Is there a list of fair or ethical toys?
Where should consumers buy their toys?
There is a growing number of companies who care about the conditions under which their toys are produced. And there are many transnational toy companies, who have made progress at least on paper - by introducing Codes of Conduct or joining the ICTI CARE process, which should ensure that social rights are not violated during the whole supply chain. Mostly, these initiatives lack independent control. It is of utmost importance that unions or workers councils and NGOs take part in the monitoring and assessment of the implementation of codes in what we call Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives, which allow independent control. These already exist in the garment industry, but not yet in toy production. Participation in a Multi-Stakeholder Initiative does not automatically mean that the company produces 100% fair toys, but that it openly admits to certain standards, that these are being monitored independently and that workers are allowed to complain if standards are not adhered to.