Mattel Joins the Mekong Club to Support Industry-Wide Efforts to Combat Modern Slavery in Supply Chains
Mattel is committed to combat any type of modern slavery in our supply chain and working with the Mekong Club's experts helps us minimize risk. The Mekong Club brings industry-specific working groups together to eliminate modern slavery. This encourages like-minded companies to share experiences and work together to review available information, identify industry priorities, and provide suggestions on what can be done on a practical level to positively influence workplace conditions and ethical recruitment.
Mattel Partners with CCR-CSR to Provide Summer Program for Left Behind Children
During July and August 2018, Mattel completed a summer program for left behind children to join their parents at the Mattel factory in Chang An during their school summer vacation. This is the eighth year that Mattel has organized this much-loved summer program and for the first time, Mattel partnered with CCR-CSR and like-minded companies to share best practices and take the program to the next level.
The first summer program was launched in 2011, when Mattel recognized a need for workers to spend time with their children, who in some cases, were left behind in their hometowns with extended family as caretakers. For four weeks, when the schools are closed over the summer, Mattel's summer program allows families to share their daily lives, which creates stronger bonds between children and parents, who otherwise only get to see each other once or twice a year. The program is free of charge to the worker and provides a safe location, teachers, a meaningful program to learn and develop and - of course - a big emphasis on play. The children get a chance to not only learn Mathematics and English, but they also get comfortable expressing themselves through play, develop their creative skills and abstract thinking and to play outdoor sports and games. This summer, 60 children participated in the program.
It can be stressful for parents having to leave their hometowns and making the difficult decision to leave their children with other caregivers. Parents often express concern that they feel guilt and that they worry about their children as they cannot interact with them on a daily basis and give them the necessary stimulation and sense of security that is so important during childhood. As a company that puts children first, Mattel takes pride in being able to play a small part in providing its workers' children an opportunity to learn and develop through the summer program.
Mattel Received a 1 Out of 10 Score on ISS's Social Rating, Where 1 is the Best
Mattel received a 1 out of 10 score on ISS's social rating, where 1 is the best. ISS analyzes social risks in terms of human rights, labor, health & safety, stakeholder & society and product safety & quality. The score is based on a company's preparedness to face and mitigate risks and its commitment to be hold accountable to risks. More information about ISS and social performance ranking can be found here
Mattel Achieves Major Gains in its Sustainable Sourcing Commitment through its Partnership with the Rainforest Alliance
Inspiring wonder in the next generation to shape a brighter tomorrow gives us the responsibility to contribute to a healthy planet today. Mattel is committed to efforts that reduce the environmental impact of our operations, our products, and our packaging, and to demonstrate strong ethical and environmental performance both within our company and in our communities.
A key component of these efforts is to conserve natural resources by advancing the use of sustainably-sourced paper and wood fiber in our packaging and products. In 2011, we implemented our Sustainable Sourcing Principles to maximize, to the extent feasible, the use of post-consumer recycled content and sustainable fiber. Our Sustainable Sourcing Principles guide us in diligently improving how we conserve resources, advance responsible sourcing practices, and encourage our supply chain partners to do the same.
To develop our Sustainable Sourcing Principles, Mattel partnered with the Rainforest Alliance, an international non-profit dedicated to conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods, to help trace our packaging, paper, and wood fiber product supply chain back to the country of origin.
"Since 2011, the Rainforest Alliance has partnered with Mattel to assess sustainability of their packaging sources and more recently, since 2015, their wood and paper supply chains. Through the development and implementation of their Sustainable Sourcing Principles Mattel has steadily increased the volume of FSC® certified and recycled content in their sourcing over these years."- Alex Morgan, Chief Markets Officer, Rainforest Alliance.
In 2016, we engaged over 60 of our suppliers and sustainably sourced over 442,000 tons of paper fiber. Currently, over 93% of paper and wood fiber used in our packaging and products is sustainably sourced or recycled, reinforcing our commitment to using paper and wood fiber from companies that responsibly manage forests. We have exceeded our 2018 goal of 90% sustainably sourced or recycled paper and wood fiber in our products and packaging, and are on track to achieve 95% by 2020.
We met our sustainable sourcing targets early by maximizing post-consumer recycled content, avoiding controversial sources of fiber in products and packaging, and increasing the percentage of sustainably sourced fiber that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Together we are helping to ensure a healthy planet for children around the world.
Mattel and Beijing Children's Hospital Group Provide Premium Healthcare and Medical Training for Underserved Yan Shan residents and Healthcare Practitioners in Southwest China
Mattel's purpose is to inspire wonder in the next generation to inspire a brighter tomorrow. Through our partnerships with world-renowned children's hospitals including UCLA's Children's Hospital and Beijing Children's Hospital, Mattel aspires to improve children's healthcare and offer more children the chance to not only be physically healthy but also to develop social, creative and emotional skills through play opportunities.
As a part of Mattel and Beijing Children's Hospital Group's partnership, in January 2018 Mattel facilitated a visit to Yan Shan County in rural Yunnan for China's leading pediatricians, providing medical consultations to the local community and conducting training sessions for local doctors at the Yan Shan County People's Hospital.
During the visit, leading experts from Beijing Children's Hospital Group (BCHG) conducted trainings for 40 local Yan Shan healthcare professionals. BCHG practitioners within respiratory system diseases and nutrition and digestion shared best practices and new medical research with their local counterparts to initiate knowledge exchange for some of the most pressing issues related to children's health in rural China.
