Who we are

About us

The ICTI Ethical Toy Program (formerly ICTI CARE Process) is the responsible supply chain program for toys and children’s products.

Our mission is to build better lives for workers and a stronger industry through the ethical production of toys.

We work each day to raise ethical standards at factories for workers through our certification program, training and capability building courses, and initiatives to enhance worker well-being.

In January 2018, the ICTI CARE Process became the Ethical Toy Program to reflect our role in driving responsibility and strengthening resilience in the toy supply chain.

What we do

The ICTI Ethical Toy Program brings manufacturers, brands, retailers and civil society partners together to monitor, manage and fix social sustainability issues in the toy industry supply chain and to support the well-being of factory workers.

We provide certification, assessment and monitoring tools which enable toy brands, retailers and manufacturers to achieve their responsible sourcing aims and drive standards. 

We lead the industry with far-reaching and specialized audits, a robust ethical certification scheme, capability building and training programs, education, as well as peer-to-peer learning.

In addition to offices in Asia, Europe and North America, we work with a global network of four independent audit firms to implement our certification program, and other industry partners on worker well-being programs.

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Where we work

Toy manufacture is increasingly globalized and the Ethical Toy Program is too. We have offices in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, New Delhi, London and New York.

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.

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