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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers

to recurring questions:

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).

Why is there no “fair toy” label?

There could only be a label for a “fair toy” if we could be 100% sure that this toy is produced under fair working conditions.

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!

How do I know who produced my toys?

The first indication is the label on the toy or on its package. The information given there should help you find out more about the manufacturer.

Does the Stop Toying Around! Campaign call on consumers to boycott the toy industy?

No! Stop Toying Around! wants workers to keep their jobs, so the worst thing that can happen is that companies decide to cut their ties with a business in a factory or country and move somewhere else.

Are small and medium sized companies also responsible for working conditions at their suppliers?

Every company is responsible! Every company must check where their toys are produced and ensure human rights are not violated!