ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP AND PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

Nina Smith is the founding Chief Executive Officer of GoodWeave International, the leading global NGO working to stop child labor in global supply chains. GoodWeave brings visibility and rights to workers; restores childhoods; and provides assurance to companies and consumers that carpets and home textiles they purchase with the GoodWeave certification label are produced free from child labor. GoodWeave certified products are available in retail outlets around the world, including through major retailers, such as Target, Macy’s, and Restoration Hardware.

Under Nina's leadership, GoodWeave has pioneered and innovated a market-based system that has led to the rescue of nearly 8,000 children from exploitation and provided rehabilitation, education, and other critical support to these and tens of thousands of other children in producer communities in India, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.

A longtime advocate for children’s rights and an expert on addressing labor violations in manufacturing supply chains, Nina has spoken on these issues at fora such as the Skoll World Forum and the World Economic Forum. She is winner of the Skoll and Schwab awards for social entrepreneurship and the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership. Currently Nina sits on the boards of the Fair Labor Association and the Better Buying Institute and for more than two decades has closely collaborated with GoodWeave founder Kailash Satyarthi, winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his lifetime of work dedicated to ending child labor. She lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with her husband John and son Samuel.

Nina Smith, J89

Nina Smith, J89