GoodWeave International (GWI) is an international nonprofit organization working to end child labor in the rug industry and offer educational opportunities to children in weaving communities. GoodWeave currently operates in 14 countries, including the weaving communities of Afghanistan, India and Nepal, and in the consumer countries of Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, which oversees licensing in North America. The GoodWeave label is the best assurance that no child labor was used in the making of your rug. In order to earn the GoodWeave label, rug exporters and importers like Lindstrom Rugs must be licensed under the GoodWeave certification program and sign a legally binding contract to adhere to GoodWeave’s no-child-labor standard; allow unannounced random inspections by local inspectors; and pay a licensing fee that helps support GoodWeave’s monitoring, inspections and education programs.
To ensure compliance, independent GoodWeave inspectors make unannounced inspections of each loom. If inspectors find children working, they offer them the opportunity to go to school instead. Producers who do not adhere to the standard lose their status with GoodWeave. To protect against counterfeit labeling, each label is numbered so its origin can be traced. A portion of any GoodWeave rug purchased at Lindstrom Rugs will be donated to support GoodWeave’s education programs and other community initiatives for former child weavers and their families, the inspection and certification process and other operational costs, including the GoodWeave consumer education campaign.
Visit www.goodweave.org for more information