ICTI CARE Develops Auditor Assessment Tool 4 July 2017 ICTI CARE, the leading responsible sourcing program for the global toy industry, has developed a confidential auditor assessment tool that enables toy factories to evaluate the performance of on-site auditors. The online tool, which is integrated into ICTI CARE’s responsible sourcing platform, is the first of its kind for factories undergoing social compliance audits. (read more)
Global Toy Industry Priority Issues and Projects Discussed at 43rd Annual General ICTI Meeting 23 June 2017 Representatives of national toy trade associations from around the world convened in Sydney, Australia last week for the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) 43rd Annual General Meeting. Hosted by the Australian Toy Association (ATA), the June 11-13 meeting explored issues currently affecting the worldwide toy industry—including the future trends of toys, the value of play, social responsibility, and standards and regulatory issues. (read more)
International Screen-Free Week Encourages Families to "Enjoy Life Beyond the Screen" 1 May 2017 Screen-Free Week kicked off May 1, encouraging schools, libraries, families, and communities around the globe to host events designed to help children turn off screens in order to connect with nature, family, and their own creativity. Organized by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), the celebration runs through May 7. (read more)
Mojo Nation Champions the Global Toy Inventor and Designer Community 18 April 2017 For toy inventors and designers looking to bring their product to market, Mojo Nation is a new resource striving to bring attention to, create opportunities for, and accelerate the careers of the creative toy community. Toy News Tuesday editors sat down with Billy Langsworthy, the organization's co-founder and the former editor of ToyNews in the UK, to discuss the importance of celebrating and supporting the global inventor and designer community. (read more)
Strong Market Surveillance Helps Children Play Safe 16 March 2017 The publication of the 2016 Rapid Alert System Statistics by the European Commission highlights the importance of an effective and well enforced market surveillance system to catch disreputable companies who avoid implementing the rules. (read more)
Global Toy Market Approaching $90 Billion in 2016 16 December 2017 The global toy market is expected to exceed $90 billion in sales in 2016—a record for the toy industry—according to a new report by The NPD Group and the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI). (read more)
ICPHSO International Symposium to Take Place During “Product Safety Week” in EU 17 August 2016 The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) will bring together product safety professionals from across industries and global markets to discuss issues of interest to product safety professionals at its International Symposium in Brussels, Belgium on November 14-15, 2016. (read more)
Information Technology Agreement’s Duty-Free Treatment In Effect For Certain Electronic Toys 13 July 2016 Exporters in various industries from toys to medical supplies have begun experiencing the benefits of lifted tariffs due to the Information Technology Agreement’s expansion, which was enacted on July 1st. More than 200 information technology products now receive duty-free treatment, including certain types of electronic toys. (read more)
TIA President's Letter: Panama Canal’s Expansion No Guarantee For Smooth Sailing 5 July 2016 Toy Industry Association (TIA) President & CEO Steve Pasierb provides his thoughts on the Panama Canal's recent expansion and why it may be too soon for the toy community to expect a positive impact. (read more)
Brexit and Toys: Keep Calm and Carry On For Now 5 July 2016 On June 23rd, the United Kingdom’s citizens voted 52% to 48% to secede from the European Union in a referendum commonly referred to as “Brexit.” Though Britain’s full withdrawal from the U.K. could take more than two years once fully approved, regulations and tariffs applicable to toys sold in the British market may be impacted. (read more)
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What is the
ICTI CARE Process?
The CARE (Caring, Awareness, Responsible,
Ethical) Process is the International Council of Toy Industries' (ICTI) program to promote ethical manufacturing, in the form of fair labor treatment, as well as employee health and safety, in the toy industry supply chain worldwide. Its initial focus is in China, where 80 percent of the world's toy volume is manufactured. Its intent is to provide a single, fair, thorough and consistent program to monitor toy factories' compliance with ICTI's Code of Business Practices (the "Code").