Care & Fair Information
Care & Fair are an organisation based in India whose goal is to eliminate illegal Child Labour in the carpet producing areas of India, Nepal and Pakistan, and ensure good social welfare. This growing organisation is currently supported by over 450 member companies worldwide.
Founded in September 1994 by committed carpet importers, the initiative is dedicated to eliminate child labour in the countries of origin, and at the same time they are proactively working to improve the living conditions, education and social standards for carpet knotters and their families in the rug weaving regions of India, Nepal and Pakistan.
Care & Fair is a European initiative that works in partnership with rug manufacturers to ensure their active commitment to the fact that products originating from child labour or other socially unacceptable production are totally unacceptable to western customers. As a result of their co-operations and interventions, all Care & Fair certified rugs and carpets made in India, Pakistan and Nepal, are made according to strict protection laws. The Care & Fair certificate confirms that no child labour is used, the weavers enjoy good living conditions and fair wages.
Thanks to the financial support of Care & Fair member companies that contribute a percentage of the value of their imports, Care & Fair offers free education and primary medical care to children in these weaving areas. Plus, a Women Empowerment Program was set up in 2002 inviting mothers and elder sisters of school children in some Care & Fair schools the opportunity to learn reading, writing and maths. In addition to these essential skills, they can also attend sewing and stitching workshops to learn how to produce useful things that they can sell at the local markets or use for their own families.
We are very proud that all our rugs, which are created in collaboration with Momo Rugs, are endorsed by the Care & Fair label.
Read more about Care & Fair education and health for carpet knotting families, on their website: www.care-fair.org