GoodWeave's new expanded standard was launched in November - the result of nearly five years of work to develop a comprehensive standard and verification system for the rug industry. GoodWeave's licensed exporters now have a 12-month phase-in period, to come into compliance with the core requirements of the expanded standard.
Sustainability labels have become important considerations for consumers around the world, and this new standard was developed in response to requests from GoodWeave's partners who asked for a broader standard covering environmental, labour and social concerns.
The development of the new standard followed the internationally recognized best practice guidelines of the ISEAL Alliance, and involved consultation with stakeholders around the world. The full text of the standard can be viewed here. The expanded standard will allow GoodWeave to further pursue its mission of eliminating child labour whilst creating a more ethical and sustainable industry. It will also add value to every rug bearing the GoodWeave label through additional assurances of sustainable practices.
The Rug Company