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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

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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.

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.


The two factories are suppliers of Disney and have received certificates of the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) to state that they uphold certain standards regarding human and workers rights.

Nevertheless, in one of the factories, workers neither receive a contract nor wage stubs to verify their overtime and salary. If workers refuse to work overtime, they will be fined 50 RMB (around 50 EURO). In the other factory, the situation is not better. At Wai Shing, another Disney and Mattel supplier, workers have to work up to 120 hours of overtime per month in order to respect very short lead times.  Working conditions are problematic. Toilet breaks are restricted to two a day for a maximum of 5 minutes - and only with a special permit.

In both factories, temperatures are unbearably hot. At Tianyu Toys, air condition exists, but workers would have to pay for the use of it by inserting coins.... Workers have to handle toxic substances, but are not told what exactly they use, not given any safety equipment and not informed how to handle the chemicals in order not to hurt themselves.

In factory dormitories 7 to 12 people share a 25m2 room. The bunk bed is often the only private area workers have. Meals are provided by the factory canteen, but the quality of the food is revolting. Workers at Wai Shing report that often sand and iron scrap is found in the food. Still, up to a quarter of their monthly salary is deducted for food and accomodation.


You can read the whole report here.

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