10 Factories Opening Family-Friendly Spaces this Summer to Support Parent Workers
Despite the challenges of COVID-19, 10 Chinese factories in the IETP Program are implementing the Family-friendly Spaces (FFS) program this summer
Webinar: Introduction to Child Rights and Business in Supply Chains
In this webinar, the Ethical Toy Program, Save the Children and the Centre for Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility (CCR CSR) explore child rights and business.
Supporting workers for 10 years – New Impact Report from the IETP Worker Helpline
IETP Worker Helpline has been made available to over 792,110 workers and provided counseling and advice to 17,776 workers
IETP launches first-of-its-kind E-learning platform for suppliers to build capability and raise standards
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 Annual Review 2018 & 2019 now available
Find out what we have been up to over the past two years as we celebrate significant growth and development at IETP
Webinar: Sourcing in South East Asia - Opportunities & Support
ICTI Ethical Toy Program, in collaboration with the Southeast Asia Toy Association (SEATA), invites you to join our virtual meeting focusing on sourcing from Southeast Asia.
Toy World: Lifting the lockdown – Carmel Giblin on the current status of Chinese toy factories
While China slowly returns to something resembling normality, much of the rest of the world is still under lockdown conditions. IETP President & CEO Carmel Giblin caught up with Toy World to share what effect this is having on Chinese toy manufacturers, and what we are doing to help.
Supporting Migrant Workers through COVID-19
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.
‘Stop the Pandemic’ – Tips for Factories on World Day for Safety and Health at Work
'Stop the Pandemic' – On the World Day for Safety and Health at Work #worldWHSday2020, IETP shares ideas of preventive measures factories can take to curb COVID-19 at the workspaces and communal areas
Purchasing Practices Guidance for COVID-19
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
IETP Checklist Version 2.2 Effective on 13 April 2020
The latest checklist removed content relevant to the grace period since it has ended and provides clearer instructions in the guidance text
Exclusive – IETP’s Carmel Giblin calls for the toy industry to work together | Featured: Toy World Magazine
Worrying reports of cancelled orders and changed payments terms have emerged which are having a serious impact on Chinese toy manufacturers, writes the Ethical Toy Program’s CEO & president
Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Regular updates from ICTI Ethical Toy Program on the actions we are taking to respond to COVID-19 #toyindustry
Responsible Recruitment Guidance to help factories navigate worker shortages caused by COVID-19
IETP’s practical Recruitment Practices Briefing helps factories avoid recruitment pitfalls as they respond to potential labour shortages related to COVID-19
New York Toy Fair Seminar - Responsible Toy Sourcing: Maximising Global Opportunities
Join our upcoming educational seminar Responsible Toy Sourcing Seminar: maximizing global opportunities at Toy Fair 2020 in New York.
Latest Update on Audit Arrangements for Mainland China
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.
Update on Coronavirus and potential impacts on the toy industry
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.
Exclusive benefits for IETP members at Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair
06 January 2019
HK Toy Fair x IETP: Receive up to $230 travel incentive, discounted airfare & more
Reminder: Grace Period for 2018 Audit Checklist Has Ended
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
Find certified suppliers at the 2020 Toy Fairs
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
Reporting back: Family Friendly Spaces Sharing Conference
Powerful testimonials from Family-Friendly Program sponsors and participants
Would you like your factory to be included in a free promotional campaign at international toy fairs?
Worker Well-Being Webinar: Family-Friendly Spaces Impacts, Achievements and Opportunities
Join the Ethical Toy Program and CCR CSR for a complementary webinar sharing highlights and impacts from this summer’s Family-Friendly Spaces program, find out how your company can participate in the program in 2020.
Building Factory Capability: Lean Manufacturing
IETP organized free training on lean manufacturing for factories in the program
CCR CSR and ICTI Ethical Toy Program Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
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.
ICTI Ethical Toy Program – statement in response to China Labor Watch (Fair Toys Coalition) Report
Download the statement
Businesses Executives' tips to expand international business opportunities
Over 60 guests gathered in Shanghai for a multi-stakeholder dialogue
Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2020
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.
Family-Friendly Spaces Sharing Conference 2019
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.
Exploring Global Business Opportunities at the 18th China International Toy Fair
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
Senior Vice President speaks on panel at CSR Asia in Bangkok
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.
Ethical Toy Program at UNICEF & UN Global Compact Summits on Family-Friendly Policies
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.
Empowering Women in Toy Factories:
Insights from Our Pilot in India
Join ICTI Ethical Toy Program at CSR Asia Summit
Enjoy 15% off to attend the largest CSR conference in Asia
Family-Friendly Spaces activities updates
Find out what's going on at our Family-Friendly Spaces this summer
UNICEF and UN Global Compact Summit on “Family-Friendly Policies: A Deep Dive on Business Action”
Ethical Toy Program will be presenting at the UN Global Compact’s summit on family-friendly policies in New York on July 19, 2019.
