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News & Events

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Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2021

2020-10-30

IETP will not conduct audits and PVs between Feb 1st and Feb 28th 2020 at factories located in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2021

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IETP launches new Remediation Program – leveraging expertise to provide bespoke solutions for factories to achieve supply chain excellence

2020-08-28

The 9 and 12-month Remediation Program offers targeted capability building solutions to suppliers who are currently in the 12-month Probation Program

IETP launches new Remediation Program – leveraging expertise to provide bespoke solutions for factories to achieve supply chain excellence

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IETP launches new E-learning module to raise suppliers’ awareness of Modern Slavery

2020-07-31

Building on the success of the new e-learning platform, IETP is launching the second module designed to raise factory members’ awareness of Modern Slavery and Involuntary Work

IETP launches new E-learning module to raise suppliers’ awareness of Modern Slavery

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10 Factories Opening Family-Friendly Spaces this Summer to Support Parent Workers

2020-07-08

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, 10 Chinese factories in the IETP Program are implementing the Family-friendly Spaces (FFS) program this summer

10 Factories Opening Family-Friendly Spaces this Summer to Support Parent Workers

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Supporting workers for 10 years – New Impact Report from the IETP Worker Helpline

2020-06-26

IETP Worker Helpline has been made available to over 792,110 workers and provided counseling and advice to 17,776 workers

Supporting workers for 10 years – New Impact Report from the IETP Worker Helpline

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IETP launches first-of-its-kind E-learning platform for suppliers to build capability and raise standards

2020-06-12

IETP aims to build factory knowledge and capability on responsible sourcing, supporting factories to make improvements, and helping them to get the most from the Ethical Toy Program

IETP launches first-of-its-kind E-learning platform for suppliers to build capability and raise standards

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IETP Annual Review 2018 & 2019 now available

2020-06-09

Find out what we have been up to over the past two years as we celebrate significant growth and development at IETP

IETP Annual Review 2018 & 2019 now available

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Supporting Migrant Workers through COVID-19

2020-04-28

Migrant parent workers are particularly impacted by COVID-19. IETP is offering various programs to support migrant parent workers and their left-behind children through the crisis and recovery phases. 

Supporting Migrant Workers through COVID-19

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Purchasing Practices Guidance for COVID-19

2020-04-17

Purchasing and procurement best practices to help you manage risks, protect workers and secure mutually beneficial business partnerships with your manufacturers during these difficult times

Purchasing Practices Guidance for COVID-19

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IETP Checklist Version 2.2 Effective on 13 April 2020

2020-04-13

The latest checklist removed content relevant to the grace period since it has ended and provides clearer instructions in the guidance text

IETP Checklist Version 2.2 Effective on 13 April 2020

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Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

2020-04-02

Regular updates from ICTI Ethical Toy Program on the actions we are taking to respond to COVID-19 #toyindustry

Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Responsible Recruitment Guidance to help factories navigate worker shortages caused by COVID-19

2020-03-09

IETP’s practical Recruitment Practices Briefing helps factories avoid recruitment pitfalls as they respond to potential labour shortages related to COVID-19

Responsible Recruitment Guidance to help factories navigate worker shortages caused by COVID-19

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Latest Update on Audit Arrangements for Mainland China

2020-02-04

In response to the government's call to strengthen the prevention and control of the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, ICTI Ethical Toy Program (IETP) understands that accredited audit firms and factories may need to implement special work arrangements and some businesses may resume operation later than planned, therefore, it may affect the progress of their certification.

Latest Update on Audit Arrangements for Mainland China

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Update on Coronavirus and potential impacts on the toy industry

2020-01-30

As China continues with its efforts to control the spread of the current coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak originating in Wuhan, the government has officially extended the Chinese New Year holiday.

Update on Coronavirus and potential impacts on the toy industry

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Reminder: Grace Period for 2018 Audit Checklist Has Ended

2020-01-01

The grace period ran for over a year and ended on 31 December 2019. All checkpoints are in the IETP Audit Checklist are now effective from 1 January 2020

Reminder: Grace Period for 2018 Audit Checklist Has Ended

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Find certified suppliers at the 2020 Toy Fairs

2019-12-19

We are introducing new services to help buyers who are committed to responsible sourcing to find IETP certified suppliers at the Hong Kong Toy and Games Fair 2020 and Spielwarenmesse 2020

Find certified suppliers at the 2020 Toy Fairs

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Reporting back: Family Friendly Spaces Sharing Conference

2019-12-18

Powerful testimonials from Family-Friendly Program sponsors and participants

Reporting back: Family Friendly Spaces Sharing Conference

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Would you like your factory to be included in a free promotional campaign at international toy fairs?

2019-12-13

Would you like your factory to be included in a free promotional campaign at international toy fairs?

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Building Factory Capability: Lean Manufacturing

2019-12-09

IETP organized free training on lean manufacturing for factories in the program

Building Factory Capability: Lean Manufacturing

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CCR CSR and ICTI Ethical Toy Program Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

2019-11-28

As delegates from around the world gathered at the General Assembly on November 20th to mark the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), we too at the Center for Child Rights & Corporate Social Responsibility (CCR CSR) and ICTI Ethical Toy Program (IETP) reflected on the positive impact that our four year partnership has had on the lives of children. 

