BTHA Guidance

Ethical Manufacturing

Ethical Manufacturing

Ethical manufacturing is key to being a member of the BTHA. Our members are required to apply appropriate ethical standards in factories used for the manufacture of toys.

Ethical Manufacturing Commitment

As part of members’ commitment to ethical manufacturing, members declare their compliance with the principles contained in the ICTI Care Code, overseen by the Ethical Toy Programme. It is a requirement of membership that members use factories which are in the Ethical Toy Programme or by factories that meet the requirements of:

  1. Another recognised social compliance organisation or;
  2. Another code of an equivalent or greater standard.

The Ethical Toy Programme has been designed to meet the specific needs of the toy industry.

Conflict Materials

In November 2016, EU regulation on conflict materials was agreed. It proposed that all but the smallest EU importers of tin, tungsten, tantalum, gold and their ores will have to do “due diligence” checks on their suppliers from January 2021. We have provided a guidance document for our members to help them understand what conflict materials are, whether they are used in the toy industry, and the measures that can be taken to understand source materials.

Conflict Materials

Modern Slavery

With the introduction of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015, companies are required to ensure that their businesses and supply chains are slavery free. Each year, those of our members in scope are required to provide a statement to show that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of the supply chain. We have written a guidance document to help our members to show compliance.

An introduction to the Modern Slavery Act

Useful Links

The Ethical Toy Programme
Stronger Together
UK Legislation – Modern Slavery Act
Government guidance on transparency in supply chains

The links provided above are for your information and convenience only and are not an endorsement by the British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA) of the content of such linked websites or third parties. The BTHA has no control over the contents of any linked website and is not responsible for these websites or their content or availability.

The BTHA therefore makes no warranties or representations, express or implied about such linked websites, the third parties they are owned and operated by, the information contained on them or the suitability or quality of any of their products or services.