New speakers announced for New York Ethical Toy Program seminar

Published on: 6th February 2020

Attendees at the New York Toy Fair can learn from industry leaders and toy sourcing experts at New York Toy Fair.

Visitors to the New York Toy Fair, which runs from 22nd-25th February, are invited to join the Ethical Toy Program for an educational seminar at New York Toy Fair exploring global opportunities to manage risks, protect brand reputation and enhance their toy supply chain.

Leaders in sustainability and responsible toy manufacturing will examine the current trends, and emerging risks and regulations affecting the toy industry, as well as presenting opportunities to diversify toy supply chains beyond China in 2020.

Whether an established player in the market or a promising start-up, this seminar offers all visitors a unique opportunity to learn from global experts on responsible toy sourcing. A spokesperson for the Ethical Toy Program told Toy World: “This event builds upon a successful session in Nuremberg and gives attendees a chance to poll industry leaders from The Toy Association, SEATA, Mattel, Spin Master, The Character Group, USCIB and The Ethical Toy Program. It is also an exciting time to explore opportunities to diversify supply chains globally, as this is currently a hot topic.”

Seminar topics will cover:

  • Responsible manufacturing opportunities outside of China, with a focus on Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia
  • How to conform to emerging legislation impacting the global toy industry, such as Modern Slavery legislation or Germany’s draft Sustainable Value Chain Law
  • Latest updates and responsible sourcing trends all toy companies need to be aware of

Speakers will include Steve Pasierb (president & chief executive at The Toy Association), Tim Sullivan (SVP global quality/compliance at Spin Master), Michael Hyde (MD- Far East operations, The Character Group), Carmel Giblin, (president and CEO at ICTI Ethical Toy Program), Edena Low (VP supply chain governance, risk management, compliance (GRC) and sustainability at Mattel, Southeast Asia Toy Association) and Daniella Goncalves (assistant policy and programme manager, CSR and labour affairs at USCIB-United States Council for International Business.)

The seminar starts with a welcome address from Steve Pasierb, followed by a keynote from Carmel Giblin and an in-depth panel discussion and Q&A.

Register today to secure your place.

The ICTI Ethical Toy Program has also partnered with the BTHA to present an update on emerging issues and opportunities in the global toy supply chain. This free webinar, exclusive for BTHA members, will cover the following:

  • Risks to be aware of in your toy supply chain
  • Emerging legislation on Modern Slavery and Child Labour you need to conform to
  • Opportunities for supply chain diversification, China and beyond
  • Insights from Ethical Toy Program data from 2000+ annual factory visits

BTHA members can register for this webinar here.


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