Harvard Report Exposes Abuses in Indian Rug Industry

In recent years, GoodWeave has expanded its work to focus on forced and bonded labour, as well as child labour. The GoodWeave rug certification process is the only independent system that inspects all levels of the rug-making supply chain.

Harvard University's FXB Center for Health and Human Rights has released a report focused on slavery and child labour in the hand-made rug industry in India, which is a significant exporter of rugs to the UK. Nina Smith, Executive Director of GoodWeave comments on the report: "Mr. Kara's extensive findings report an estimated 45 percent incidence of forced labour under Indian Law and a similar level of underpayment of wages among the country's carpet weavers. We agree with Mr. Kara's recommendations for addressing the problem, and believe our independent certification and licensing process can be an important component of the solution he envisions. A recent independent report affirmed that child labour is virtually non-existent in our inspected supply chains in India."

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