Baya is proud to be licensed by GoodWeave, an organization that is working to end child labour and uphold healthy working conditions for weavers in the floor rug and textile industry.
Who are GoodWeave?
GoodWeave is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi. It is a leading global institution with a mission to end child labour in global supply chains through an authentic, market-based, and holistic system.
Baya's certified floor rugs are produced by licensed exporters who are happy to undergo unannounced inspections of their premises by GoodWeave staff.
It also means that a percentage of the cost of each floor rug is donated by Baya's parent company for Goodweave's social programs in India, Nepal or Afghanistan.
Baya believe that understanding the supply chain and knowing that your purchase makes a tangible difference for weaving communities, makes our floor rugs all the more beautiful and enjoyable to take home.
“We want you to enjoy your rug; assured that it was produced ethically, with no child labour.”
David Heath - Co-owner
Why is this work so important?
More than 152 million children are forced into labour.
Some children trafficked to loom sheds far from home – often under threat of violence – to work off a family debt that can never be repaid on meagre weaving wages.
Child laborers often forfeit the chance to ever begin school, giving them the highest illiteracy rates in the world. Victims are 5-14 years of age, and while corporate social auditing improves working conditions at “first tier” factories, the worst exploitation takes place outside of the factory where many layers of subcontracting turn child labour into an invisible crime in hidden workplaces.
Since founding GoodWeave has ...
Over 6,700 children have been rescued from labour in carpet mills and factories.
GoodWeave has provided quality education to almost 26,000 rescued and vulnerable children.
Deterred child labour
GoodWeave works at the root of the cause by deterring hundreds of thousands of children from entering forced labour.
Drawn attention to global supply chains
GoodWeave has worked hard to bring visibility to global supply chains, the GoodWeave Standard requires full disclosure and transparency of the producer’s supply chain.
Finding the GoodWeave certification label on the back of products provides assurance that products are free of child labour.
Improved working conditions GoodWeave works to give a voice to informal and marginalized workers. Audits include broader workers’ rights such as freedom of association and collective bargaining, as well as no discrimination, decent working conditions, and minimizing negative environmental impacts in production.
Created transformational services
GoodWeave works to transform communities by supporting children’s education and programs that provide critical services.
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