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• Mattel is the Number One toymaker in the world, producing toys and games, including “Barbie”.
• In 2007, Mattel recalled 9 million of its toys due to choking hazards, and recalled 1.5 million toys made in China that contained too much lead paint.
• In 2001, the Consumer Product Safety Commission fined Mattel's Fisher-Price division $1.1 million for failing to report defects in its Power Wheels line of toys.
• 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 07/01/2010
Mattel Inc., based in El Segundo California, is the number one toy maker in the world. The company produces toys and games, including "Barbie", American Girl dolls, Fisher-Price toys, Hot Wheels, and Matchbox cards, to name a few. In 2006, Mattel reported revenues of $5.650 billion and employed 32,000 people.
American Girl LLC. (Subsidiary) - Middleton, WI
- American Girl Place Inc. - Chicago, IL
- Ensueno-Tyco (Mexico) S.A. de C.V. - Mexico, Mexico
Ensueno-Tyco (Mexico) S.A. de C.V. - Mexico, Mexico
- Fisher-Price, Inc. - East Aurora, NY
- Mattel (Malaysia) SDN. BHD. - Prai, Malaysia
- Mattel (UK) Ltd. - Maidenhead, United Kingdom
- Mattel Asia Ltd. - North Point, China (Hong Kong)
- Mattel Australia Pty. Ltd. - Richmond, Australia
- Mattel Australia Pty.Ltd. - Richmond, Australia
- Mattel B.V. (Netherlands) - Amstelveen, Netherlands
- Mattel Canada, Inc. - Mississauga, Canada
- Mattel Chile S.A. - Santiago, Chile
- Mattel de Mexico - Mexico, Mexico
- Mattel Espana, S.A. - Barcelona, Spain
- Mattel France S A S - Rungis, France
- Mattel Games/Puzzles - El Segundo, CA
- Mattel GmbH - Dreieich, Germany
- Mattel GmbH - Wiener Neudorf, Austria
- Mattel Holding, Inc. - El Segundo, CA
- Mattel Overseas, Inc. - El Segundo, CA
- Mattel Pty. Ltd. - Richmond, Australia
- Mattel S.R.L. - Novara, Italy
- Mattel Suisse AG - Bern, Switzerland
- Mattel Toy Company Ltd. - Shau Kei Wan, China (Hong Kong)
- Mattel Toys (H.K.) Ltd. - Shau Kei Wan, China (Hong Kong)
- Mattel Toys Limited (New Zealand) - Auckland, New Zealand
- Precision Moulds, Ltd. - Kowloon, China (Hong Kong)
- Tyco Investment Corp. - Wilmington, DE
- Tyco Playtime Inc. - New York, NY
El Segundo, CA 90245-5012 USA
Health and Safety
Mattel agreed to a $12 million settlement for safety hazards posed by the 2 million recalled toys between August and October of 2007 that contained excessive levels of lead, far above the government allowed limit. The settlement will be split between the 39 states that brought suit against the toy manufacturer and must be paid by January 30, 2009. The settlement also requires Mattel to have more stringent standars for lead in its toys and to keep better records of subcontractors that manufacture toys.
-- GreenBiz, 12/16/2008
In August 2007, Mattel recalled 9 million of its toys due to hazards such as magnets that can become unattached and swallowed by children and lead paint. Toys recalled included Batman and Barbie figurines, Polly Pocket, and toys based on the movie "Cars."
This was the second recall in two weeks; on August 2nd Fisher-Price, owned by Mattel, recalled 1.5 million toys made in China for fear that they contained too much lead paint. The manager at the Chinese factory that manufactured those toys committed suicide after the factory was banned from shipping their products.
-- CNN, 08/14/2007
The Consumer Product Safety Committee listed Mattel’s Batman Batmobile toy vehicle as one of its 10 Hazardous Recalled Toys for 2004. According to the CPSC, “The rear tail wings of the Batmobile are made of rigid plastic and come to a point, which poses a potential puncture or laceration hazard to young children. Mattel has received 14 reports of injuries consisting of scrapes, scratches, lacerations and punctures. Four of the injuries required medical treatment.”
-- PR Newswire, 11/22/2004
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According to Public Interest Research Group’s 2003 Survey of Company Policies on Phthalates, Hasbro “did not respond to requests for information in 2003. In 2002, stated that company stopped using phthalates in teethers, rattles and toys intended for children under 3, effective April 1, 1999.”
-- Public Interest Research Group, 01/01/2003
In June 2001, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) fined Mattel's Fisher-Price division $1.1 million for failing to report defects in its Power Wheels line of toys. The CPSC said the company failed to report 116 fires and 1,800 incidents involving failures of the electrical system in the toy cars that children ride. The fine is the largest fine the agency has ever leveled against a toymaker.
