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Making Toys without Joy

SACOM's latest report says that the hardship of the toy factory workers is a consequence of squeezing the unit prices in the global supply chain.

URGENT ACTION: Mattel needs to act!

It is time for Mattel to assume responsibility.
The family of the deceased Mattel worker Nianzhen Hu are still waiting for a fair compensation and Mattel must change its purchasing practices to safeguard the workers' physic and mental conditions.

Urgent Appeal: Suicide at Mattel supplier

Due to work related stress and repeated humiliation, a 45 year old female worker jumped out of a window on the sixth floor at Tai Qiang Factory, a Mattel supplier in China.

Petition hand-over to ICTI

ICTI receives almost 13.000 signatures demanding better conditions for workers in toy factories

ICTI needs to act!

The International Council of Toy Industries ICTI has been approached by a coalition of NGOs campaigning for fair working conditions in toy production, including the partners of "Stop Toying Around!".

New report on two Chinese toy factories:

The recent report called "Exploitations of Toy Factory Workers at the Bottom of the Global Supply Chain" reveals that violations of human and workers rights remain even in certified toy factories in China.

Stop Toying Around!

Toys we buy in Europe are mostly produced in China. Outsourcing production to low cost countries allows big companies to have extremely low wages and production costs. In order to meet the very short delivery periods and accept the low prices for toy orders from multinational companies, violations of human and workers’ rights are deemed “normal” in many Chinese toy factories.

  • Labour hours are far too long (up to 16 hours every day!) and wages paid are too low to enable workers and their families to lead a life in dignity.
  • Work places are dangerous because machines are old and faulty, toxic substances are used and safety gear is hardly ever distributed.

Approximately 3-5 million people, most of them young women, work and live under very often inhumane conditions in Chinese toy factories. They leave their homes and families in the countryside in order to find work and earn money in the big cities, where thousands of factories produce for Western toy multinationals. But salaries are too low to support their relatives and excessive working hours and dangerous work places make many of them sick. There is even a Chinese word for death from exhaustion: Guolaosi. Most of the workers are not aware of their rights and very often neither factory management nor ordering customers are willing to rectify this. And in China, only factory representation is allowed, and apart from the official party union, unions are forbidden.

The Campaign „Stop toying around!“ wants to help change this situation! Our task is to inform consumers, media and decision makers about the situation of Chinese workers in toy factories. It is our goal to start a dialogue between multinational toy companies, wholesalers, NGOs, and factory workers and their representatives to eventually improve the situation of Chinese toy workers and allow them a humane life which is not endangered and threatened every day.