This year we are bringing Family-Friendly Spaces to more factories than ever before
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.
Download our Peak Season Recruitment Practices Briefing
Guidance on avoiding peak season hiring pitfalls
Updated Audit Checklist Version 2.1 effective from 1st September 2019
Please familiarize yourself with these changes before Audit Checklist V2.1 replaces V2.0 on 1st September 2019
Exploring manufacturing opportunities in Vietnam
In June, Ethical Toy Program and the Shenzhen Toy Industry Association (SZTIA) co-hosted a seminar ‘Introduction to Compliance Regulations in Vietnam’.
Supporting you across multiple product categories and geographies
We are committed to further extending IETP Certification to cover new product categories and to reach more factories within China and beyond.
Shenzhen - Seminar: Introduction to compliance regulations in Vietnam
18 June 2019
Free Seminar: Introduction to compliance regulations in Vietnam
Implementing Employer Pays Principle – Ethical Toy Program Best Practice Case Study from Taipei
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.
Expanding Ethical Toy Program membership at DISTOY 2019
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
Ethical Toy Program and Save the Children announce partnership and webinar series to advance Child Rights
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.
Upcoming Ethical Toy Program Webinar in partnership with Save the Children
In this webinar, we will introduce how the CRBPs are relevant for the toy and entertainment industry including examples of practical actions in China
Chinese Government strengthens requirements on gender discrimination in employment
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.
Audit reports now updated with APSCA registration information
All Ethical Toy Program audit reports now include the unique APSCA registration number of the auditor and audit firm who have conducted the audit.
Ethical Toy Program and Ethical Corporation build on global partnership
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.
Meet the IETP team at the Guangzhou International Toy & Education Fair
Make an appointment to discuss your questions with us at the upcoming Guangzhou International Toy & Education Fair (8-10 April)
Ethical Toy Program announces new board members, thanks outgoing directors
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 publishes new Worker Helpline Briefing
Download now to learn about the service and the benefits the Worker Helpline delivers to workers, factories, brands and retailers.
Ethical toy sourcing gathers pace in 2019
Against a backdrop of new regulation, evolving consumer expectations, and global sustainability initiatives Mark Robertson, SVP at the Ethical Toy Program explains why now is the time to embrace ethical manufacturing.
Are your Helpline Cards and Posters up to date?
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
Opportunities for toy manufacturing in Southeast Asia
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.
Considering supporting our Family Friendly Spaces program in 2019?
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.
Ethical Toy Program and Freedom Seal announce their partnership at Davos to support the eradication of slavery
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.
New Factory Catalogue and Business Matching Service for Hong Kong Toy and Games Fair 2019
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
Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2019
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.
Reach more buyers at Hong Kong Toy and Games Fair 2019!
Join our catalogue of IETP Certified Factories and collect your free IETP logo to display at Toy Fair.
Reminder for factories in China: update your Worker Helpline cards and Posters
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
New Audit Checklist and Updated Certification Methodology live from 1st November 2018
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.
Introducing Progress Visits
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.
New Audit Checklist and Certification – Consultation Response
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.
CRB Conference: 5th India & Sustainability Standards 2018
International Dialogues and Conference, 14-16 November, New Delhi
IETP Family-Friendly Spaces Sharing Conference
We invite participating factories to share the challenges and valuable experience of implementing the program in this conference.
The LEGO Group joins the Ethical Toy Program
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.
4th Modern Slavery & Human Rights in Supply Chain Conference
The Front Group 4th Modern Slavery & Human Rights in Supply Chain Conference equips businesses with actionable insights and a good understanding of how the issues of forced labor and human rights abuse can be eradicated from their supply chain. The two-day Conference guarantees focussed corporate learning at its best through practical case studies, interactive roundtable discussions, and open Q&As.
Left-Behind Children program profiled in the Financial Times
Ethical Toy Pogram Left-Behind Children program profiled in the Financial Times
CSR Asia Summit 2018
CSR Asia Summit 2018 Asia’s largest and most thought-provoking conference on corporate social responsibility and sustainability returns to Hong Kong. This year, the Summit focuses on the theme of Transparency. Integrity. Impact. When registering, ICTI Ethical Toy Program members will receive a 15% discount by using the promo code ICTI15.
IETP audit partners on track to achieve APSCA registration
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.
Toy and games designers can meet the Ethical Toy Program at Mojo Pitch at the Play Creators Festival
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.
Over 750 factory representatives attend program updates training in just two months
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.
Family-Friendly Spaces program expands to cover 18 factories in China
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.
IETP Worker Voice Pilot is underway after a successful kick-off event in Shenzhen
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.
Support our Left-Behind Children Program
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.
10 reasons to join our worker voice pilot
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.
New Anti-Slavery Laws are approaching
Following on from the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (2010) and U.K. Modern Slavery Act (2015), Australia and Hong Kong SAR are looking to enact stronger anti-slavery laws requiring business to combat modern slavery and human trafficking. Proposed new legislation from Australia and Hong Kong SAR takes the UK Modern Slavery Act as a foundation and adds some additional requirements.
