ICTI Ethical Toy Program Publishes Impact Report On Latest Family-Friendly Spaces Program in the Ethical Supply Chain

[Hong Kong & London]: Today, the ICTI Ethical Toy Program (IETP) publishes an impact report for its 2022 Family-Friendly Spaces Program, the multi-beneficial social initiative designed to improve the lives of manufacturing workers while producing measurable business benefits for manufacturing businesses and their partners. The report outlines the impacts and achievements created by the program, in its seventh year of operation.

 About the Family-Friendly Spaces (FFS) Program:

  • The program was initially created to support the “left-behind children” in Mainland China, a phenomenon which continues to evolve as domestic migrant parent workers have now begun to relocate their children to the towns they work in, creating different kinds of childcare needs
  • Companies are inspired with tools to improve employee wellbeing and find solutions to ease operational challenges within the supply chain
  • All participating manufacturing businesses (factories) invested to transform areas of their premises into safe, colorful, and fun activity spaces for the children
  • The Family-Friendly Spaces program hosted its first environmental-themed competition this year, inspired by IETP's Environmental Assessment launched earlier in the year. Competition entries and winners can be seen here.

Highlights from the Impact Report:

  • A total of 4,000 children and 4,500 working parents received childcare support from the program in the last 7 years
  • 42 factories have participated in the program since 2016
  • 31% of migrant parent workers have left a job in the past due to childcare issues
  • 97% of workers said they were happier at work because their children were at a Family-Friendly Space

direct benefits to the factory:

  • 91% of workers who participated in the program said they plan to stay in the factory for two years or more
  • 99% of workers said a factory with a Family-Friendly Space was more attractive to them
  • 90% of managers said that Family-Friendly Spaces improved worker retention rates (tackling the labor shortage challenge)

For Manufacturing Business (Factory/Supplier)

Opening a Family-Friendly Space helps to boost retention, productivity and increase worker loyalty – leading to a more stable, committed and efficient workforce. It also sends a clear sign that they are taking ownership of the wellbeing of their employee and the community where they operate.


For Corporate Partner (Brands, Retailers and Others)

Sponsoring the implementation of a Family-Friendly Space in their supplier factories represents an important investment in capability building and worker well-being. It’s an effective way to integrate child rights into their ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) or Social Impact Investing strategy, and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals/SDGs).

About ICTI Ethical Toy Program

The ICTI Ethical Toy Program (IETP) is the specialist responsible sourcing program for the industry, we go beyond compliance audits to provide assurance, eliminate sustainability risks, and offer social impact investment opportunities in the global supply chain. Our cost-effective, efficient, and scalable solutions support businesses to power start or enhance their ESG journey with confidence. For more, please visit www.ethical.toys

Contact: news@ethicaltoyprogram.org