CCR CSR and ICTI Ethical Toy Program Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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ICTI Ethical Toy Program – statement in response to China Labor Watch (Fair Toys Coalition) Report

2019-11-20

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ICTI Ethical Toy Program – statement in response to China Labor Watch (Fair Toys Coalition) Report

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ICTI Ethical Toy Program – statement in response to China Labor Watch (Fair Toys Coalition) Report

2019-11-20

Download the statement

ICTI Ethical Toy Program – statement in response to China Labor Watch (Fair Toys Coalition) Report

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Businesses Executives' tips to expand international business opportunities

2019-11-08

Over 60 guests gathered in Shanghai for a multi-stakeholder dialogue

Businesses Executives' tips to expand international business opportunities

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Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2020

2019-11-05

IETP will not conduct audits and PVs between Jan 13th 2020 and Feb 16th 2020 at factories located in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2020

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Family-Friendly Spaces Sharing Conference 2019

2019-10-22

The sharing conference on 22 Oct 2019 will gather together participating factories and supporting brands from this year’s FFS program to reflect on impacts and achievements.

Family-Friendly Spaces Sharing Conference 2019

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Exploring Global Business Opportunities at the 18th China International Toy Fair

2019-10-17

Join us for our IETP Seminar at China Toy Expo. We are honored to welcome the President of China Toy & Juvenile Products Association, Ms. May Liang, for opening remarks. Followed by the CEO and President of IETP, Ms. Carmel Giblin, to share how IETP can help you overcome business challenges. We’ll also invite brands, retailers and factory representatives to share their experience with the Ethical Toy Program

Exploring Global Business Opportunities at the 18th China International Toy Fair

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Senior Vice President speaks on panel at CSR Asia in Bangkok

2019-10-02

On 18th – 19th September, Mark Robertson, Senior Vice President at ICTI Ethical Toy Program, attended and spoke on a panel at CSR Asia Summit 2019, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand. The focus of on the two-day event was on strategy for results, supply chain innovation, and effectiveness.

Senior Vice President speaks on panel at CSR Asia in Bangkok

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Ethical Toy Program at UNICEF & UN Global Compact Summits on Family-Friendly Policies

2019-09-12

In July, Ethical Toy Program was invited to present at a high-level UNICEF and UN Global Compact Summit in New York focussed on family-friendly policies in business operations and supply chains.

Ethical Toy Program at UNICEF & UN Global Compact Summits on Family-Friendly Policies

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Family-Friendly Spaces activities updates

2019-08-02

Find out what's going on at our Family-Friendly Spaces this summer

Family-Friendly Spaces activities updates

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This year we are bringing Family-Friendly Spaces to more factories than ever before

2019-07-08

We are opening 31 spaces which will welcome over 1,200 children for the summer. This will mean over 1,500 parent workers will get to spend time with their children during the summer months.

This year we are bringing Family-Friendly Spaces to more factories than ever before

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Download our Peak Season Recruitment Practices Briefing

2019-07-05

Guidance on avoiding peak season hiring pitfalls

Download our Peak Season Recruitment Practices Briefing

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Updated Audit Checklist Version 2.1 effective from 1st September 2019

2019-07-03

Please familiarize yourself with these changes before Audit Checklist V2.1 replaces V2.0 on 1st September 2019

Updated Audit Checklist Version 2.1 effective from 1st September 2019

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Exploring manufacturing opportunities in Vietnam

2019-07-01

In June, Ethical Toy Program and the Shenzhen Toy Industry Association (SZTIA) co-hosted a seminar ‘Introduction to Compliance Regulations in Vietnam’.  

Exploring manufacturing opportunities in Vietnam

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Supporting you across multiple product categories and geographies

2019-06-21

We are committed to further extending IETP Certification to cover new product categories and to reach more factories within China and beyond.

Supporting you across multiple product categories and geographies

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Implementing Employer Pays Principle – Ethical Toy Program Best Practice Case Study from Taipei

2019-06-17

The Employer Pays Principle (EPP) requires that no worker should pay for a job - the costs of recruitment should be borne not by the worker but by the employer. We work to ensure that toy factories adopt responsible recruitment practices which support the EPP, and our audit checklist requirements have long since prohibited the charging of recruitment fees to factory workers.  

Implementing Employer Pays Principle – Ethical Toy Program Best Practice Case Study from Taipei

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Expanding Ethical Toy Program membership at DISTOY 2019

2019-06-14

In May, the annual toy distributors show DISTOY took place in London, the Ethical Toy Program team spent the week meeting with toy brand and licensor exhibitors to highlight the benefits of ethical manufacturing

Expanding Ethical Toy Program membership at DISTOY 2019

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Ethical Toy Program and Save the Children announce partnership and webinar series to advance Child Rights

2019-04-11

Ethical Toy Program and Save the Children today announce a new strategic partnership to strengthen and support child rights and promote the well-being of children.

Ethical Toy Program and Save the Children announce partnership and webinar series to advance Child Rights

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Chinese Government strengthens requirements on gender discrimination in employment

2019-04-08

On 21st February 2019, a joint notice was issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the Ministry of Education and other ministries and groups in China to ban gender discrimination in the workplace.  

Chinese Government strengthens requirements on gender discrimination in employment

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Audit reports now updated with APSCA registration information

2019-04-04

All Ethical Toy Program audit reports now include the unique APSCA registration number of the auditor and audit firm who have conducted the audit.

Audit reports now updated with APSCA registration information

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Ethical Toy Program and Ethical Corporation build on global partnership

2019-04-02

Building on four successful years of collaboration and partnership, Ethical Toy Program and Ethical Corporation are extending their partnership to further share ideas and promote solutions to responsible sourcing challenges in the toy industry and beyond.

Ethical Toy Program and Ethical Corporation build on global partnership

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Ethical Toy Program announces new board members, thanks outgoing directors

2019-03-06

Following the January 2019 Governing Board meeting, the ICTI Ethical Toy Program announces the appointment of three new members to its Governing Board.

