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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.


Putting up petition letters for signature in our environment is an excellent way of contributing to fairer working conditions in toy factories. Signees point out to multi-national companies that human and workers’ rights are being violated by licensed firms and factories producing toys for them. At the same time, these big companies learn that consumers are concerned about where and how the toys they buy for their children are produced and that they want to buy ethically produced products.

We offer a number of petition letters that you can either send to your favourite toy shop or directly to a brand name of your choice.
You can find them in your language on our national websites:
Austria, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania

Urgent Appeals
Developing and circulating appeals for urgent actions is another way in which Stop Toying Around! wants to support workers in specific cases where their rights have been violated.

An Urgent Appeal contains the request from a worker to encourage people to take action (e.g. send a letter/email or fax of protest to a factory owner and the brand concerned). Usually we will provide you with a sample letter/email that you can send to the respective owner/brand/company.

Stop Toying Around! and its partners receive appeals from workers producing toys for companies that are part of the international supply chains of major multi-national brand name companies. These brand name companies are vulnerable to public opinion regarding conditions at their suppliers, therefore concerns expressed by activists and the public can have an impact on the actions taken by such companies in relation to these cases.

This form of mobilisation has already helped many workers to claim their rights!

If you want to participate, you just need to send an email to your national campaign office and your name will be added to our mailing lists for Urgent Appeals. We will inform you each time we are asked to help with a specific case.

Link to national websites Austria, Czech Republic, France, Poland, Romania

Shop Cards
Any consumer has the power to ask questions about where and how the toys they buy have been produced. And to demand fair working conditions. We can all do that in our favourite toy shop by asking the following questions:
• Do you know where this toy was produced?
• Do you know whether this brand has a code of conduct?
• Do you know the content of this code of conduct?
• Do you know whether the code is monitored?
• Have you seen one of the monitoring reports?

Most of the time, shop personnel will not know the answers, but if we keep asking, their managers must at some point try to get some answers from the brands, because they will be sick of being asked by their personnel and not having the answers.

If asking questions make you feel uneasy, use the shop cards the Stop Toying Around! Campaign offers. Hand them over at your next visit or send them directly. They ask the same questions and demand a written answer by the shop owners. The more cards a shop receives, the more likely the owner will react, thus having to ask his retailer the same questions in order to satisfy her/his customers.

We will provide you with as many shop cards as needed for every interested person you know in the participating countries. Just send an email to your national campaign office.

Link to national websites Austria, Czech Republic, France, Poland, Romania