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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 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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CRB Conference: 5th India & Sustainability Standards 2018

2018-10-15

International Dialogues and Conference, 14-16 November, New Delhi

CRB Conference: 5th India & Sustainability Standards 2018

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IETP Family-Friendly Spaces Sharing Conference

2018-10-11

We invite participating factories to share the challenges and valuable experience of implementing the program in this conference.

IETP Family-Friendly Spaces Sharing Conference

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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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4th Modern Slavery & Human Rights in Supply Chain Conference

2018-09-24

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.

4th Modern Slavery & Human Rights in Supply Chain Conference

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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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CSR Asia Summit 2018

2018-09-18

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.

CSR Asia Summit 2018

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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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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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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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New Anti-Slavery Laws are approaching

2018-06-14

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.  

 

New Anti-Slavery Laws are approaching

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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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Women’s empowerment in the toy supply chain

2018-03-08

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.

Women’s empowerment in the toy supply chain

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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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Ethical Toy Program Launch Reception at New York Toy Fair

2018-02-19

Cheers to the Ethical Toy Program!

Ethical Toy Program Launch Reception at New York Toy Fair

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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 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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The families at the heart of the toy supply chain

2017-09-12

Stories from migrant working parents in China supported by our Left-Behind Children Program

The families at the heart of the toy supply chain

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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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Our General Manager Asia Operations, Johnny Kong reflects on his new role at the ICTI Ethical Toy Program

2017-03-23

My first six weeks at the ICTI Ethical Toy Program have been an eye-opening experience.

Our General Manager Asia Operations, Johnny Kong reflects on his new role at the ICTI Ethical Toy Program

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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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170 Years to achieve gender parity? How supply chain actions can achieve faster progress

2017-03-08

#InternationalWomensDay2017

170 Years to achieve gender parity? How supply chain actions can achieve faster progress

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The Dangers of Subcontracting in the Toy Industry: How to Handle Hidden Risks

2017-02-27

Subcontracting at the factory level can pose major risks for any company that manages a global toy supply chain.

The Dangers of Subcontracting in the Toy Industry: How to Handle Hidden Risks

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Inspiring the next generation of responsible toy makers

2017-02-20

Tom van Haaren reflects on his visit to the Toy Design class at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Inspiring the next generation of responsible toy makers

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Supply chain solutions to China’s left-behind children problem

2016-11-20

On United Nations Universal Children’s Day, ICTI Ethical Toy Program reports on how it is supporting workers with left-behind children.

Supply chain solutions to China’s left-behind children problem

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Six Insights to Advance your Corporate Sustainability Strategy

2016-08-17

ICTI Ethical Toy Program speaks at Responsible Business Summit Asia 2016.

Six Insights to Advance your Corporate Sustainability Strategy

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World Day Against Child Labour 2016

2016-06-12

Toy brands and retailers use ICTI Ethical Toy Program to address the risk of child labour in their supply chains.

World Day Against Child Labour 2016

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A chance to get ethical standards right

2016-04-27

Mark Robertson reflects on India's burgeoning toy manufacturing industry.

A chance to get ethical standards right

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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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Modern Day Slavery Act: Government guidance and disclosure requirements explained

2016-02-01

Read our Q&A to learn more about the Modern Slavery Act.

Modern Day Slavery Act: Government guidance and disclosure requirements explained

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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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UN Sustainable Development Goals

2016-01-28

The world’s ultimate to-do list for the next 15 years

UN Sustainable Development Goals

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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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Reflections from CSR Asia Summit 2015

2015-11-02

The power of collaboration

Reflections from CSR Asia Summit 2015
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