The ICTI Ethical Toy Program (IETP) is the specialist responsible sourcing program designed by the Toy, Children, Entertainment & Publishing industry for the industry to reflect the unique manufacturing environment. IETP goes beyond compliance audit to provide confidence and eliminate sustainability risks in the global supply chain.
We believe that the toy business should be a good business. So we are reassuringly serious about toys: attentive to detail, passionate about improvement, committed to high standards.
What we do
IETP fosters industry collaboration, creates impact, increases efficiency, and reduces costs.
With 17 years of experience, IETP is known for its robust social assessment & compliance certification, 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.
We go beyond social audits to certify factories and tailor supports to help those who need to rectify root causes to improve up to required social compliance standards.
Over 1,500 brands, retailers, licensors, as well as 1,000+ manufacturing businesses globally have joined our community of responsible businesses. Creating synergies to advance supply chain sustainability.
Where we work
Toy manufacture is increasingly globalized and the Ethical Toy Program is too. We have offices in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Ho Chi Minh City, New Delhi, London and New York.
In addition to offices in Asia, Europe and North America, we also work with a global network of four independent audit firms to implement and expand our program.
History of the ICTI Ethical Toy Program
The focus on protecting workers employed in toy factories worldwide arose in the 1990s following factory fires in Bangkok and Shenzhen which brought an increased focus on workers' health and safety in toy factories.
In 1993, a coalition of industry representatives and NGOs gathered in Hong Kong to draft a Charter for the safe production of toys to protect the rights of toy factory workers.
Following the production of the Charter, many large toy brands and retailers created their own Codes of Conduct for facilities manufacturing their products. By the mid 1990s, there were around 70 different Codes of Conducts for ethical toy manufacture, making it very difficult for toy factories to comply with the varying standards of all their customers and creating significant amounts of duplicate auditing in factories.
An industry wide ethical manufacturing standard was called for in the toy industry.
The International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) created the Code of Business Practices in 1995. The ICTI Code of Business Practices represents one unified ethical manufacturing standard for the industry. In 2002, a worldwide auditing process was launched to implement and certify against the ICTI Code of Business Practices, with the goal of driving convergence, raising standards, and reducing duplication of social audits in the global toy industry supply chain.
In 2004, the ICTI CARE Foundation was created as a non-profit organization working completely independently of ICTI to oversee the implementation and certification against the ICTI Code of Business Practices.
After over a decade of progress the ICTI CARE Foundation unveiled a new ambitious strategic plan with updated factory assessments and ratings, a new model of engagement for toy brands and retailers, and a refreshed brand to deliver it. The renamed ICTI Ethical Toy Program was launched in January 2018 marking the next generation of the ethical manufacturing program for the toy industry.