GoodWeave International (GWI) is an international non-governmental organization working to end child labor in the handmade rug industry and offer educational opportunities to children in weaving communities. The GoodWeave certification program – formerly known as RugMark – provides an assurance that rug manufacturers that voluntarily join as licensees and agree to its independent verification adhere to the GoodWeave standard.
GoodWeave fulfills its mission through standard-setting, workplace monitoring and certification, rehabilitation and education for child workers, child labor prevention programs and market promotion and expansion. Follow the country links to the right of this page to learn more about the GoodWeave program at work. More >
A representative council from producing and consumer countries governs the international network and standards. More >
Policies and Procedures
As a full member of the ISEAL Alliance, GoodWeave adheres to the international codes of good practice, which include promoting transparency and stakeholder engagement. In line with these principles, policies and procedures are available for public review and comment. More >
In the past two decades, significant progress has been made in reducing the incidence of child laborers in the South Asian carpet industry. The vision of GoodWeave is to bring that number down to zero, to help eliminate child labor from other industries, and to give every child an opportunity to go to school.
In order to better serve children and families in carpet weaving communities and recognizing the need to adapt to the changing marketplace, the GoodWeave program is developing a new, more comprehensive set of requirements for its certification standard. This initiative reflects a growing recognition that the problem of child labor is deeply intertwined with those of adult working conditions and environmental stewardship. More >
The GoodWeave label is issued to rug manufacturers that adhere to the Generic GoodWeave Standard, agree to its independent verification and voluntarily join as licensees. The GoodWeave International Certification Division is the certification body for the GoodWeave system. More >