Sourcing Trends Shift in the Asian Markets 13 May 2013
China is losing the competitive advantage it has enjoyed in traditional labor-intensive industries over the last two decades. Operating conditions for factories remain challenging, with quadrupling blue-collar wages, a shrinking labor market, and rising raw material costs coupled with expected appreciation of the RMB of about 3.5% in 2013. (read more)
ICTI Annual Meeting to be Held in Washington, DC 17 April 2013
The 39th Annual General Meeting of the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) will be hosted by the North American Toy Industry Association (TIA) from 2-4 June 2013 in Washington, DC. (read more)
“Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” Conferences to Take Place in U.S. this June 12 April 2013
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council will hold its first “Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” conferences in the U.S. this spring to foster business-building and networking opportunities between American and Hong Kong companies. The first symposium will be held in New York City on 11 June, followed by a Los Angeles conference on 14 June. (read more)
U.S. to Celebrate World Standards Day in October 1 April 2013
Leaders of industry, government, NGOs and academia will gather in Washington, D.C on 3 October 2013, in celebration of World Standards Day, honoring global efforts to establish voluntary technical agreements as international standards. (read more)
China Toy Association Launches Campaign to Promote Safety of Toys 29 March 2013
Nearly 100 companies and brands have joined the China Toy and Juvenile Products Association’s (CTJPA) new “Campaign on Toys and Juvenile Products Safety to Media and Consumers.” (read more)
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What is the
ICTI CARE Process?
The CARE (Caring, Awareness, Responsible,
Ethical) Process is the International Council of Toy Industries' (ICTI) program to promote ethical manufacturing, in the form of fair labor treatment, as well as employee health and safety, in the toy industry supply chain worldwide. Its initial focus is in China, where 80 percent of the world's toy volume is manufactured. Its intent is to provide a single, fair, thorough and consistent program to monitor toy factories' compliance with ICTI's Code of Business Practices (the "Code").