The toy company has announced significant enhancements to its Global Manufacturing Principles, a comprehensive set of standards.
The GMP was first established in 1997 for labour practices, workplace health and safety and environment stewardship at the company’s manufacturing plants across the world.
Now called Responsible Supply Chain Standards, this update reaffirms Mattel’s commitment to first class environmental, social and economic practices at all of its locations, and continues in the spirit of leading the industry in promoting human rights, protecting the environment and delivering high-quality products that consumers can trust.
“While Mattel has had its citizenship programs in place for many years, we are excited to relaunch the program as the Responsible Supply Chain Standards and continue to play our part in delivering on the needs of our customers, communities, shareholders and employees. We look forward to sharing the results of our efforts with the world,” said Edena Low, vice president of environment, health and safety, and corporate social responsibility.
In addition to broadening its protection to cover anyone who works for Mattel in any capacity, the Responsible Supply Chain Standards reflect the most recent industry trends, as a minimum meet guidelines and practices, set a new bar for health and safety and for the first time, include an ethical code of conduct. The standards also address working conditions in facilities where Mattel-branded products are produced, and include clearer requirements for Mattel’s suppliers, to ensure they also provide appropriate protection to employees.