Anji Mountain Joins Goodweave in Fight to End Child Labor in the Rug Industry
Anji Mountain has joined forces with GoodWeave in their longstanding fight to eliminate child labor from the rug industry and has pledged to import exclusively from GoodWeave certified factories in India by January 2017. GoodWeave aims to stop child labor in the carpet industry and to replicate its market-based approach in other sectors by certifying child-labor-free rugs and by providing education and opportunities to rescued and at-risk children.
It is Anji Mountain’s travels to India that has led to its partnership with GoodWeave. Anji Mountain has developed a flourishing business focused on handloom woven rugs made from jute, natural, and recycled materials manufactured in the villages of northern and southern India. There is a quiet dignity and well-honed skill displayed by the weavers operating vintage wooden handlooms. This is often physically demanding work most appropriately done by mature, skilled artisans.
To current owners—President David Moons and Vice President Jeff Gold—it was immediately clear that child labor had no place in such an environment. “GoodWeave has established itself as the gold-standard in regards to qualifying factories and implementing educational programs focused on eradicating child labor in rug manufacturing. We travel to India frequently and have strong, trusting relationships with our factories and we jointly believe that supporting GoodWeave’s mission is the right thing to do. It’s our hope—and the hope of our factories—that the industry aligns with GoodWeave to ensure that children will no longer be exploited in the manufacturing of rugs.” says David Moons.
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