Disney has long emphasized magic in its products. Yet, for workers in Disney’s supplier factories in China, this magic has never worked. In reality, these workers are exploited by Disney: facing risks of having their fingers crushed by the old machinery and being exposed to chemicals and dust, they work long hours but earn low wages. These people have put in a great deal of effort to produce products, thus helping to sustain and spread the fantasy woven by Disney. However, their contribution has never been acknowledged – they even lack a proper and legitimate remuneration.
Joint statement of labour organisations on missing compensation and poor working conditions in Disney’s supplier factories
[Report] No Wonderland for Workers: Investigative Report on Labour Conditions at Disney’s Supplier Factories in China
Since our founding in 2005, Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) has been concerned about the labour conditions of Disney’s supplier factories in China. Our earlier investigation revealed frequent work injuries in these factories, and a number of employees’ fingers had been cut off due to ageing equipment. Disney responded by introducing some changes to factories and making their list of factories public. Yet a “fairy-tale ending” has yet to be realized: 10 years later, our new investigative report finds that the employees still hardly make ends meet, with considerable risk of getting injured.
Widespread Labour Abuses at Disney and Mattel Factories ICTI doesn’t care about labour rights standards
[Hong Kong, 7 January 2013]
Today, the Hong Kong Toys and Game Fair is held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is the venue for the brands and manufacturers to seek business opportunities. Yet, the Toys Fair will not care about if the labour practices in the toy factories are fair for the workers or not. From July to November 2012, Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) investigated the Dongguan Tianyu Toys Co. Ltd. and the Dongguan Chang [...]
BY FABIEN SOYEZ
Beyblade spinning tops, Zhu Zhu Pets and remote-controlled Cars 2 cars are this year’s star Christmas toys. But behind the scenes little Christmas cheer surrounds the production of these toys, in an industry that’s worth $80 billion a year globally. Now a report on working conditions in the toy industry in China has comes down hard on industry leaders Disney and Mattel.
Between May and October, which represents the busy season for toy factories, a group of academics based in Hong Kong, Sacom, and the organization China Labor Watch (CLW) conducted a thorough investigation into several sub-contractors of [...]