abc carpet & home announces partnership with Label STEP, a nonprot organization dedicated to eliminating child labor, supporting eco-friendly practices, elevating working conditions, and establishing fair wages across the carpet industry.

abc carpet & home is Label STEP’s 1st major retail partner in North America. As a brand working with makers in Morocco, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal, abc thoughtfully selects vendors that reect their values in upholding sustainable practices and supporting their weavers and communities worldwide.

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“I’m delighted to partner with Label STEP to implement the highest industry standards in collaboration with our vendor community,” shares Haynes Robinson, SVP of Product Design & Development at abc carpet & home. “Together, we will build on these practices over time in support of a more sustainable future.”

A step toward greater good

Label STEP will visit vendors and vet all aspects of their work environments and employees’ quality of life, from air-ow and lighting, to ensuring access to necessary resources. abc’s SVP and General Manager of Carpet, Eileen Applebaum, explains “This isn’t a one-time solution, but rather a sustained commitment to put our resources towards a dynamic, step-by-step auditing and support process.” abc will support Label STEP through a model in which the brand and its suppliers commit to a percentage of purchase costs to ensure these purpose-driven practices are implemented.

abc’s history with sustainability

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In 2003, abc created a system of icons to guide sourcing choices, initiating a set of standards for social and environmental transformation in core categories, in a landscape where it wasn’t common practice. As part of this process, abc partnered with the Rainforest Alliance to create a goodwood vetting program. The goodwood icon requires in-depth supplier reports and documentation ensuring wood used to design products carried at abc is from responsibly- managed forests or reclaimed sources that protect old growth and endangered forest species. One of abc’s current vendors, Viento, uses solely fallen wood from storms, sustainably harvested in Mexico.