GoodWeave is a non-profit organisation based in Washington, DC that seeks to end exploitative child labour in the carpet industry and offer educational opportunities to children and support to communities affected by exploitative practices.

They do this by certifying carpets and rugs free from exploitive production. In order to earn the GoodWeave label, rug exporters and importers must be licensed under the GoodWeave certification programme and sign a legally binding contract to adhere to the no-child labour standard.

Importers agree to source only from GoodWeave certified exporters in India, Nepal and any other country in which GoodWeave rugs are available. In the United States and other rug-importing countries, only licensed importers are legally permitted to sell carpets carrying the GoodWeave label.

GoodWeave is in compliance with:


Compliance Status (Code Version and approval date of compliance)

Last Updated


Version 6, November 2016



Version 1, July 2014



Version 1, Independent Evaluation due for completion 2017


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