10/27/2011 GoodWeave Nepal Earns STARS Award

For Immediate Release

Contact: April Thompson, Director of Marketing and Communications
at April@GoodWeave.org or 202.234.9050

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:

• Monitoring and Certification – GoodWeave inspectors visit licensed manufacturers on a surprise basis. Companies that join GoodWeave and meet its strict no-child-labor standard are issued unique, traceable certification labels for their carpets.
Child Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Education – GoodWeave inspectors rescue exploited child laborers who are then offered rehabilitation, education, and vocational training.
Child Labor Prevention – GoodWeave promotes awareness and prevention throughout producer communities, from daycare to early childhood education for the children of carpet weavers to school sponsorship for children at risk of working.

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

About GoodWeave
GoodWeave works to end child labor in the handmade carpet industry by inspecting weaving looms and providing rehabilitation and education for former child weavers and other at-risk children. Through the sale and certification of nearly 8 million child-labor-free rugs worldwide, GoodWeave has helped reduced the number of child laborers in the rug industry from one million to 250,000. GoodWeave has provided more than 10,600 children in weaving communities with an education and other life-changing services. The GoodWeave label is the best assurance that no child labor was used in the making of a carpet or rug.

Media representatives may download GoodWeave’s press kit here, or visit the GoodWeave press room. To learn more about GoodWeave’s Nepal office, visit www.GoodweaveNepal.org.