Applaud Target for Reducing Child Labor

Target-by-Mike-Mozart

Target: Brian C. Cornell, Chief Executive Officer of Target

Goal: Applaud Target’s efforts to reduce child labor by providing ethically-produced products in Target stores.

Target has recently formed a partnership with GoodWeave, a company that collaborates with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to ensure that its products have not been created by child labor on any level. Across Saharan Africa and Central and South Asia, an estimated 168 million children go to work every day. These children are working in small villages, rural fields, and back alleys of cities working in a day to day existence that does not provide them an education or a way to change their socioeconomic status. Applaud Target’s efforts to stop child labor.

In the United States, many of the products we purchase on a daily basis have been influenced by child labor, including our clothing, household items, and even the chocolate we have for dessert. One of the major efforts of the Target company has been to create a mapping platform that tracks supply chain and data down to the remotest of origins in order to guarantee that the labor was provided by adults and not children. Once the platform is complete, access will be granted to other companies, organizations, and NGOs so they too may provide their customers with ethically made products.

GoodWeave and USAID’s continuous efforts to reduce child labor has resulted in an 80 percent drop of the number of children exploited by the South Asian rug industry. GoodWeave has also rescued many children who had been exploited and trafficked into the rug industry with the hope they would receive paid work and protection. Ever since the foundation of GoodWeave, inspectors have followed the supply chain to every back-alley loom, factory, or home in order to certify that their products are created with integrity.

Target’s partnership with GoodWeave allows shoppers to be certain that rugs woven in South Asia, clothing embroidered in India, and even bricks laid in Nepal are a child-labor-free purchase. The supply chain platform that the company is developing will only continue to secure that products we purchase and consume are created by ethical means.

Children across the globe deserve lives free of child labor. By signing this petition, you are thanking Brian C. Cornell, Chief Executive Officer of Target, for forming partnerships that provide customers with ethical products.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Cornell,

Across Saharan Africa to South Asia, approximately 168 million children are put to work on a daily basis, not attending school, and often trafficked away from their families. Thanks to your recent partnership with GoodWeave, and your development of new technology, Target is taking steps to reduce that number.

This partnership with GoodWeave is a groundbreaking step towards a more ethical consumer base in the United States. Customers of Target can be guaranteed that their purchases are free of child labor. Moreover, the supply chain mapping platform that your company is developing further contributes to the protection of children from harsh labor conditions across the globe.

Thank you so much for taking steps to protect innocent children around the world from an unjust childhood of labor. Please continue your efforts to provide ethical products to your customers.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mike Mozart

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