Green Festival Speakers

Nina Smith

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GoodWeave's independent certification label (formerly RugMark) appears on more than 75 different rug brands, ensuring that no children were involved in making the rug and that children in India and Nepal are receiving an education. Join GoodWeave USA's Executive Director, Nina Smith, for a discussion about strategies for engaging consumers, industry and NGOs to build the market for childlaborfree products to eradicate exploitation on an industrywide basis in less than a decade.


Nina Smith is the executive director of GoodWeave USA (formerly RugMark). GoodWeave works to end exploitative child labor in the handmade carpet industry through its nochildlabor certification and education programs for kids in weaving communities in Nepal and India. A fair trade advocate and marketing professional for over 15 years, Nina won the 2005 Skoll award for Social Entrepreneurship, acknowledging her work to employ market strategies for social change through GoodWeave. Nina was formerly the executive director of The Crafts Center (1995