GoodWeave works to end child labor in global supply chains, from the producer’s hands to the consumer’s.
GoodWeave – a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi – is the leading global institution with a mission to end child labor in global supply chains through a market-based holistic and authentic system. GoodWeave brings visibility to global supply chains, gives voice to informal and marginalized workers, provides assurance that certified products are free of child labor, and restores childhood to vulnerable children so they can laugh, learn, and play. Over 25 years of pioneering and innovating a system that at the core harnesses market power through its work with brands and producers, GoodWeave has rescued over 6,700 children from labor, provided quality education to almost 26,000 rescued and vulnerable children, and deterred hundreds of thousands of children from entering labor. In 2018 alone, more than 75,000 workers are benefiting from GoodWeave’s efforts. Most recently, GoodWeave has expanded into apparel, home textiles, fashion jewelry, bricks, and tea where its reach and impact continue to grow. GoodWeave’s impact goes beyond reach numbers as it has been a leading voice in positively influencing societal norms and behaviors to eliminate child labor.
Our Founding Story
During a live television talk show in Germany in the early 1990s, an elderly woman called up. She had been listening to Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi talk about the scourge of child labor in South Asia’s carpet industry. And she was moved. She was convinced. She said she was going to throw out her carpet. And then she issued a challenge: “I am very old. I only have 10 years left. I can’t wait. You look young. You must do something so that I can buy a new carpet.” It’s been more than 20 years since Kailash’s idea for GoodWeave was born. Watch Kailash talk about this founding moment, which, together with many of his other initiatives to stop child labor, led to his Nobel Peace prize in 2014.