Goodweave Rugs

Making a Difference

There’s nothing like a beautiful artisan rug to give your home an instant style update. But when you take home a stunning handmade piece that features the GoodWeave label, you’re doing more than just giving your space a refresh. By choosing a GoodWeave product, you’re also taking a stand against child labour and helping support education and ethical work for adults in communities around the globe.

GoodWeave is a not-for-profit global organisation on a mission to put an end to child-based labour, and any rug proudly displaying the distinctive blue and gold label is a guaranteed to have been made ethically and in alignment with these standards. With offices in India, Nepal and Afghanistan’s weaving communities, GoodWeave brings transparency to global supply chains – not only for rugs but also apparel, home textiles, jewellery, bricks and tea – giving marginalised workers a voice and ensuring that GoodWeave-certified products are free from child, forced and bonded (people working without compensation, often due to inability to repay a debt) labour.

The non-profit also rescues children from slave labour, which, devastatingly, still goes on today. The company has rescued more than 7000 children from child labour, provided quality education to more than 37,000 rescued and vulnerable children, and has helped stop hundreds of thousands of children from ever entering into the shady trade.

The Process

To ensure certified GoodWeave producers consistently meet the criteria to be able to display the GoodWeave label, and that that workplace conditions are both documented and verifiable, regular audits are carried out at various points in the production process. The factories where the rugs are handcrafted are inspected, and in areas where children are particularly vulnerable to slave labour, GoodWeave implements ‘Child Friendly Communities’ (CFC). These provide the kids with education, which has been shown is directly related to decreased child labour.

GoodWeave also have dedicated teams, including social workers within local communities, who make unscheduled visits throughout the year to make sure that no child labour is happening.

A separate annual audit ensures that the producers of artisan rugs are doing the right thing by their workers: recognising freedom of association and collective bargaining; that there is no discrimination going on; that decent working conditions, including health and safety, wages, working hours and disciplinary practices, are implemented and respected; and that any negative environmental impacts of rug production are minimised.

When you purchase a Sleeping Giant rug with the GoodWeave label, you can rest assured that your rug was created to the highest ethical standards by people in free working conditions and that it’s come through a transparent supply chain. Sleeping Giant is a proud supplier of Goodweave-certified rugs.

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