Toy industry adopts new standards to stop sweatshops
Date: 15 Dec 2002
The international toy industry has agreed to introduce tough new standards to stop sweatshop labour conditions.
The International Council of Toy Industries, which covers 95 percent of the industry, will implement independent ethical auditing to identify sweatshop conditions amongst suppliers in developing countries. The move constitutes the biggest ever industry-wide ethical agreement.
Within two years, more than 80 percent of toy products will have been assessed. From 2003 onwards the scheme will be a condition of membership of the British Toy and Hobby Association.
More than 2,000 factories will be assessed. China, which produces a significant majority of the world's toys, has agreed to join the scheme.
Article source: The Observer
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