-- New York Times, 06/07/2001
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In February 2001, it was revealed that as many as 13,000 workers from Mattel's former View-Master division in Beaverton Oregon might have been exposed to toxic levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) from 1951 to 1980. The company, working with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, was trying to track down former workers. TCE was used as a degreaser at the plant and routinely dumped on the ground. Some studies have shown an association, but no proof of cause and effect, between TCE exposure and anemia, arthritis, cancer, birth defects and liver damage.
-- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 02/21/2001
Source URL: seattlep-i.nwsource.com/local/chem21.shtml
New York City Comptroller William Thompson Jr. filed shareholder resolutions with 11 corporations urging greater efforts to end human rights abuses by overseas suppliers. Resolutions were filed on behalf of the city’s pension funds, which hold a total of 14,319,462 shares of the companies worth nearly $700 million. Companies targeted by the Comptroller included Altria, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., Limited Brands, Mattel Inc., Timberland Co., Hasbro Inc., and Kimberly Clark as well as 4 other corporations.
-- Crain's NY Business, 02/08/2006
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The Lungcheong Toy Factory in Dongguan, China employs 3,000 workers and supplies battery-operated toy cars and trucks to Mattel and Wal-Mart. According to the National Labor Committee (NLC), workers at the Lungcheon factory are denied basic rights through mandatory overtime labor, illegally low wages, lack of health care and termination in the case of injury. A 2005 NLC report states that required 13 hour shifts, six or seven days a week at Lungcheon exceed China's legal limitation on work hours by 300 percent. Workers are forced to work overtime and earn only 33 cents an hour, a rate that is 20 percent below minimum wage according to Chinese law.
"Wal-Mart Sweatshop Toys Made in China: 'Always Low Prices' Means Rolling Back Respect for Human Rights"
-- National Labor Committee, 12/01/2005
Mattel's operations in China made it one of the targets of the National Labor Committee's "Toys of Misery" report which demands 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. "Toys of Misery" 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. Mattel 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, 01/01/2002
Source URL: www.nlcnet.org/CHINA/1201/ToysOfMisery.pdf
Ethics and Governance
According to SEC filings, Mattel CEO, Robert A. Eckert, was paid $5,994,559 in total compensation for 2006. According to calculations by the labor conglomerate AFL-CIO, however, his total compensation was $7,278,178 for that year.
-- AFL-CIO, 02/17/2007
Mattel received a score of 88 out of 100 on the 2006 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. The company's 2005 score was 57. The Index grades companies on the implementation of laws and policies that discourage sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, and that provide same-sex partner benefits.
-- Human Rights Campaign, 09/19/2006
In June 2002, when unionized west coast dock workers began striking for preservation of their healthcare benefits, increase in their pensions and job security in the face of new job-eliminating technology, the Pacific Maritime Association, along with Mattel and other corporations, organized the West Coast Waterfront Coalition. According to CorpWatch, the coalition held secret meetings with a Bush administration task force. The dockworkers’ union described negations with the coalition as a "barbed wire straight jacket."
-- CorpWatch, 01/02/2003
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Dozens of people were injured when more than 1,000 workers rioted in protest of the poor working conditions at the Merton factory in Guangdong province. According to China Labor Watch (CLW), violations of worker rights included the following:
- Salaries below the legal minimum, ranging between 600 and 800 yuan (or $75.60 and $100.80) a month
- Routine workdays of 11 hours, 6 days a week
- Monthly overtime hours of 70 per month with the threat of salary deductions if employees refused to work overtime. Chinese law states the legal maximum is 36 hours of monthly overtime
- Denial of overtime pay
- Denial of paid national holidays, vacation, or sick leave
- Failure by Merton to provide adequate medical insurance or pension funds
Li Qiang, CLW’s executive director, remarked, “Chinese workers live at the bottom of the society. They have no means to voice their needs or to protect their lawful rights…. Tragedies such as the Merton riot were a result of the misguided social policy that overemphasizes economic growth and neglects labor rights.” Merton manufactures for companies such as McDonald’s, Disney, Time Warner, and Mattel.
-- China Labor Watch, 07/27/2006
A 2005 report by China Labor Watch titled, “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
A Rubies factory in Tepeji del Rio, Mexico is being investigated for violating child labor laws at its garment facility which produces Barbie brand costumes for Mattel. Trade Unionists accuse Rubies of hiring employees as young as 13, and of breaking laws prohibiting overtime for youth aged 14 and 15.
-- Financial Times, 05/22/2005
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