Ethical Toy Program announces new board members, thanks outgoing directors

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Ethical Toy Program publishes new Worker Helpline Briefing

2019-02-27

Download now to learn about the service and the benefits the Worker Helpline delivers to workers, factories, brands and retailers.

Ethical Toy Program publishes new Worker Helpline Briefing

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Are your Helpline Cards and Posters up to date?

2019-02-11

From March 1 2019 it will be an audit violation if workers are not in possession of the latest Helpline Cards or the latest Helpline Poster is not displayed in the factory

Are your Helpline Cards and Posters up to date?

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Opportunities for toy manufacturing in Southeast Asia

2019-02-08

Southeast Asia is a region of opportunity for toy manufacturing, countries such as Indonesia and Vietnam typically have a high volume of workers with the necessary skills to support toy manufacturing.

Opportunities for toy manufacturing in Southeast Asia

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Considering supporting our Family Friendly Spaces program in 2019?

2019-02-05

This year, we want to work with the toy industry to extend the reach of our FFS program so can benefit thousands more workers and their and children whilst strengthening resilience and building capability at toy factories.

Considering supporting our Family Friendly Spaces program in 2019?

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Ethical Toy Program and Freedom Seal announce their partnership at Davos to support the eradication of slavery

2019-01-23

The ICTI Ethical Toy Program and Freedom Seal today announced an MoU at the World Economic Forum in Davos, making a commitment to work together to support the eradication of slavery in global supply chains.

Ethical Toy Program and Freedom Seal announce their partnership at Davos to support the eradication of slavery

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New Factory Catalogue and Business Matching Service for Hong Kong Toy and Games Fair 2019

2018-12-18

We are introducing new services to help buyers who are committed to responsible sourcing to find IETP certified suppliers at the Hong Kong Toy and Games Fair 2019

New Factory Catalogue and Business Matching Service for Hong Kong Toy and Games Fair 2019

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Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2019

2018-11-20

IETP will not conduct audits and PVs between Jan 28th 2019 and Feb 24th 2019 at factories located in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2019

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Reach more buyers at Hong Kong Toy and Games Fair 2019!

2018-11-16

Join our catalogue of IETP Certified Factories and collect your free IETP logo to display at Toy Fair.

Reach more buyers at Hong Kong Toy and Games Fair 2019!

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Reminder for factories in China: update your Worker Helpline cards and Posters

2018-11-08

There is a new number for the IETP Worker Helpline in operation, factories in Mainland China need to make sure they are using the latest helpine cards and posters by the end of February 2019

Reminder for factories in China: update your Worker Helpline cards and Posters

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New Audit Checklist and Updated Certification Methodology live from 1st November 2018

2018-11-01

The ICTI Ethical Toy Program’s new audit checklist and updated certification methodology, developed in response to industry consultation and feedback, are launching this week.

New Audit Checklist and Updated Certification Methodology live from 1st November 2018

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Introducing Progress Visits

2018-10-24

The introduction of Progress Visits is an exciting step forward in the levels of guidance, training and support we offer to factories. Different from a traditional audit approach, Progress Visits are announced factory visits to review and discuss progress in maintaining IETP social compliance standards. 

Introducing Progress Visits

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New Audit Checklist and Certification – Consultation Response

2018-10-18

An overview of changes to the ICTI Ethical Toy Program made in response to consultation feedback and industry engagement is now available along with an advance copy of the new Audit Checklist.

New Audit Checklist and Certification – Consultation Response

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The LEGO Group joins the Ethical Toy Program

2018-09-28

The LEGO Group has become the latest leading toy company to join the Ethical Toy Program as a Buyer Member. LEGO will use our Connect platform to monitor and manage their suppliers in our program, as well as gaining access to insights and membership support from our expert team.

The LEGO Group joins the Ethical Toy Program

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Left-Behind Children program profiled in the Financial Times

2018-09-24

Ethical Toy Pogram Left-Behind Children program profiled in the Financial Times

Left-Behind Children program profiled in the Financial Times

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IETP audit partners on track to achieve APSCA registration

2018-09-06

From 1st November, the IETP audit report will include the unique APSCA registration number of each auditor, this will clearly confirm that this auditor has met the requirements and expected competence from both IETP and APSCA.

IETP audit partners on track to achieve APSCA registration

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Toy and games designers can meet the Ethical Toy Program at Mojo Pitch at the Play Creators Festival

2018-09-06

Ethical Toy Program will be at inaugural Toy & Game Design Conference to meet and inspire designers to create the next generation of toys, games and electronics which respect and benefit everyone.  

Toy and games designers can meet the Ethical Toy Program at Mojo Pitch at the Play Creators Festival

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Family-Friendly Spaces program expands to cover 18 factories in China

2018-08-06

We are delighted to announce that this summer we are operating more FFS than ever before allowing hundreds more families to be reunited for the summer.

Family-Friendly Spaces program expands to cover 18 factories in China

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Over 750 factory representatives attend program updates training in just two months

2018-08-06

Toy factories are enthusiastic about the new changes to the Ethical Toy Program and eager to learn more, hundreds of factories have joined 10 training sessions since May 2018.

Over 750 factory representatives attend program updates training in just two months

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IETP Worker Voice Pilot is underway after a successful kick-off event in Shenzhen

2018-07-30

The worker voice platform will be used to distribute digital education directly to workers to increase workplace safety, knowledge of workers’ rights, and to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth through gamified learning. 

IETP Worker Voice Pilot is underway after a successful kick-off event in Shenzhen

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10 reasons to join our worker voice pilot

2018-06-15

Our new worker voice program offers fantastic opportunities for IETP certified factories to improve employee engagement, support your workforce and train workers by piloting worker voice technology in your workforce for free.