Ethical Toy Program launches worker voice technology with MicroBenefits
Worker Voice Program leverages mobile technology to enable direct feedback from toy factory workers in China
Mary Beth Goodman joins the ICTI Ethical Toy Program Governing Board
We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Non-Executive Director to the ICTI Ethical Toy Program Governing Board.
Guidance on new ICTI Ethical Toy Program branding for factories
A Q&A to provide instructions to help use the new ICTI Ethical Toy Program branding in your communications.
Women’s empowerment in the toy supply chain
On International Women’s Day 2018, the Ethical Toy Program shares an update on its work to promote women’s empowerment in the toy supply chain.
Ethical Toy Program Launch Reception at New York Toy Fair
Cheers to the Ethical Toy Program!
The new Ethical Toy Program website is here
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.
ICTI Ethical Toy Program Worker Helpline – new number & extended operating hours
The Ethical Toy Program is introducing enhancements to the Worker Helpline.
Factory Announcement: Data collection on Foreign Migrant Workers
From 5th January 2018, the Ethical Toy Program will add a new form to collect statistics about foreign migrant workers during all upcoming audits.
Update on proposed changes to the Ethical Toy Program Audit Checklist and Certification
In September 2017, the Ethical Toy Program ran a public consultation to gather views on two proposed changes to the Audit Checklist and Certification
Introducing the Ethical Toy Program
New name. New website. New mission. New Strategy. Coming January 2018
Ethical Toy Program – Key Audit Deadlines for Chinese New Year 2018
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 and The Toy Association Launch New Strategic Partnership
A new collaboration to support the continued development of the Ethical Toy Program.
Consultation on proposed updates to the Ethical Toy Program
The ICTI Ethical Toy Program, formerly ICTI CARE, is excited to announce two proposed updates to the Ethical Toy Program.
The families at the heart of the toy supply chain
Stories from migrant working parents in China supported by our Left-Behind Children Program
New Ethical Toy Program WeChat Account Strengthens Factory Communications in China
We're now on WeChat
Walmart reaffirms commitment to Ethical Toy Program
Walmart has reaffirmed Ethical Toy Program as one of its approved 3rd party programs for monitoring social compliance.
Ethical Toy Program announces new panel of approved third-party audit companies
We have selected four approved audit firms for the 2017-2019 IETP approved audit panel
Ethical Toy Program leads the way on audit integrity monitoring
Our new online auditor assessment tool enables factories to share feedback on auditors’ performance and integrity issues
Ethical Toy Program Conducts 6th Annual Toy Factory Survey
This years’ results indicate enhanced auditor professionalism and integrity, reduced audit duplication, comparatively lower working hours, and a diversifying factory base.
A look at challenges faced by parent workers in Vietnam
Assessment of child rights challenges in the supply chain in Vietnam
Tianjin offers subsidies to encourage factories to join certification programs
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.
Our General Manager Asia Operations, Johnny Kong reflects on his new role at the ICTI Ethical Toy Program
My first six weeks at the ICTI Ethical Toy Program have been an eye-opening experience.
ICTI Ethical Toy Program launches new online Auditor Assessment Function on Connect Platform
This new, online feedback tool enables toy factories to evaluate, and feedback on, the performance of on-site auditors.
170 Years to achieve gender parity? How supply chain actions can achieve faster progress
The Dangers of Subcontracting in the Toy Industry: How to Handle Hidden Risks
Subcontracting at the factory level can pose major risks for any company that manages a global toy supply chain.
Inspiring the next generation of responsible toy makers
Tom van Haaren reflects on his visit to the Toy Design class at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Supply chain solutions to China’s left-behind children problem
On United Nations Universal Children’s Day, ICTI Ethical Toy Program reports on how it is supporting workers with left-behind children.
Six Insights to Advance your Corporate Sustainability Strategy
ICTI Ethical Toy Program speaks at Responsible Business Summit Asia 2016.
World Day Against Child Labour 2016
Toy brands and retailers use ICTI Ethical Toy Program to address the risk of child labour in their supply chains.
A chance to get ethical standards right
Mark Robertson reflects on India's burgeoning toy manufacturing industry.
Free Rural-Urban Integration illustrated booklet to support migrant factory workers
The booklet is full of useful tips and information on how to adapt to city life and workplace culture.
Modern Day Slavery Act: Government guidance and disclosure requirements explained
Read our Q&A to learn more about the Modern Slavery Act.
New benchmarking study to develop the ICTI Ethical Toy Program
We have started work on a major benchmarking study which will compare and contrast our program against other successful responsible sourcing codes and standards.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
The world’s ultimate to-do list for the next 15 years
ICTI Ethical Toy Program 18 Month ‘Class A Seal’ comes to an end
18 Month Class A Seal has been discontinued as from 1st of April 2016.
Reflections from CSR Asia Summit 2015
The power of collaboration