China: Labor watchdog reports "miserable" working conditions at Hasbro supplier factory

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29 December 2011

Hasbro OKs worker conditions at Chinese factory

Author: Kimberley Donoghue, Providence Business News [USA]

Hasbro Inc. investigated a Chinese factory that produced its Transformers toys following a report by the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights that criticized the working conditions there. Hasbro, with the International Council of Toy Industries, said that it deployed a team for an unannounced, nine-hour inspection of the Jet Fair facility which “meets with Hasbro’s rigorous requirements.”...“…the inflammatory allegations made by the NGO in their report were unsubstantiated by our investigation. As a matter of course, Hasbro will continue to monitor conditions at Jet Fair and all of our factories,” it said in a news release…Hasbro’s offices were closed this week and company representatives were not available to give further details.

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22 December 2011

Hasbro Inc. Statement Regarding NGO Allegations on Factory Conditions

Author: Hasbro

Immediately following some unsubstantiated allegations posted by an outside group regarding working conditions at the Jet Fair factory, Hasbro, together with ICTI, deployed a team to investigate...Following an unannounced, nine-hour inspection of the facility this past week, we are satisfied that Jet Fair meets with Hasbro's rigorous requirements. While Hasbro is committed to continual improvement in all facets of corporate social responsibility, including continued ethical product manufacturing at Jet Fair and all factories that produce Hasbro products, the inflammatory allegations made by the NGO in their report were unsubstantiated by our investigation...Hasbro will continue to monitor conditions at Jet Fair and all of our factories...

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19 December 2011

New Report: Hasbro Transformer toys made in miserable sweatshop conditions

Author: Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights

Today, the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights is releasing an explosive 40 page report "Holidays by Hasbro, Transformers from Hell," including scores of photographs and documents smuggled out of the Jet Fair toy factory in China...Workers housed in filthy, over-crowded dorms, infested with rats and bed bugs...Workers allowed less than 9 minutes to assemble each Hasbro Transformer, for which they are paid 17 cents...Factory temperatures soar to 104 degrees F in summer. During peak season, workers toil 12-hour shifts, seven days a week...Workers undergo three body-searches each day, are not permitted to talk or lift their heads to look around...Hasbro is open to the hiring of 14 and 15-year-olds on a "case-by-case basis." Workers in the spray paint department fear they are being exposed to dangerous solvents..."While Hasbro demands all sorts of enforceable laws backed up by sanctions to protect their Transformers and other toys," said Charles Kernaghan, director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, "when it comes to the workers in China, Hasbro is happy to offer them useless voluntary codes of conduct which are designed to fail. Nothing will change until Hasbro and the other toy companies are held legally accountable to comply with internationally recognized workers' rights standards."

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