ICTI CARE Process
In an interview with Global Toy News, TIA President Carter Keithley discusses the recent clothing factory collapse in Bangladesh, and the ways in which the toy industry’s ICTI Care is helping to keep toy factory workers safe around the world.
TIA was the first national toy association to require all of its member toy companies to participate in the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) CARE Process (ICP) – a single, fair, thorough and consistent program that monitors toy factories’ compliance with ICTI’s Code of Business Practices and promotes fair labor treatment and employee health and safety throughout the supply chain, with a strong focus on China, Hong Kong and Macau, where 80% of the world’s toys are made.
Established in 2003 by ICTI – a confederation of 20 global toy industry associations, including TIA – ICP is part of a multi-stakeholder effort to strengthen brands’, retailers’ and licensors’ commitment to source primarily from ICP-certified factories.
Among the significant accomplishments made by ICP in the past few years was the implementation of worker information cards – CARE Cards – which are now widely available to factory workers and list their labor rights as well as a worker “helpline” phone number. More recent ICP endeavors have focused on an expansion of the education and training programs for factory management, factory workers and auditors.
TIA is committed to ensuring that its members promote good conditions for workers in toy factories in the following ways:
- TIA new membership applications require that within 12 months of joining the Association, applicants source only from factories in the ICTI CARE Process;
- Companies renewing their annual membership are required to declare that their company supports the Process; and
- TIA has pledged to notify the ICTI CARE Secretariat when a company drops its membership so that the Secretariat may offer the company the opportunity to be listed as an ICTI CARE conforming company.
In a continuing effort to educate toy brands, licensors and retailers about its programs to assure a healthy, safe and fair workplace environment for toy and juvenile products factory employees, the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) Caring, Awareness, Responsible, Ethical (CARE) Process (ICP) will be conducting two FREE webinars for TIA members and non-member toy companies.See details about the webinars here.
For more information about the ICTI CARE Process, visit www.icti-care.org. Learn more about TIA members’ commitment to ICP.