10 reasons to join our worker voice pilot

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Support our Left-Behind Children Program

2018-06-15

Our left-behind children program helps to create a toy industry where children’s products are made by workers who are supported in their role as parents thereby ensuring that toys are manufactured in a way that is consistent with the values of the industry.

Support our Left-Behind Children Program

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Ethical Toy Program launches worker voice technology with MicroBenefits

2018-04-24

Worker Voice Program leverages mobile technology to enable direct feedback from toy factory workers in China

Ethical Toy Program launches worker voice technology with MicroBenefits

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Mary Beth Goodman joins the ICTI Ethical Toy Program Governing Board

2018-04-20

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Non-Executive Director to the ICTI Ethical Toy Program Governing Board.

Mary Beth Goodman joins the ICTI Ethical Toy Program Governing Board

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Guidance on new ICTI Ethical Toy Program branding for factories

2018-04-09

A Q&A to provide instructions to help use the new ICTI Ethical Toy Program branding in your communications.  

Guidance on new ICTI Ethical Toy Program branding for factories

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The new Ethical Toy Program website is here

2018-02-19

Our new website brings fresh content, features, and resources for our members, with a dynamic new design to reflect our refreshed Ethical Toy Program branding and our core purpose: delivering better lives for workers.

The new Ethical Toy Program website is here

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ICTI Ethical Toy Program Worker Helpline – new number & extended operating hours

2018-01-24

The Ethical Toy Program is introducing enhancements to the Worker Helpline.

ICTI Ethical Toy Program Worker Helpline – new number & extended operating hours

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Factory Announcement: Data collection on Foreign Migrant Workers

2018-01-04

From 5th January 2018, the Ethical Toy Program will add a new form to collect statistics about foreign migrant workers during all upcoming audits.

Factory Announcement: Data collection on Foreign Migrant Workers

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Update on proposed changes to the Ethical Toy Program Audit Checklist and Certification

2017-12-22

In September 2017, the Ethical Toy Program ran a public consultation to gather views on two proposed changes to the Audit Checklist and Certification

Update on proposed changes to the Ethical Toy Program Audit Checklist and Certification

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Introducing the Ethical Toy Program

2017-12-15

New name. New website. New mission. New Strategy. Coming January 2018

Introducing the Ethical Toy Program

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Ethical Toy Program – Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2018

2017-11-16

ETP will not conduct audits between February 1st 2018 and March 4th 2018 at factories located in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Ethical Toy Program – Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2018

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Ethical Toy Program and The Toy Association Launch New Strategic Partnership

2017-10-16

A new collaboration to support the continued development of the Ethical Toy Program.

Ethical Toy Program and The Toy Association Launch New Strategic Partnership

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Consultation on proposed updates to the Ethical Toy Program

2017-09-21

The ICTI Ethical Toy Program, formerly ICTI CARE, is excited to announce two proposed updates to the Ethical Toy Program.

Consultation on proposed updates to the Ethical Toy Program

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New Ethical Toy Program WeChat Account Strengthens Factory Communications in China

2017-08-07

We're now on WeChat

New Ethical Toy Program WeChat Account Strengthens Factory Communications in China

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Walmart reaffirms commitment to Ethical Toy Program

2017-07-19

Walmart has reaffirmed Ethical Toy Program as one of its approved 3rd party programs for monitoring social compliance. 

Walmart reaffirms commitment to Ethical Toy Program

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Ethical Toy Program announces new panel of approved third-party audit companies

2017-07-05

We have selected four approved audit firms for the 2017-2019 IETP approved audit panel

Ethical Toy Program announces new panel of approved third-party audit companies

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Ethical Toy Program leads the way on audit integrity monitoring

2017-07-04

Our new online auditor assessment tool enables factories to share feedback on auditors’ performance and integrity issues

Ethical Toy Program leads the way on audit integrity monitoring

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Ethical Toy Program Conducts 6th Annual Toy Factory Survey

2017-04-24

This years’ results indicate enhanced auditor professionalism and integrity, reduced audit duplication, comparatively lower working hours, and a diversifying factory base.

Ethical Toy Program Conducts 6th Annual Toy Factory Survey

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A look at challenges faced by parent workers in Vietnam

2017-04-06

Assessment of child rights challenges in the supply chain in Vietnam

A look at challenges faced by parent workers in Vietnam

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Tianjin offers subsidies to encourage factories to join certification programs

2017-03-28

Factories which are newly certified by ICTI Ethical Toy Program this year are eligible for the subsidies, and can apply for funding by submitting the required documentation.

Tianjin offers subsidies to encourage factories to join certification programs

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ICTI Ethical Toy Program launches new online Auditor Assessment Function on Connect Platform

2017-03-22

This new, online feedback tool enables toy factories to evaluate, and feedback on, the performance of on-site auditors.

ICTI Ethical Toy Program launches new online Auditor Assessment Function on Connect Platform

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Free Rural-Urban Integration illustrated booklet to support migrant factory workers

2016-03-15

The booklet is full of useful tips and information on how to adapt to city life and workplace culture.

Free Rural-Urban Integration illustrated booklet to support migrant factory workers

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New benchmarking study to develop the ICTI Ethical Toy Program

2016-01-28

We have started work on a major benchmarking study which will compare and contrast our program against other successful responsible sourcing codes and standards.

