REMINDER: April 24th ICTI CARE Webinar on Social Compliance

April 2, 2013 | The Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) Knowledge Network will host a free, one-hour webinar on Wednesday, April 24th to update toy companies on recent and upcoming ICTI CARE Process activities aimed at eliminating substandard health, safety and labor practices in toy factories around the world. The session will take place at 2 p.m. (Eastern); registration is now open.

Entitled “Purchasing Practices and their Impact on Toy and Children’s Juvenile Product Factories: Balancing Marketplace Realities and Social Compliance Standards,” the educational session is recommended for staff responsible for social compliance policies (including HR, legal, procurement or sourcing teams, third-party auditors, etc.) at both TIA member and non-member companies.  Christian Ewert, president and chief executive officer of the ICTI CARE Foundation will lead the presentation; Ed Desmond, TIA executive vice president of external affairs will serve as moderator.

Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of how emerging trends in purchasing practices (e.g., retailers placing orders closer to peak seasons; toy companies struggling to meet shorter delivery times) are affecting conditions for factory workers (e.g.: longer shifts or excessive overtime; tiredness affecting health and safety issues; lower profit margins affecting wages; etc.).

Topics will include:

  • A report of recent studies evaluating the effectiveness of the ICTI CARE Process, including the Date Certain program,

  • A panel discussion of the impact brand and retailer purchasing practices are having on factory workplace conditions (speakers TBD),

  • An interactive discussion about emerging purchasing issues and how they impact the ICTI CARE Process.

“The ICTI CARE Process is committed to improving factory workplace conditions and to examining all of the issues that impact them, including purchasing practices,” said Ewert. “This webinar offers important insights into the challenges we face and best practices in the industry for achieving social compliance.”

As with other TIA webinars, the presentation will be recorded and available post-event for those who are unable to participate live. Questions from members and industry stakeholders may be submitted in advance to TIA’s Jackie Retzer; to the extent possible, answers will be folded into the presentation.

Interested participants are encouraged to visit the ICTI CARE Foundation website, which contains background information on the topics that will be discussed in greater depth during the webinar.

The International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) Caring, Awareness, Responsible, Ethical (CARE) Process (ICP) promotes ethical manufacturing in the worldwide children’s products industry supply chain through both fair labor treatment and employee health and safety practices. The intent of the ICP is to provide a single, fair, thorough and consistent program to assure that toy and juvenile products factory workers worldwide are treated fairly and have safe and humane workplace environments.

The North American Toy Industry Association was the first toy association to require all of its members to participate in the ICTI CARE Process.