ICTI Ethical Toy Program Certification requires factories to uphold the following standards to support the rights and well-being of factory workers:
Factories are transparent, auditors given full access to premises; able to conduct worker interviews without interference
No attempts to improperly influence the process or the outcome of audits
No discrimination in recruitment, workplace or dismissal
Employees are treated with dignity and respect at all times
Rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining are recognized and respected
Compliance with applicable employment regulation and requirements, labor contracts provided to all workers
Environment and Chemical safety
Compliance with environmental regulations, training to ensure chemicals are handled safely
Modern Day Slavery
No forced, involuntary or prison labor, no recruitment fees, all overtime is voluntary
Workplace conditions are safe, employee health is safeguarded, protective equipment provided and utilized, effective emergency procedures
No child labor, enhanced protections for young workers
Legal, fair, and accurate pay received without delay
Hours are not excessive, adequate rest breaks provided
The Ethical Toy Program Audit Checklist sets out detailed requirements which factories must meet in order to become Certified in our program.
The Audit Checklist forms the backbone of the program, focussing on safe work environments, ensuring that workers are treated fairly with respect and dignity and that factories operate ethically. The Audit Checklist draws on conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and other initiatives to promote fair labor practices.
The Ethical Toy Program Audit Checklist was originally based on the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) Code of Business Practices but has since evolved to incorporate other ethical issues and best practices.
Updating the Audit Checklist in 2018
We are currently developing an enhanced ICTI Ethical Toy Program Audit Checklist. This new, graded version of the Checklist introduces risk criticality grades to each non-compliance area, evolving the Checklist from a pass/fail approach to provide new risk-rated assessments.
The Graded Audit Checklist evolves the Ethical Toy Program, formerly the ICTI CARE Process, from a pass/fail approach to provide new risk-rated assessments. These assessments will help factories and brands understand the severity of issues found during an audit. Read more about the Graded Audit Checklist.
These updates include an enhanced, graded Ethical Toy Program Audit Checklist, the standard against which all factories are certified, and the introduction of a new Rating System for Ethical Toy Program Certification.