We are delighted to promote the fact that one of our suppliers Namaste UK has been working with the former Rugmark label, now Goodweave, in a bid to reduce child labour in the rug making industry. We originally learnt a bit about this association at our Annual Conference in York in May 2017. For starters, here is a short video link about the difference this sort of intervention can make in a young child’s life in the poorest parts of India* (see this link for further explanation)
GoodWeave Certified rugs at Namaste
“Namaste has been selling fairly traded rugs from India for many years. We are proud of the progress our suppliers have made with our help over the years. We have taken the extra step of GoodWeave certification for all of our Indian rug suppliers to provide the added reassurance of a totally independent monitoring body. GoodWeave is an award winning pioneering charity and we look forward to an exciting future with them. Namaste and our rug suppliers both contribute a % of the value of the rugs to GoodWeave which goes back into the communities where the rugs are made! GoodWeave aims to stop child labour in the carpet industry and to replicate its market-based approach in other sectors.
The GoodWeave label is the best assurance that no child labour was used in the making of your rug. In order to earn the GoodWeave label, rug exporters and importers must be licensed under the GoodWeave certification program and sign a legally binding contract to adhere to GoodWeave’s no-child-labour standard; allow unannounced random inspections by local inspectors; and pay a licensing fee that helps support GoodWeave’s monitoring, inspections and education programs.
Each certified rug features a numbered label on the reverse that can be traced back to the producer, linking you directly to the lives at the other end of the supply chain. Buying a Goodweave certified rug from Namaste supports educational opportunities for children in India who might otherwise be required to work. Hand crafted by adult artisans, these rugs make a beautiful statement at home & make the world a better place. Meet some of the children and artisans whose lives are improved by your purchase by visiting www.goodweave.org.
Goodweave’s new project is a two-year pilot in Northern India to establish and test a new sourcing system, which will tackle child and forced labour in apparel, fashion jewellery and home textile supply chains, especially at the homeworker level. Namaste are very happy to be involved in this and are putting in time and effort to work with Goodweave to help make this happen.