European Campaigns:    AUT   FR   PL   CZ   RO

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.

Petition hand-over to ICTI

ICTI receives almost 13.000 signatures demanding better conditions for workers in toy factories

In a meeting with ICTI CARE Ceo Christian Ewert on April 12, 2011, the campaign "Stop Toying Around!" was proud to hand over almost 13.000 signatures of concerned consumers from all over the world.

"Stop Toying Around!" sincerely thanks all signees for their support!

Mr. Ewert was impressed by the sheer figure of supporters, assessed that all four demands are worth serious consideration and states that ICTI CARE is in fact already working on them. The Board will receive samples of the petition cards and the issue will be on the agenda for discussion amongst the Board members at their next meeting in June 2011.

Regarding the four demands of the Petition:

1) for a living wage - ICTI understands the concept, but feels there needs to be a good definition for China first

2) for restricting overtime to the maximum allowed by Chinese Labour Law - this remains a goal for ICTI, but they feel a challenge of matching demands of migrants, who come to the factories to work as much as possible, with legal requirements.

3) for toy companies to pay fair prices and realistic delivery lead times which allow factories to treat their workers fair - ICTI admits that toy companies are recognised as putting pressure on supply chain margins and that ICTI CARE's role is to make sure that the supplier does not meet the customer's demands on the backs of his workers. A pilot progamme to make buyers aware of the consequences of their practices is underway.

4) for not accepting violations against labour rights anywhere in the supply chain - ICTI CARE admits that they have so far put focus only on the first level of suppliers and are working on how to include also to second-tier suppliers in their requirements for certification

We are grateful for ICTI CARE's quick responses, but are not thoroughly satisfied with their answers, because we feel more could be done and quicker, so we will continue to put pressure in order to improve the part ICTI and ICTI CARE can play for a better life for millions of toy workers in China.