New benchmarking study to develop the ICTI Ethical Toy Program

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ICTI Ethical Toy Program 18 Month ‘Class A Seal’ comes to an end

2015-12-14

18 Month Class A Seal has been discontinued as from 1st of April 2016. 

ICTI Ethical Toy Program 18 Month ‘Class A Seal’ comes to an end

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Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2021

2020-10-30

IETP will not conduct audits and PVs between Feb 1st and Feb 28th 2020 at factories located in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2021

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IETP launches new Remediation Program – leveraging expertise to provide bespoke solutions for factories to achieve supply chain excellence

2020-08-28

The 9 and 12-month Remediation Program offers targeted capability building solutions to suppliers who are currently in the 12-month Probation Program

IETP launches new Remediation Program – leveraging expertise to provide bespoke solutions for factories to achieve supply chain excellence

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IETP launches new E-learning module to raise suppliers’ awareness of Modern Slavery

2020-07-31

Building on the success of the new e-learning platform, IETP is launching the second module designed to raise factory members’ awareness of Modern Slavery and Involuntary Work

IETP launches new E-learning module to raise suppliers’ awareness of Modern Slavery

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10 Factories Opening Family-Friendly Spaces this Summer to Support Parent Workers

2020-07-08

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, 10 Chinese factories in the IETP Program are implementing the Family-friendly Spaces (FFS) program this summer

10 Factories Opening Family-Friendly Spaces this Summer to Support Parent Workers

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Supporting workers for 10 years – New Impact Report from the IETP Worker Helpline

2020-06-26

IETP Worker Helpline has been made available to over 792,110 workers and provided counseling and advice to 17,776 workers

Supporting workers for 10 years – New Impact Report from the IETP Worker Helpline

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IETP launches first-of-its-kind E-learning platform for suppliers to build capability and raise standards

2020-06-12

IETP aims to build factory knowledge and capability on responsible sourcing, supporting factories to make improvements, and helping them to get the most from the Ethical Toy Program

IETP launches first-of-its-kind E-learning platform for suppliers to build capability and raise standards

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IETP Annual Review 2018 & 2019 now available

2020-06-09

Find out what we have been up to over the past two years as we celebrate significant growth and development at IETP

IETP Annual Review 2018 & 2019 now available

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Supporting Migrant Workers through COVID-19

2020-04-28

Migrant parent workers are particularly impacted by COVID-19. IETP is offering various programs to support migrant parent workers and their left-behind children through the crisis and recovery phases. 

Supporting Migrant Workers through COVID-19

news

Purchasing Practices Guidance for COVID-19

2020-04-17

Purchasing and procurement best practices to help you manage risks, protect workers and secure mutually beneficial business partnerships with your manufacturers during these difficult times

Purchasing Practices Guidance for COVID-19

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IETP Checklist Version 2.2 Effective on 13 April 2020

2020-04-13

The latest checklist removed content relevant to the grace period since it has ended and provides clearer instructions in the guidance text

IETP Checklist Version 2.2 Effective on 13 April 2020

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Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

2020-04-02

Regular updates from ICTI Ethical Toy Program on the actions we are taking to respond to COVID-19 #toyindustry

Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Responsible Recruitment Guidance to help factories navigate worker shortages caused by COVID-19

2020-03-09

IETP’s practical Recruitment Practices Briefing helps factories avoid recruitment pitfalls as they respond to potential labour shortages related to COVID-19

Responsible Recruitment Guidance to help factories navigate worker shortages caused by COVID-19

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Latest Update on Audit Arrangements for Mainland China

2020-02-04

In response to the government's call to strengthen the prevention and control of the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, ICTI Ethical Toy Program (IETP) understands that accredited audit firms and factories may need to implement special work arrangements and some businesses may resume operation later than planned, therefore, it may affect the progress of their certification.

Latest Update on Audit Arrangements for Mainland China

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Update on Coronavirus and potential impacts on the toy industry

2020-01-30

As China continues with its efforts to control the spread of the current coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak originating in Wuhan, the government has officially extended the Chinese New Year holiday.

Update on Coronavirus and potential impacts on the toy industry

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Reminder: Grace Period for 2018 Audit Checklist Has Ended

2020-01-01

The grace period ran for over a year and ended on 31 December 2019. All checkpoints are in the IETP Audit Checklist are now effective from 1 January 2020

Reminder: Grace Period for 2018 Audit Checklist Has Ended

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Find certified suppliers at the 2020 Toy Fairs

2019-12-19

We are introducing new services to help buyers who are committed to responsible sourcing to find IETP certified suppliers at the Hong Kong Toy and Games Fair 2020 and Spielwarenmesse 2020

Find certified suppliers at the 2020 Toy Fairs

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Reporting back: Family Friendly Spaces Sharing Conference

2019-12-18

Powerful testimonials from Family-Friendly Program sponsors and participants

Reporting back: Family Friendly Spaces Sharing Conference

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Would you like your factory to be included in a free promotional campaign at international toy fairs?

2019-12-13

Would you like your factory to be included in a free promotional campaign at international toy fairs?

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Building Factory Capability: Lean Manufacturing

2019-12-09

IETP organized free training on lean manufacturing for factories in the program

Building Factory Capability: Lean Manufacturing

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CCR CSR and ICTI Ethical Toy Program Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

2019-11-28

As delegates from around the world gathered at the General Assembly on November 20th to mark the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), we too at the Center for Child Rights & Corporate Social Responsibility (CCR CSR) and ICTI Ethical Toy Program (IETP) reflected on the positive impact that our four year partnership has had on the lives of children. 

