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External Evaluation of ‘Ending Child Labour and Forced Labour in Apparel Supply Chains in India,’ implemented by GoodWeave and funded by C&A Foundation

Jul 25, 2018

The presence of child labour in informal apparel supply chains is significant1 . A study commissioned by GoodWeave and C&A Foundation in 2015 states that, "…embroidery activities take place in the peri-urban and rural areas of both the NCR and Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh) clusters. Located outside the code of conduct, that is enforceable by regulations, homework remains mired in enduring challenges, like lower wages, harsh working conditions, health and safety risks and child labour". In 2016, GoodWeave (with funding from C&A Foundation) launched a pilot project to transfer GoodWeave's model for ending forced and child labour from the handmade carpet sector to the apparel and jewelry sector.

The short-term goal of this two-year pilot was to build capacity to reduce child labour and forced labour in informal apparel supply chains in India. It had four key objectives: to leverage market influence over suppliers; to improve supply chain transparency; to offer educational opportunities for children in garment worker communities and to ensure decent work for adults. The four objectives of the pilot are aligned with both GoodWeave's Theory of Change (ToC) for the apparel sector, and C&A Foundation's ToC for its Forced and Child Labour Programme. This evaluation is based on, and tests, GoodWeave's ToC for the pilot initiative implemented in the apparel sector.