the world, making the GoodWeave label an important and credible assurance of ethical production.

Standards Development

GoodWeave International (GWI) is the standard-setting body for the GoodWeave certification program worldwide. The process for developing standards is based on the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environment Standards.

GoodWeave is in the process of introducing an expanded standard for its certification program. All interested parties are invited to read the public summary. Your feedback is welcome and will be considered by the GoodWeave Standards Committee in revising and updating the standard. Please email or use the links below to submit comments online.

Member of ISEAL

isealISEAL is the global association for sustainability standards : ISEAL Alliance Code of Good Practice. The four goals of ISEAL Alliance are to:
1. Improve the impacts of standards
2. Define credibility for sustainability standards
3. Increase the uptake of credible sustainability standards
4. Improve the effectiveness of standards