CCR CSR and ICTI Ethical Toy Program Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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ICTI Ethical Toy Program – statement in response to China Labor Watch (Fair Toys Coalition) Report

2019-11-20

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ICTI Ethical Toy Program – statement in response to China Labor Watch (Fair Toys Coalition) Report

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ICTI Ethical Toy Program – statement in response to China Labor Watch (Fair Toys Coalition) Report

2019-11-20

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ICTI Ethical Toy Program – statement in response to China Labor Watch (Fair Toys Coalition) Report

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Businesses Executives' tips to expand international business opportunities

2019-11-08

Over 60 guests gathered in Shanghai for a multi-stakeholder dialogue

Businesses Executives' tips to expand international business opportunities

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Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2020

2019-11-05

IETP will not conduct audits and PVs between Jan 13th 2020 and Feb 16th 2020 at factories located in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2020

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Family-Friendly Spaces Sharing Conference 2019

2019-10-22

The sharing conference on 22 Oct 2019 will gather together participating factories and supporting brands from this year’s FFS program to reflect on impacts and achievements.

Family-Friendly Spaces Sharing Conference 2019

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Exploring Global Business Opportunities at the 18th China International Toy Fair

2019-10-17

Join us for our IETP Seminar at China Toy Expo. We are honored to welcome the President of China Toy & Juvenile Products Association, Ms. May Liang, for opening remarks. Followed by the CEO and President of IETP, Ms. Carmel Giblin, to share how IETP can help you overcome business challenges. We’ll also invite brands, retailers and factory representatives to share their experience with the Ethical Toy Program

Exploring Global Business Opportunities at the 18th China International Toy Fair

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Senior Vice President speaks on panel at CSR Asia in Bangkok

2019-10-02

On 18th – 19th September, Mark Robertson, Senior Vice President at ICTI Ethical Toy Program, attended and spoke on a panel at CSR Asia Summit 2019, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand. The focus of on the two-day event was on strategy for results, supply chain innovation, and effectiveness.

Senior Vice President speaks on panel at CSR Asia in Bangkok

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Ethical Toy Program at UNICEF & UN Global Compact Summits on Family-Friendly Policies

2019-09-12

In July, Ethical Toy Program was invited to present at a high-level UNICEF and UN Global Compact Summit in New York focussed on family-friendly policies in business operations and supply chains.

Ethical Toy Program at UNICEF & UN Global Compact Summits on Family-Friendly Policies

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Family-Friendly Spaces activities updates

2019-08-02

Find out what's going on at our Family-Friendly Spaces this summer

Family-Friendly Spaces activities updates

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This year we are bringing Family-Friendly Spaces to more factories than ever before

2019-07-08

We are opening 31 spaces which will welcome over 1,200 children for the summer. This will mean over 1,500 parent workers will get to spend time with their children during the summer months.

This year we are bringing Family-Friendly Spaces to more factories than ever before

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Download our Peak Season Recruitment Practices Briefing

2019-07-05

Guidance on avoiding peak season hiring pitfalls

Download our Peak Season Recruitment Practices Briefing

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Updated Audit Checklist Version 2.1 effective from 1st September 2019

2019-07-03

Please familiarize yourself with these changes before Audit Checklist V2.1 replaces V2.0 on 1st September 2019

Updated Audit Checklist Version 2.1 effective from 1st September 2019

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Exploring manufacturing opportunities in Vietnam

2019-07-01

In June, Ethical Toy Program and the Shenzhen Toy Industry Association (SZTIA) co-hosted a seminar ‘Introduction to Compliance Regulations in Vietnam’.  

Exploring manufacturing opportunities in Vietnam

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Supporting you across multiple product categories and geographies

2019-06-21

We are committed to further extending IETP Certification to cover new product categories and to reach more factories within China and beyond.

Supporting you across multiple product categories and geographies

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Implementing Employer Pays Principle – Ethical Toy Program Best Practice Case Study from Taipei

2019-06-17

The Employer Pays Principle (EPP) requires that no worker should pay for a job - the costs of recruitment should be borne not by the worker but by the employer. We work to ensure that toy factories adopt responsible recruitment practices which support the EPP, and our audit checklist requirements have long since prohibited the charging of recruitment fees to factory workers.  

Implementing Employer Pays Principle – Ethical Toy Program Best Practice Case Study from Taipei

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Expanding Ethical Toy Program membership at DISTOY 2019

2019-06-14

In May, the annual toy distributors show DISTOY took place in London, the Ethical Toy Program team spent the week meeting with toy brand and licensor exhibitors to highlight the benefits of ethical manufacturing

Expanding Ethical Toy Program membership at DISTOY 2019

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Ethical Toy Program and Save the Children announce partnership and webinar series to advance Child Rights

2019-04-11

Ethical Toy Program and Save the Children today announce a new strategic partnership to strengthen and support child rights and promote the well-being of children.

Ethical Toy Program and Save the Children announce partnership and webinar series to advance Child Rights

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Chinese Government strengthens requirements on gender discrimination in employment

2019-04-08

On 21st February 2019, a joint notice was issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the Ministry of Education and other ministries and groups in China to ban gender discrimination in the workplace.  

Chinese Government strengthens requirements on gender discrimination in employment

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Audit reports now updated with APSCA registration information

2019-04-04

All Ethical Toy Program audit reports now include the unique APSCA registration number of the auditor and audit firm who have conducted the audit.

Audit reports now updated with APSCA registration information

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Ethical Toy Program and Ethical Corporation build on global partnership

2019-04-02

Building on four successful years of collaboration and partnership, Ethical Toy Program and Ethical Corporation are extending their partnership to further share ideas and promote solutions to responsible sourcing challenges in the toy industry and beyond.

Ethical Toy Program and Ethical Corporation build on global partnership

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Ethical Toy Program announces new board members, thanks outgoing directors

2019-03-06

Following the January 2019 Governing Board meeting, the ICTI Ethical Toy Program announces the appointment of three new members to its Governing Board.

