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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.

Is there a list of “fair” or “ethical” toys?

Where should consumers buy their toys?
Unfortunately there is no label for “fair” toys and we don't have a list of "fair" retailers or manufacturers - things are not really at the point yet where we would feel comfortable endorsing or recommending any companies (since they all have a long way to go).

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 worker’s 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.