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.