Ethical Toy Program announces new board members, thanks outgoing directors

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Ethical Toy Program publishes new Worker Helpline Briefing

2019-02-27

Download now to learn about the service and the benefits the Worker Helpline delivers to workers, factories, brands and retailers.

Ethical Toy Program publishes new Worker Helpline Briefing

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Are your Helpline Cards and Posters up to date?

2019-02-11

From March 1 2019 it will be an audit violation if workers are not in possession of the latest Helpline Cards or the latest Helpline Poster is not displayed in the factory

Are your Helpline Cards and Posters up to date?

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Opportunities for toy manufacturing in Southeast Asia

2019-02-08

Southeast Asia is a region of opportunity for toy manufacturing, countries such as Indonesia and Vietnam typically have a high volume of workers with the necessary skills to support toy manufacturing.

Opportunities for toy manufacturing in Southeast Asia

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Considering supporting our Family Friendly Spaces program in 2019?

2019-02-05

This year, we want to work with the toy industry to extend the reach of our FFS program so can benefit thousands more workers and their and children whilst strengthening resilience and building capability at toy factories.

Considering supporting our Family Friendly Spaces program in 2019?

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Ethical Toy Program and Freedom Seal announce their partnership at Davos to support the eradication of slavery

2019-01-23

The ICTI Ethical Toy Program and Freedom Seal today announced an MoU at the World Economic Forum in Davos, making a commitment to work together to support the eradication of slavery in global supply chains.

Ethical Toy Program and Freedom Seal announce their partnership at Davos to support the eradication of slavery

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New Factory Catalogue and Business Matching Service for Hong Kong Toy and Games Fair 2019

2018-12-18

We are introducing new services to help buyers who are committed to responsible sourcing to find IETP certified suppliers at the Hong Kong Toy and Games Fair 2019

New Factory Catalogue and Business Matching Service for Hong Kong Toy and Games Fair 2019

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Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2019

2018-11-20

IETP will not conduct audits and PVs between Jan 28th 2019 and Feb 24th 2019 at factories located in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2019

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Reach more buyers at Hong Kong Toy and Games Fair 2019!

2018-11-16

Join our catalogue of IETP Certified Factories and collect your free IETP logo to display at Toy Fair.

Reach more buyers at Hong Kong Toy and Games Fair 2019!

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Reminder for factories in China: update your Worker Helpline cards and Posters

2018-11-08

There is a new number for the IETP Worker Helpline in operation, factories in Mainland China need to make sure they are using the latest helpine cards and posters by the end of February 2019

Reminder for factories in China: update your Worker Helpline cards and Posters

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New Audit Checklist and Updated Certification Methodology live from 1st November 2018

2018-11-01

The ICTI Ethical Toy Program’s new audit checklist and updated certification methodology, developed in response to industry consultation and feedback, are launching this week.

New Audit Checklist and Updated Certification Methodology live from 1st November 2018

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Introducing Progress Visits

2018-10-24

The introduction of Progress Visits is an exciting step forward in the levels of guidance, training and support we offer to factories. Different from a traditional audit approach, Progress Visits are announced factory visits to review and discuss progress in maintaining IETP social compliance standards. 

Introducing Progress Visits

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New Audit Checklist and Certification – Consultation Response

2018-10-18

An overview of changes to the ICTI Ethical Toy Program made in response to consultation feedback and industry engagement is now available along with an advance copy of the new Audit Checklist.

New Audit Checklist and Certification – Consultation Response

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The LEGO Group joins the Ethical Toy Program

2018-09-28

The LEGO Group has become the latest leading toy company to join the Ethical Toy Program as a Buyer Member. LEGO will use our Connect platform to monitor and manage their suppliers in our program, as well as gaining access to insights and membership support from our expert team.

The LEGO Group joins the Ethical Toy Program

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Left-Behind Children program profiled in the Financial Times

2018-09-24

Ethical Toy Pogram Left-Behind Children program profiled in the Financial Times

Left-Behind Children program profiled in the Financial Times

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IETP audit partners on track to achieve APSCA registration

2018-09-06

From 1st November, the IETP audit report will include the unique APSCA registration number of each auditor, this will clearly confirm that this auditor has met the requirements and expected competence from both IETP and APSCA.

IETP audit partners on track to achieve APSCA registration

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Toy and games designers can meet the Ethical Toy Program at Mojo Pitch at the Play Creators Festival

2018-09-06

Ethical Toy Program will be at inaugural Toy & Game Design Conference to meet and inspire designers to create the next generation of toys, games and electronics which respect and benefit everyone.  

Toy and games designers can meet the Ethical Toy Program at Mojo Pitch at the Play Creators Festival

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Family-Friendly Spaces program expands to cover 18 factories in China

2018-08-06

We are delighted to announce that this summer we are operating more FFS than ever before allowing hundreds more families to be reunited for the summer.

Family-Friendly Spaces program expands to cover 18 factories in China

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Over 750 factory representatives attend program updates training in just two months

2018-08-06

Toy factories are enthusiastic about the new changes to the Ethical Toy Program and eager to learn more, hundreds of factories have joined 10 training sessions since May 2018.

Over 750 factory representatives attend program updates training in just two months

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IETP Worker Voice Pilot is underway after a successful kick-off event in Shenzhen

2018-07-30

The worker voice platform will be used to distribute digital education directly to workers to increase workplace safety, knowledge of workers’ rights, and to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth through gamified learning. 

IETP Worker Voice Pilot is underway after a successful kick-off event in Shenzhen

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10 reasons to join our worker voice pilot

2018-06-15

Our new worker voice program offers fantastic opportunities for IETP certified factories to improve employee engagement, support your workforce and train workers by piloting worker voice technology in your workforce for free.

