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Business and Human Rights in the United States: A Call to Action for the U.S. Presidential Candidates 
Open Letter
September 27, 2016

On September 26, in the lead up to the first U.S. presidential debate of the 2016 election, ICAR has submitted a "Business and Human Rights Primer" to the U.S. presidential candidates. Read the open letter here.

With this letter, ICAR calls on the candidates to prioritize business and human rights issues during this final stage of the election, and beyond. Specifically, ICAR calls on the candidates to:

1. Commit to full implementation and review of the National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct.

2. Enhance regulation of business activity to prevent human rights abuse in the first place, including through public procurement processes.

3. Implement full and public country-by-country reporting as an integral step to ensuring that corporations uphold human rights by paying their fair share of tax.

4. Work to ensure effective remedy for victims of corporate related human rights violations.

5. Prosecute human rights violators at the corporate and individual level.

6. Commit to working collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders and demonstrate leadership, both domestically and internationally, on business and human rights.

 

 

GoodWeave welcomes new partner with stellar commitment to sustainability 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Cara Hagan at Cara@GoodWeave.org or +1-202-234-9050

GoodWeave welcomes new partner with stellar commitment to sustainability

Washington, DC, September 8, 2016 – Fab Habitat, widely recognized for its sustainable practices and extensive collection of rugs made of recycled materials, has joined forces with GoodWeave to help put an end to child labor in the carpet industry. “Being part of GoodWeave just makes sense,” explains Suchin Gupta, who cofounded Fab Habitat with his wife Kanan Gupta. “It’s a way to make sure our product stays true to our values."/p>

Fab Habitat’s collection includes colorful rugs fashioned from inventive materials, such as recycled soda bottles, multi-colored drinking straws, recycled cotton and recycled rubber tire tubes woven into polypropylene. The Guptas are constantly exploring the use of new eco-friendly materials including renewable resources, such as fast-growing jute. The eco-friendly materials and practices are important, the couple says, but being ethical at every step of production is too. “We want to support the weaving community,” says Kanan. “Partnering with GoodWeave will help us with our mission, and our customers can rest assured that we are doing everything we can to help end child labor.”

GoodWeave is just as pleased with the partnership. “Fab Habitat’s corporate values are so aligned with GoodWeave,” says Nina Smith, founding CEO of GoodWeave International. “They’ve already pushed the envelope on environmental sustainability, and we’re proud to be able to ensure their products’ strong social standards, especially when it comes to child labor.”


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About GoodWeave: Founded in 1995, GoodWeave is ending child labor by harnessing the power of the marketplace. The organization works at both ends of the supply chain – growing market preference for certified product in consumer countries and inspecting production sites along South Asia’s carpet belt. Any child found working is offered counseling, medical care, education and (if needed) a home – social programs supported by the sale of certified rugs. To date, GoodWeave has directly freed more than 3,600 children from labor on the looms, educated nearly 15,000 children, and improved the working conditions for 50,000 weavers in partnership with 140 import brands worldwide. On its 20th anniversary, GoodWeave announced a major expansion to bring its model to Nepal’s brick kilns and India’s apparel industry.

 

 

In light of ABC News report, GoodWeave encourages due diligence but ongoing charitable support for Nepal  

For Immediate Release

Contact: Alina Ruzmetova at Alina@GoodWeave.org or +1-202-234-9050

In light of ABC News report, GoodWeave encourages due diligence but ongoing charitable support for Nepal

Washington, DC, August 12, 2016 – On August 9, 2016, ABC News released a report titled “The Dark Side of Orphanage 'Voluntourism' in Nepal” which highlighted cases where well-meaning overseas donors inadvertently funded trafficking regimes by providing support to so-called “orphanages.” One such orphanage mentioned in the report was named Hamro Ghar. The orphanage implicated in the report has no affiliation with GoodWeave or with our transit home for rescued children in Kathmandu, which is also named Hamro Ghar. In Nepali, Hamro Ghar means “Our Home” and is commonly used by children’s service organizations.

Founded 20 years ago, GoodWeave’s Hamro Ghar is fully-registered with the Government of Nepal Central Children’s Welfare Board and is staffed by professional social workers and care staff. It serves as a transit home offering both short-term and long-term services for children rescued from servitude.

The ABC News report raised serious and legitimate concerns about groups dishonestly raising money by purporting to help children. Diligence is clearly needed to ensure that such support is directed to credible organizations. Yet, Nepal is one of the world’s poorest countries still struggling to rebuild in the aftermath of massive back-to-back earthquakes last year, and GoodWeave encourages its community to continue to invest money, volunteer time and tourism to this beautiful nation.


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About GoodWeave: Founded in 1995, GoodWeave is ending child labor by harnessing the power of the marketplace. The organization works at both ends of the supply chain – growing market preference for certified product in consumer countries and inspecting production sites along South Asia’s carpet belt. Any child found working is offered counseling, medical care, education and (if needed) a home – social programs supported by the sale of certified rugs. To date, GoodWeave has directly freed more than 3,600 children from labor on the looms, educated nearly 15,000 children, and improved the working conditions for 50,000 weavers in partnership with 140 import brands worldwide. On its 20th anniversary, GoodWeave announced a major expansion to bring its model to Nepal’s brick kilns and India’s apparel industry.

 

 

Free the Slaves Launches the 2016 Freedom Awards for India and Nepal 
News Release
July 29, 2016

Free the Slaves periodically honors survivors, activists and organizations that demonstrate outstanding courage, innovation and dedication in the fight to end slavery. The Freedom Awards celebrate anti-slavery heroes and innovators from around the globe by showcasing what some of the best anti-slavery work in the world looks like—and by supporting that work financially. Award winners are setting the standard for successful, sustainable anti-slavery initiatives. By generating public recognition for outstanding achievement, the awards offer inspiration and boost resources for the movement. The awards remind us that slavery still exists—and that it can be overcome. For more information, click here View the article

 

 

GoodWeave Licensed Partner Designs Two Exclusive Rugs for The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store 
News Release
July 19, 2016
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"They Bear All The Pain" 
News Article
July 13, 2016

New Human Rights Watch report highlights hazardous working conditions in Afghanistan, urges to take steps to end child labor.
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President Lincoln's Brave Ideas 
News Article
June 22, 2016

On June 27, President Lincoln’s Cottage kicked off their fundraising campaign to replace the floor covering in the Cottage, where President Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation. In that spirit, they partnered with GoodWeave to ensure the new floor covering would be made without any forced or slave labor.
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GoodWeave Participates in a USDOL Panel Event 
News Article
June 16, 2016

In recognition of World Day Against Child Labor, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs co-hosted an event with the Child Labor Coalition on June 14 in Washington, DC, to discuss what businesses can do to eliminate child labor in supply chains. GoodWeave’s Deputy Director Beth Gottschling Huber was on the panel.
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Ending Child Labor: The Dirty Business of Cleaning Up Supply Chains 
OpEd
June 10, 2016

In honor of World Day Against Child Labor, GoodWeave CEO Nina Smith discussed how companies can help eradicate child labor from their supply chains.
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After Nepal’s Earthquake, A Push To Rebuild Without Child Labor 
News Article
June 8, 2016

PBS NewsHour presents a special piece on labor practices in South Asian brick kilns. It features Better Brick Nepal which is a project in partnership with The Global Fairness Initiative to eradicate child, forced and bonded labor.
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