GoodWeave Standard for Embellished Apparel, Fashion Jewelry and Home Textiles

Brick kiln

GoodWeave envisions a world where all children are sent to school and not to work; in which adults have rights, dignity and opportunity in the workplace. This can be achieved by changing the marketplace – first for rugs and now for new sectors including apparel, fashion jewelry and home textiles. Even the most well-intentioned brands lack visibility into their production chains beyond the factory level and are often unaware of the pressing labor issues, let alone how to tackle them.

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 labor in informal embellished apparel, fashion jewelry and home textiles supply chains, especially at the homeworker level. The approach establishes and monitors strict labor standards and requires suppliers to meet these requirements at all tiers of production down to home workers. GoodWeave will also work closely with communities to offer child protection and educational opportunities. The pilot includes apparel and textile producers in five communities reaching and supporting 7,500 homeworkers and 6,000 children.

In 2017, GoodWeave is field testing the applicability of the existing GoodWeave Standard principles and requirements in apparel and textile supply chains, with a specific focus on informal home-based production. A draft Standard has been adapted for these sectors, with targeted requirements to the different actors in the supply chain.

While there are a wide range of efforts to improve conditions, and prevent child labor in apparel factories, most do not reach the significant worker abuses in subcontracted, decentralized tiers, including the homeworkers making embellished garments, fashion jewelry, and home textiles. GoodWeave's approach is designed to avoid duplicating the work of others by focusing on filling gaps in the coverage of existing compliance standards, predominantly with informal workers in these decentralized and subcontracted tiers of production.

As part of this standard development process, all interested parties are invited to take part in this first consultation through June 11, 2017. GoodWeave is seeking feedback on the format and content of the new, adapted GoodWeave draft Standard for Embellished Apparel, Fashion Jewelry and Home Textiles. Project timelines can be found in the Project Description below. Please note that there are no proposed changes to the existing GoodWeave Standard for Rug Producers in this consultation.

For more information on the draft Standard and GoodWeave’s plans to expand our impact in new product categories, we invite you to join us for a live webinar on May 17, 2017


Wednesday, 17th May
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM PST
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM GMT
Sign up here

Your feedback will be considered by the GoodWeave Standards Committee in preparing the next draft of the Standard. All comments will be presented in consolidated form at the close of the consultation period. Click here to learn more about GoodWeave's standard development process and results of the most recent public consultation.

Please contact if you have any questions about the new draft Standard or consultation process.

Stand with Sanju

Stand with Sanju film still


You can help us end child labor and transform the lives of the thousands of children trapped in carpet work by making a tax-deductible (USA only) donation today. Every dollar makes a difference.

Donate now
Donate now

Children's Stories

At the age of five, Manju was already working on the rug looms. While she has since been found and freed from illegal carpet work, some 250,000 children throughout South Asia still toil in obscurity. Through GoodWeave nearly 3,600 kids like Manju have been rescued, rehabilitated and educated, and thousands more deterred from entering the work force.

More Stories »

ISEAL Alliance

ISEAL Alliance member

GoodWeave is a full-member of the ISEAL Alliance, the global association for sustainability standards whose Codes of Good Practice are seen as global references for developing and implementing credible standards.

Partner with GoodWeave

By partnering with GoodWeave, interior designers, retailers and importers can make a difference while growing their business.