10 reasons to join our worker voice pilot

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Support our Left-Behind Children Program

2018-06-15

Our left-behind children program helps to create a toy industry where children’s products are made by workers who are supported in their role as parents thereby ensuring that toys are manufactured in a way that is consistent with the values of the industry.

Support our Left-Behind Children Program

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Ethical Toy Program launches worker voice technology with MicroBenefits

2018-04-24

Worker Voice Program leverages mobile technology to enable direct feedback from toy factory workers in China

Ethical Toy Program launches worker voice technology with MicroBenefits

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Mary Beth Goodman joins the ICTI Ethical Toy Program Governing Board

2018-04-20

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Non-Executive Director to the ICTI Ethical Toy Program Governing Board.

Mary Beth Goodman joins the ICTI Ethical Toy Program Governing Board

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Guidance on new ICTI Ethical Toy Program branding for factories

2018-04-09

A Q&A to provide instructions to help use the new ICTI Ethical Toy Program branding in your communications.  

Guidance on new ICTI Ethical Toy Program branding for factories

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The new Ethical Toy Program website is here

2018-02-19

Our new website brings fresh content, features, and resources for our members, with a dynamic new design to reflect our refreshed Ethical Toy Program branding and our core purpose: delivering better lives for workers.

The new Ethical Toy Program website is here

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ICTI Ethical Toy Program Worker Helpline – new number & extended operating hours

2018-01-24

The Ethical Toy Program is introducing enhancements to the Worker Helpline.

ICTI Ethical Toy Program Worker Helpline – new number & extended operating hours

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Factory Announcement: Data collection on Foreign Migrant Workers

2018-01-04

From 5th January 2018, the Ethical Toy Program will add a new form to collect statistics about foreign migrant workers during all upcoming audits.

Factory Announcement: Data collection on Foreign Migrant Workers

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Update on proposed changes to the Ethical Toy Program Audit Checklist and Certification

2017-12-22

In September 2017, the Ethical Toy Program ran a public consultation to gather views on two proposed changes to the Audit Checklist and Certification

Update on proposed changes to the Ethical Toy Program Audit Checklist and Certification

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Introducing the Ethical Toy Program

2017-12-15

New name. New website. New mission. New Strategy. Coming January 2018

Introducing the Ethical Toy Program

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Ethical Toy Program – Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2018

2017-11-16

ETP will not conduct audits between February 1st 2018 and March 4th 2018 at factories located in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Ethical Toy Program – Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2018

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Ethical Toy Program and The Toy Association Launch New Strategic Partnership

2017-10-16

A new collaboration to support the continued development of the Ethical Toy Program.

Ethical Toy Program and The Toy Association Launch New Strategic Partnership

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Consultation on proposed updates to the Ethical Toy Program

2017-09-21

The ICTI Ethical Toy Program, formerly ICTI CARE, is excited to announce two proposed updates to the Ethical Toy Program.

Consultation on proposed updates to the Ethical Toy Program

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New Ethical Toy Program WeChat Account Strengthens Factory Communications in China

2017-08-07

We're now on WeChat

New Ethical Toy Program WeChat Account Strengthens Factory Communications in China

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Walmart reaffirms commitment to Ethical Toy Program

2017-07-19

Walmart has reaffirmed Ethical Toy Program as one of its approved 3rd party programs for monitoring social compliance. 

Walmart reaffirms commitment to Ethical Toy Program

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Ethical Toy Program announces new panel of approved third-party audit companies

2017-07-05

We have selected four approved audit firms for the 2017-2019 IETP approved audit panel

Ethical Toy Program announces new panel of approved third-party audit companies

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Ethical Toy Program leads the way on audit integrity monitoring

2017-07-04

Our new online auditor assessment tool enables factories to share feedback on auditors’ performance and integrity issues

Ethical Toy Program leads the way on audit integrity monitoring

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Ethical Toy Program Conducts 6th Annual Toy Factory Survey

2017-04-24

This years’ results indicate enhanced auditor professionalism and integrity, reduced audit duplication, comparatively lower working hours, and a diversifying factory base.

Ethical Toy Program Conducts 6th Annual Toy Factory Survey

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A look at challenges faced by parent workers in Vietnam

2017-04-06

Assessment of child rights challenges in the supply chain in Vietnam

A look at challenges faced by parent workers in Vietnam

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Tianjin offers subsidies to encourage factories to join certification programs

2017-03-28

Factories which are newly certified by ICTI Ethical Toy Program this year are eligible for the subsidies, and can apply for funding by submitting the required documentation.

Tianjin offers subsidies to encourage factories to join certification programs

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ICTI Ethical Toy Program launches new online Auditor Assessment Function on Connect Platform

2017-03-22

This new, online feedback tool enables toy factories to evaluate, and feedback on, the performance of on-site auditors.

ICTI Ethical Toy Program launches new online Auditor Assessment Function on Connect Platform

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Free Rural-Urban Integration illustrated booklet to support migrant factory workers

2016-03-15

The booklet is full of useful tips and information on how to adapt to city life and workplace culture.

Free Rural-Urban Integration illustrated booklet to support migrant factory workers

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New benchmarking study to develop the ICTI Ethical Toy Program

2016-01-28

We have started work on a major benchmarking study which will compare and contrast our program against other successful responsible sourcing codes and standards.

New benchmarking study to develop the ICTI Ethical Toy Program

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ICTI Ethical Toy Program 18 Month ‘Class A Seal’ comes to an end

2015-12-14

18 Month Class A Seal has been discontinued as from 1st of April 2016. 

ICTI Ethical Toy Program 18 Month ‘Class A Seal’ comes to an end

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