In 2012, Mattel was the first international company establishing a manufacturing plant in the region - Mattel Yan Shan (MYS). MYS is a sewing plant employing up to 3000 people during peak season. People in Yan Shan county are well-known for their sewing and embroidery skills which made it a good location for Mattel to open a plant specialized in soft goods manufacturing.
'Improving healthcare services for children is a priority for the local government and to achieve this, talent development is key. As we have limited resources, the opportunity to learn from China's leading experts is invaluable for our local practitioners - not just from a knowledge exchange perspective but also in terms of inspiration and to become a part of a network of pediatricians', said Dr Huang, Deputy Head of Yan Shan County's People's Hospital.
Close to 300 children received free medical consultation during the two-day visit. During the consultation sessions, BCHG doctors teamed up with local colleagues to see patients together. That way, the consultations served as further practical training for Yan Shan doctors and provided patients with a local point of contact for follow-up consultations, diagnoses and treatments.
'Yan Shan is classified as one of China's prioritized national poverty counties. Traditionally, children requiring anything more advanced than basic medical attention, need to go to Yunnan's provincial capital Kunming. The long and expensive trip requires parents to take time off work and often causes financial distress for families. Our goal with this program is to make it easier for Mattel employees at MYS and for the local community to get access to good healthcare', said Melissa Liu, HR Director at MYS.
By offering free medical consultations to the local community and building relationships between pediatric departments at county, provincial and national levels, Mattel aims to give more children access to healthcare and identify special developmental, health or support needs at an early stage. With the right intervention programs put in place at an early stage of a child's life, the chances to live a full and healthy life increase.
Mattel Participates in the Digital Worker Voice Pilot for Employee Engagement to Enable our Manufacturing Workforce to Utilize Mobile Technology for Providing Feedback
Mattel is excited to announce our participation in the Ethical Toy Program's pilot project to use a smartphone application as a platform to improve communication, receive real-time feedback and offer an anonymous channel for workers to voice concerns.
Well-functioning and easy-to-use grievance channels for frontline workers are key to capture early warnings of non-conformance with Mattel's Responsible Supply Chain Commitment. Traditionally, factories have relied on tools such as hotline numbers, in-person counselling and suggestion boxes as grievance channels. With the help of smartphone technology, Mattel now aims to provide workers with a safe, trusted channel that enables anonymity and a two-way dialogue in one solution.
The anonymous survey tool will make audit processes more accurate and transparent by scaling the number of workers interviewed. Real-time feedback on performance will provide management valuable insights on areas of improvement.
The pilot will run for one year beginning in June 2018 with future plans to expand the program. Microbenefits is the technology partner of the project and the pilot is generously sponsored by the Walt Disney Company.
Mattel Ranks #20 on Reputation Institute's 2018 Most Reputable US Companies List
Mattel ranks as # 20 on Reputation Institute's prestigious US RepTrak list of the 100 most reputable companies in the United States. The list is based on a survey taken by more than 52,000 individuals in January and February 2018. Respondents were responsible for ranking leading American companies' performance related to product quality, positive influence on society, ethical behavior, transparency and more. The results show stakeholders' emotional bonds with companies where high scores indicate supportive behaviors such as consumers purchasing the company's products, investors buying shares or talent joining the company.
Mattel stands out as one of the most friendly and creative companies. According to the Reputation Institute; 'Mattel embodies leadership via innovative products that promote diversity, female empowerment, and body positivity'. For more information, click here.
Fisher Price and Alibaba Partner to Launch Research Lab in Shanghai to Support Parents
[From left to right: Jenny Xu (Mattel), Frida Zhang(Mattel), Dr. Wang Chao (Save the Children), Jeff Wang (Mattel), Mrs Deng Lan (EWECCPN), Ruby Lin (Fisher Price Ambassador), Duan Ling (Alibaba TMall), Zhang Yan (Alibaba TMall)]
In March 2018, Fisher Price and Alibaba Innovation Center partnered to launch the "Mom Research Lab", with support from the United Nations' Every Woman Every Child Partner Network (UN EWECPN) and Save the Children. The initiative aims to support young parents, particularly mothers, to become happier and more confident in a world with sky-high expectations and societal pressure.
'With Alibaba's deep consumer insights and Fisher-Price's expertise in early child development, the 'Mom Research Lab' will facilitate innovation and design solution for today and tomorrow's parents in China', said Mr Jeff Wang, VP and Country Manager Mattel China.
In a joint white paper entitled 'China's Millennial Mothers - External Pressure, Everyday Struggle and Unconditional Love,' launched at the event, challenges for millennial mothers were identified and the importance of keeping a balance between being an individual and a mother was one of the recommendations. The 'Mom Research Lab' supports UN EWECPN and Save the Children's ongoing efforts to create better support environments for mothers to help children develop in a healthy way.
During the opening ceremony, representatives from the UN EWECPN and Save the Children China talked about the positive impacts the project will bring to Chinese mothers and their children. As part of the launch, Fisher-Price also unveiled a new art exhibition reflecting parents' love for their babies.
[Mrs Deng Lan, Deputy Secretary General, Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, EWECCPN]
Mattel Celebrates International Women's Day
Mattel's Mabamex plant in Tijuana, Mexico celebrated International Women's Day 2018 with recognition of the importance of womens' health and wellbeing. In partnership with the Instituto de la Mujer (INMUJER), a non-profit organization dedicated to women's rights, Mabamex offered free medical consultations to female employees and check-ups for cervical cancer, breast cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes. The attending medical professionals advised on preventative measures to stay healthy and INMUJER offered free legal advice and psychological help for anyone having questions related to physical or psychological violence.
Female role models at the plant, paving the way for other women in traditionally male-dominated work areas, were recognized in a special photo series launched during the day.