IETP Invites the Buyer Community to Nominate Suppliers for Gender Equality Pilot


[Hong Kong SAR & London]
15th September 2022, The ICTI Ethical Toy Program (IETP), the specialist ethical sourcing program, invites Buyer & Supplier members to nominate factories to participate in a Gender Equality pilot program.

The Gender Equality program, expected to be rolled out to all IETP-certified factories in November 2022, will begin its pilot in October this year.

The program is free for factories that are located in Mainland China to partake in, all we ask is that when factories partake in the pilot, they commit their resources and personnel to the program. The program is supported by Mattel who have provided seed funding to ensure the program remains accessible & free of charge to factories.

If you wish to nominate a factory for the pilot, please contact Carmel Giblin and/or Anita Lo with you factory nominations before September 22nd.

See program timeline details below.

IETP Gender Equalty Program - Promoting Gender Awareness in the Supply Chain

Timeline & Process for the Gender Equality Pilot & program:

  1. Interested Firms email: or with their factory nominations before September 22nd

  2. IETP will select 5-10 pilot factories before the end of September 2022

  3. Action pilot for factory workers & management-level staff throughout October 2022

  4. We will launch the Gender Equality handbook & videos to all IETP-certified factories in November 2022

  5.  IETP will organize on-line workshops for all IETP certified factories (management) to continue to encourage / engage them to take action in Gender Equality areas throughout November 2022 to March 2023

 If you would like to learn more about IETP and our Factory Certification Program, please visit:

About IETP

The ICTI Ethical Toy Program (IETP) is a specialist responsible sourcing program. Originally designed for the needs of the global toy industry, it is now deployed in many sectors with all its programs being category agnostic. With 18 years’ experience, IETP is known for its robust Supplier Certification, remote Social Impact Assessment & Environmental Assessment, wide range of capability-building programs, and scalable worker wellbeing initiatives. We support businesses to measure and achieve their ESG objectives, mitigate labor risks and realize a safe and ethical workplace for workers,


SDG5 - Gender Equality

Additional Information about the UN Global Goal 5 and the targets:

5.1 End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere

5.2 Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation

5.3 Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

5.4 Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate

5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decisionmaking in political, economic and public life

5.6 Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences

5.A Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws

5.B Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women

5.C Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels