10/27/2011 GoodWeave Nepal Earns STARS Award
For Immediate Release
Contact: April Thompson, Director of Marketing and Communications
GoodWeave® Nepal Earns STARS Award
GoodWeave Nepal has captured the coveted 2011 STARS Impact Award for children’s protection in Asia. The highly competitive STARS awards, sponsored by the UK-based STARS Foundation, support local organizations that achieve excellence in the provision of services to disadvantaged children and demonstrate effective management practices.
Through a rigorous two-stage process, STARS applicants are evaluated against eight criteria, developed with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, that reflect the hallmarks of effective practice. STARS commended GoodWeave for its multi-faceted approach to combating child servitude in rug making, one of the Nepal’s top export products. “GoodWeave Nepal offers an exciting model that leads to better practice within the industry, by using a holistic approach that tackles both the prevention and rehabilitation of child labor in the carpet industry,” wrote STARS in its award announcement.
“GoodWeave has helped reduce child labor by three-quarters in Nepal and India over the past 15 years, helping demonstrate the efficacy of our model and set an example for other industries,” said Nina Smith, Executive Director of GoodWeave USA, who has collaborated with GoodWeave Nepal for more than a decade to build consumer and business demand for certified rugs. “However, this award comes at a time when economic and political instability have contributed to a sudden resurgence in child labor in Nepal. STARS’ support will be critical in ensuring that the country does not lose ground on the critical issues of child protection and education.”
Once a carpet company signs a binding agreement with GoodWeave, the organization in Nepal works to combat child labor in their supply chain in the following ways:
To date, GoodWeave has freed more than 3,000 child laborers in Nepal, transitioning them from the carpet looms to classrooms with full scholarships from the organization. The support from STARS will help GoodWeave implement a new standard addressing environmental and adult working conditions, adapt its inspection and monitoring system to a more diffused supply chain, and pilot a new anti-child trafficking program, among other initiatives