Walmart has also joined ICTI Care’s Committed Brands Plus Programme.
Walmart has accepted ICTI Care audits for many years, and has now accepted ICTI Care onto its new panel of approved third-party social compliance programmes, welcoming and encouraging its global suppliers of toy products to participate in the ICTI Care Programme.
ICTI Care is the ethical supply chain programme for the global toy industry. The ICTI Care programme combines far-reaching and specialised audits, a robust ethical certification scheme, capability building and worker well-being programmes to improve standards in the global toy supply chain.
ICTI Care Certification is available globally and recognised by over a thousand toy brands and retailers – including The Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Crayola, Vivid Imaginations, and Toys R Us. Over 1,100 toy factories are ICTI Care Certified, supporting around 750,000 workers.
Carmel Giblin, president and CEO of ICTI Care, commented: “We are delighted that ICTI Care remains an approved third-party social compliance programme for Walmart. Walmart is the latest company to reaffirm a commitment to the ICTI Care Programme to monitor social compliance and to source toys responsibly. Increased global acceptance of the ICTI Care Programme helps us go further in delivering on our core objectives to improve the livelihoods of workers and reduce the audit burden on toy factories.”
Walmart has also joined Committed Brands Plus, ICTI Care’s responsible toy sourcing membership programme. ICTI Care Committed Brands Plus membership provides tools and support to help toy brands and retailers manage supply chain risks, improve standards at toy factories, and meet stakeholder expectations.
Plus membership includes access to ICPS, ICTI Care’s Responsible Sourcing Platform, which enables brands to connect with the toy factories they source, view and manage audit data, and set real-time social compliance updates and alerts.