Nina Smith is the founding Chief Executive Officer of GoodWeave International, the leading global NGO working to stop child labor in supply chains worldwide. GoodWeave brings visibility to workers; restores childhoods; and provides assurance to companies and consumers that select products with the GoodWeave® certification label are produced free from child labor. Under Nina’s leadership, GoodWeave has pioneered a system that has led to the rescue of nearly 9,000 children from exploitation. The organization has also provided rehabilitation, education and other critical support to rescued children, as well as tens of thousands of other children in producer communities in South Asia, and reduced prevalence of child labor in the handmade carpet industry by 80%.
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, the World Economic Forum, Harvard University, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the American Bar Association, among others. She is winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the Schwab Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurs, the Tufts University Alumni Award for Active Citizenship and Public Service, 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, as well as the Takoma Park Cheder Community where her son received his Jewish education. She is a graduate of Tufts University, and lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with her husband John and son Samuel.