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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.

Would a fair toy not be very expensive?

Even though many companies list this argument for not implementing a code of conduct – the answer is NO!

This claim is ridiculous, especially if you look at it in more detail. Wages for toy workers producing a Barbie doll make up only 0.8% of the overall production costs. If wages were doubled and this increase directly transmitted to the final consumer, a Barbie doll would cost 15.05 EURO instead of 15 EURO. On top of that, these wage increases should not be paid by the consumers, but by the brand company, which receives the biggest part of the profit (diagram for the Barbie doll cost distribution).
Besides pure wage increases, other measures should be taken, e.g. improved security in the work place, better living conditions in dormitories for workers, better food etc. These would not lead to a noticeable increase in the price of toys either.