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• Hasbro is the second largest U.S. toymaker, manufacturing toys and games.
• Hasbro was removed from the FTSE4Good Index series, which encourages investment in socially responsible companies, as a result of failing to satisfy supply chain labor standards.
• Violations of international labor laws have been exposed by China Labor Watch at Kai Long, a manufacturing plant in Hong Kong, which exports toys for Hasbro. These include no overtime compensation, inadequate and unsanitary working conditions and dorm rooms, and no independent trade unions.
• The National Labor Committee reported that toy workers in China are forced to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for only 17 cents an hour.
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-- Profile Updated 07/07/2010
Hasbro Inc. manufactures and licenses a wide range of toys and games, including favorites such as G.I. Joe, Play-Doh, Scrabble, Monopoly, and Trivial Pursuit. Based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the company employs 5,900 and reported revenues of approximately $3.152 billion in 2006.
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Hasbro was rated top companies for climate counts’ climate index survey. Hasbro has recently selected to use Hara, a system that helps keep track of a company’s environmental and energy efficiencies.
-- Environmental Leader, 06/24/2010
A 2005 report by China Labor Watch called “The Toy Industry in China: Undermining Workers’ Rights and Rule of Law,” highlights the violations of worker rights in toy plants in Dongguan City, Guangdong Province. The report specifically highlights the Kai Long manufacturing plant in Hong Kong, which exports toys for Hasbro, Mattel, McDonald’s, and KFC. Violations of international labor laws and those of China include:
- Routine 14.5 hour weekdays with only one day off a month
- Wages at 59 percent of the local minimum wage standard in Dongguan City
- No overtime compensation
- Workers deprived of 43 percent of their legal wage, earning .0125 to .025 cents per toy they produce
- Inadequate and unsanitary working conditions and dorm rooms
- No insurance for regular workers
- No independent trade unions
Li Qiang, the executive director of China’s Labor Watch commented: “Abusive conditions persist, threatening to undermine any gains made in workers’ standard of living and hindering the development of rule of law in China.”
-- China Labor Watch, 09/01/2005
Hasbro's operations in China made it one of the targets of the National Labor Committee's "Toys of Misery" campaign which demanded that toy companies disclose the names and addresses of the factories used to make toys in China and allow third party independent monitoring of these facilities. The "Toys of Misery" report states that toy workers in China--mostly young women-- are forced to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for 17 cents an hour. Hasbro and other companies have responded to the allegations by stating that they employ Codes of Conduct and strict monitoring systems in their plants in China.
-- National Labor Committee, 12/01/2004
Source URL: www.nlcnet.org/campaigns/he-yi/he-yi.shtml
Health and Safety
The Consumer Product Safety Committee (CPSC) listed Hasbro’s Nerf Big Play Football as one of its 10 Hazardous Recalled Toys for 2004. According to the CPSC, “The football contains a hard plastic interior frame that can pose a risk of facial cuts if a child is hit during play. There have been nine reports of facial injuries, including eight requiring stitches or medical attention.”
-- PR Newswire, 11/22/2004
Hasbro was removed from the FTSE4Good Index series as a result of failing to satisfy supply chain labor standards. The FTSE4Good Index encourages investment in socially responsible companies that are included in the index only after meeting strict criteria. Companies are screened and evaluated on products the company sells, countries that supply the products, and exposure in these markets in terms of revenue.
-- FTSE4Good, 09/01/2006
The New York City Employees Retirement System (NYC Pension Funds), holds 11 companies (including Hasbro) in its portfolio, and has filed a resolution with each company asking for the development of a code of conduct that is based on the International Labor Organization's core labor standards and the UN's Draft Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations with Regards to Human Rights. ILO conventions include the right to form and join a union, a prohibition on discrimination and intimidation, and prohibition against forced labor, child labor, and prison labor.
-- New York City Comptroller's Office, 01/01/2006
Ethics and Governance
Hasbro Chairman and CEO, Alfred J. Verrecchia, earned $8,406,288 in total compensation for 2006 according to the SEC and $9,625,296 according to the AFL-CIO's calculations.
-- AFL-CIO, 02/17/2007
In 2002, Hasbro was fined $7.9 million by the United Kingdom Office of Fair Trading for price fixing by setting prices on toys and games with wholesale distributors. A second charge of price fixing with retailers was dropped after the company cooperated with the investigation. But the OFT did fine UK toys retail chains GUS PLC's Argos and Littlewoods $36.1 million. The company initially appealed the verdict but in 2003 dropped its appeal, saying "The time was right to put this matter behind us and to move forward."
-- Providence Journal, 04/04/2003
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