China: Report alleges violations of workers' rights at toy factories

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Company response
21 June 2005

Response sent to Business & Human Rights Resource Centre following on from the English release of the “Easy to Manage” report by SwedWatch and Fair Trade Center

Author: Åke Natt och Dag, Environmental Manager, Coop Norden

...Since our reply and the original publication of the report in October [2004] we have taken some additional steps.... [including conducting] third-party audits in all the factories criticized in the report, and as a result made a number of improvements...

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Company response
15 June 2005

[Updated company response from TOP-TOY on labour conditions in toy factories in China following release of English version of SwedWatch and Fair Trade Center report "Easy to Manage"

Author: Lars Goerup, TOP-TOY

We are pleased to update you on the situation after the research made more than 1 year ago...We are continuing to encourage and help the suppliers of TOP-TOY branded products on improving the ethical and working conditions for the workers.

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Company response
13 June 2005

Statement from BRIO [in response to SwedWatch and Fair Trade Center report "Easy to Manage" on labour conditions in China

Author: BRIO

...BRIO has a longstanding commitment to produce and market products that are manufactured under lawful, safe, healthy and respectful conditions. BRIO expects all its product suppliers to adhere to the same principles...beginning 1st January 2006; compliance with the ICTI CARE process will be a requirement for being a product supplier to BRIO.

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Article
2 June 2005

company website: Coop (Sweden) [part of Coop Norden]

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Article
2 June 2005

Toy industry tricked - New report reveals serious violations of workers’ rights in Chinese toy factories

Author: SwedWatch & Fair Trade Center

Eight out of nine Chinese toy suppliers investigated in a new report by Fair Trade Center and SwedWatch are in breach of both national legislation and international conventions on workers’ rights. Seven out of the nine suppliers have systematically been cheating during social audits. The International Council of Toy Industries is now working on a global initiative to tackle these problems, but according to the new report, this initiative is not addressing the underlying causes. [refers to Disney, Wal-Mart, Mattel]

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Article
1 May 2005

[PDF] "'Easy to manage'- A report on Chinese toy workers and the responsibility of the companies"

Author: Kristina Bjurling, SwedWatch

SwedWatch has chosen to focus our research on some of the largest toy selling companies in Sweden, Top Toy (BR-toys and Toys R Us), Brio and Coop [Coop Norden]. Other international companies that are mentioned in the report are Disney, Wal-mart and Mattel...SwedWatch has asked the companies to comment on the information found by HKCIC and SwedWatch. The comment from Top Toy is included as an annexe to this report. During the autumn of 2004, Fair Trade Center met with all companies concerned. At these meetings Fair Trade Center put forward their demands and recommendations (please see page 10). It is yet too early to make any statements about the actions that the companies will take. It is however clear that all companies concerned look seriously at the accusations and are undertaking studies at the factories of the identified suppliers.

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Article
28 September 2004

[PDF] Appendix: Comment from Top Toy [scroll to p. 69]

Author: TOP-TOY

We are unpleased with some of the findings, and we are working with Fair Trade Center/HKCIC [Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee] to clarify the serious issues. All 6 factories manufacturing TOP-TOY branded products have within the last few years been audited by TOP-TOY, and therefore we have a detailed level of information about the factories. TOP-TOY has agreed under confidentiality to share and compare the findings from TOP-TOY's audit with the interviews made by HKCIC...

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