GoodWeave International and Fair Wear Foundation are working together to address child and forced labour within the hidden and informal segments of the apparel and textile supply chain.

Fair Wear member companies engaged in sourcing activities from India are being encouraged to become GoodWeave licensees to give them the chance to capitalise on comprehensive supply chain mapping and inspections aimed at eradicating child, forced, and bonded labour.

These efforts extend beyond Tier One factories and encompass sub-contracted as well as home-based work sites, which are described as notorious hotspots for exploitation. The partnership also entails the implementation of programmes for remediation and prevention.

GoodWeave is set to act as a knowledge partner for Fair Wear, providing invaluable insights and expertise pertaining to the identification, remediation, and prevention of child, forced, and bonded labour.

Fair Wear Foundation head of supply chain engagement Suhasini Singh shared: “We’ve successfully worked together on a previous project and chose to continue partnering with GoodWeave given their expertise in stopping child labour and creating supply chain visibility specifically related to subcontracted and home-based worksites.”

GoodWeave International senior director of strategic partnerships and advocacy Silvia Mera echoed the shared goals of the two organisations: “We look forward to continuing our work together and to serve as a resource for apparel and textile companies looking to improve their human rights due diligence.”

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GoodWeave began working with online retailer Asos earlier this year (3 February), to combat modern slavery in its India supply chain.

GoodWeave released a tool in 2021 to help companies and non-governmental organisations eliminate child labour in the global supply chain.