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Our General Manager Asia Operations, Johnny Kong reflects on his new role at ICTI CARE | 23rd March 2017 | Johnny Kong, ICTI CARE

My first six weeks at ICTI CARE have been an eye opening experience. Coming from a different manufacturing industry, I find the united nature of the toy industry to be amazing and quite unique from other product sectors I have worked in before. Many ICTI CARE certified factories have been in the industry for decades and the level of pride and dedication the owners and management have to their work and products is clear. Read more


170 Years to achieve gender parity? How supply chain actions can achieve faster progress | 8th March 2017 | Sarah Ng, ICTI CARE

#InternationalWomen'sDay2017 The launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) last year created a road map and facilitated high-level discussion on how to tackle key challenges such as gender equality. However, a 2016 Global Gender Gap Report conducted by the World Economic Forum indicated that without more concrete actions, it could take 170 years from now to close the gender gap. Read more



The Dangers of Subcontracting in the Toy Industry - How to Handle Hidden Risks | 27th February 2017 | Áine McCarthy, ICTI CARE

Subcontracting at the factory level can pose major risks for any company that manages a global toy supply chain. It hinders transparency, which makes it difficult to map and monitor the supply chain. This means there is a higher risk of non-compliances at subcontracted sites, and it is at hidden and subcontracted suppliers where many of the severe supply chain risks exist. Read more



Inspiring the next generation of toy makers | 20th February 2017 | Tom van Haaren, ICTI CARE

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of speaking to the Toy Design class at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Led by Judy Ellis, a 2013 Toy Hall of Fame Inductee, this first-of-its-kind program teaches the next generation of toy makers, designers, and inventors, providing them with the skills they need to create safe, socially responsible toys that entertain, educate, and inspire kids of all ages. Read more



Supply Chain Solutions to China's Left-Behind Children Problem | 20th November 2016 | Mark Robertson & Áine McCarthy, ICTI CARE

Domestic migrant workers make up a substantial percentage of the workforce in China's manufacturing industry. Latest figures estimate that there are 247 million migrant workers in the country. These workers often originate from towns and villages hundreds or thousands of miles away from the factories where they work. The majority of these workers are parents, and due to childcare needs and the Hukou system – a household register that has tied people's access to social services to their hometowns, making it difficult for millions of domestic migrant workers to take their children with them. Many are forced to leave their children behind when they move to cities in search of work. Read more



Six Insights to Advance your Corporate Sustainability Strategy | 17th August 2016 | Sarah Ng, ICTI CARE

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet many passionate CSR professionals during the Responsible Business Summit in Singapore, for which ICTI CARE is a promotional partner and saw our CEO, Carmel Giblin speak on two panels. The theme for the first day was “Business Strategy and Supplier Collaboration” and the second day was “Stakeholder Engagement and Business Strategy”. Read more



World Day Against Child Labour - End Child Labour In Supply Chains | 12th June 2016 | Áine McCarthy, ICTI CARE

There are 168 million children in child labour today, almost 1 in 10 children.(ILO) The issue of child labour is not confined to specific sectors or geographic regions, all supply chains, from manufacturing in Asia to cocoa production Africa, run the risk that child labour may be present. Businesses have a key role to play in the eradication of child labour once and for all and toy brands and retailers can start today with the ICTI CARE Program. Read more



Reflections on His First Few Weeks at ICTI CARE | 13th May 2016 | Tom van Haaren, ICTI CARE

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a crash course introduction to the toy industry. From the boardrooms of New York to the factory floor in Shantou, China, I met with people who are passionate about their industry and the happiness that toys bring to everyday life. I also had the chance to meet with my new colleagues at ICTI CARE. This team has a strong passion for ensuring that our ethical manufacturing certification is promoting better working conditions in the factories that make the world’s toys. Read more




Reflections on India's burgeoning toy manufacturing industry | 26th April 2016 | Mark Robertson, ICTI CARE

Mark Robertson looks at how the growth of toy manufacturing in India presents a unique opportunity to get ethical standards right from the start. Read more




Modern Day Slavery Act Government guidance and disclosure requirements explained | 1st February 2016 | Mark Robertson, ICTI CARE

Enacted in 2015, the UK Modern Slavery Act creates new responsibilities for companies with a global turnover of more than £36 million per year based in the UK, or those that do business there. From May 2016, these companies will be required to report annually on the steps taken to identify and address the risks of forced labor and human trafficking in their workforce, their supply chain and also the workforces of any business partners and contractors. Read more



UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – the world’s ultimate to-do list for the next 15 years | 28th January 2016 | Mark Robertson, ICTI CARE

Formally adopted at the Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) encompass seventeen goals focused on transforming the global economy so it works without violating workers’ rights and harming the environment. Read more



Last month, ICTI CARE participated at the CSR Asia Summit 2015 “Strategic Value Creation” hosted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The summit gathered more than 400 professionals from 28 countries to discuss sustainability issues in the Asia- Pacific region and beyond. Read more