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10 Aug 2011

Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Labour concerns at Winson Sturdy Products factory [China]

On 8 July 2011 Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) issued a press release...stating that there had been a recent suicide at Sturdy Products, a factory of Winson Plastic Manufactory that manufactures toys for Disney, Mattel and Wal-Mart...The statement asserts that labour abuses at Sturdy Products, "including poor work safety, excessive overtime...denial of social insurance, and repression of freedom of association", which SACOM had previously reported on, are continuing. It criticises the International Council of Toy Industry's (ICTI) CARE program, which has certified the factory as providing decent working conditions..[A]n article from South China Morning Post..."Wal-Mart starts probe on suicide at Shenzhen plant", report[s] that Wal-Mart is investigating the situation and not[es] that the managing director of Winson "could not be reached for comment". Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the buyers, the factory owner, and ICTI-CARE to respond to these allegations. The responses are indicated below: ICTI-CARE responded, Disney and Winson declined to respond; Mattel did not respond. Wal-Mart was invited to send us further comment. If it does we will include it here.

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China: Child labour, forced overtime, health & safety breaches reported at toy factory supplying Disney, Mattel & Wal-Mart - companies respond

Labour concerns at Winson Sturdy Products factory - August 2011