SACOM report on ICTI CARE Certification of Chinese Toy Factories

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Published on: 15 March 2011

On 3 February 2011...SACOM issued a report, "Shielding Labour Rights Violations in the ICTI Certification System", based on their investigations at three Chinese toy factories: Dongguan Heng Li Tian Tou Chuang Ying Toys Factory Co., Tang Xia Yat Hing Plastic and Metal Manufactory, and Hui Zhou Win Merchant Tour Product Co. The report states that they "found many labour rights violations to be prevalent, including the denial of employment contracts or falsified contracts, underpayment, excessive and forced overtime, absence of social insurance, and poor health and safety measures." The report concludes that the International Council of Toy Industries' (ICTI) CARE Process..."does not uphold minimum labour standards but rather shields labour violations in the certification system." On 8 February, SACOM issued a statement...accusing the ICTI of "allow[ing] violations to take place and become sustainable, and ignor[ing] workers demand for compliance with basic labour law requirements" through its CARE process...In response, the ICTI CARE Foundation issued a statement on its website, "SACOM Report Ignores ICTI CARE Process Achievements and Contains Factual Errors". On 16 Feb SACOM, sent a rejoinder to ICTI CARE. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the three toy factories to respond to SACOM's 3 Feb report, and the ICTI CARE Foundation to respond to SACOM's 16 Feb rejoinder. The responses of the three factories and of ICTI CARE Foundation are below...

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Related companies: Dongguan Heng Li Tian Tou Chuang Ying Toys