Save the date: TIA Webinar on Social Responsibility and the Supply Chain

May 4, 2014 | Social Responsibility is a term that has grown to encompass a host of issues meant to assure that neither quality of life nor human rights are compromised by a business in its efforts to accomplish its goals and objectives.  As efforts to address critically important topics such as child labor, sweatshops, global warming and deforestation steadily rise on the priority lists of NGOs, legislators and regulators around the world, so too do the number of complex and confusing requirements for traceability and transparency within the global supply chain.

During a one-hour webinar from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, June 12th, the Toy Industry Association will shed light on a few of the leading Social Responsibility issues that are affecting toy companies today … and some that may be emerging in the near future.  

The session is open to all toy industry stakeholders, but is especially recommended for those who are responsible for assuring compliance with supply chain traceability and transparency requirements.

The Toy Industry, Social Responsibility, and the Supply Chain will be moderated by TIA’s Senior Vice President of Technical Affairs, Alan Kaufman, and will feature TIA staff and industry experts covering topics such as:
  • Conflict Minerals 
    A federal law requires all publicly-traded companies to annually disclose their use of any conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country.  What are conflict minerals (tantalum, tin, gold or tungsten), how are they used in toys, and what is the impact on toy companies? How should companies respond now that a federal appeals court has overturned part of the SEC regulation on this issue?

  • Environmental Sustainability
    For more than 15 years, TIA and its members having been taking steps to continuously enhance the industry’s commitment to environmental protection. Toy companies are reducing their environmental impact by reducing packaging and increasing the use of recycled and bio-materials and renewable energy sources in production. Discussions will cover the latest regulatory compliance requirements, best practices for resource usage and sustainability, emerging issues regarding product end-of-life and take-back, etc.

  • Fair Labor Practices and Workplace Safety
    TIA was the first national toy association to require that every one of its manufacturer and retailer members adhere to a Code of Business Practices that promotes fair labor practices and the health and safety of factory workers throughout the supply chain. Since its launch, the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) CARE Process, has become the ‘gold standard’ for worker protection initiatives worldwide.  What are the latest updates to ICTI CARE’s requirements and how do they impact the toy supply chain?

  • Slavery and Human Trafficking
    California’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act (2010) requires every retail seller and manufacturer doing business in the state and having annual worldwide gross receipts over $100 million to disclose its efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from its direct supply chain for tangible goods offered for sale.   What do toy companies need to know (and do) to demonstrate compliance with this law?
Webinar registration is free for TIA members and $49 for non-members; participants can sign up in the Education section of the TIA website.  

Questions from members and industry stakeholders may be submitted in advance; to the extent possible, answers to these questions will be discussed during the presentation.  As with other TIA webinars, the session will be recorded and available post-event for those who are unable to participate live.