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End Disney’s Dark World of Labor Abuse

Disney: be nice to the workers making my toys

Disney is a leading entertainment company, enchanting millions of kids with its movies and toys. But, Disney is far from a leader in how it treats the workers making its toys.

In November 2017, China Labor Watch issued a report entitled “The Dark Side of the Toy World” that found appalling labor conditions at four toy factories in China, one of which is a supplier for Disney that produces Olaf toys (a character from Disney's "Frozen"). CLW sent an investigator to work undercover at the Disney supplier in August 2017. Workers in the factories worked 11-hour days for the equivalent of $1.20 US dollars per hour, and were required to work overtime – both to earn a slightly better wage, and to meet high production quotas. CLW estimates that average monthly overtime at the factory is 110 hours during regular production, and 140 hours during peak production. Workers have to work at the factory for a full year before they can enjoy a five-day vacation during the month of the Spring Festival, which is an important time for Chinese people to gather with their families.

The factory does not provide workers with adequate safety training, and many workers that work with toxic chemicals are not provided with adequate – or any – safety equipment. According to workers, work injuries are frequent. Meanwhile, the working spaces and living quarters are not safe either – there is poor ventilation, and emergency exits are routinely blocked with piles of products and other items.

Investigations of Disney factories revealing multiple abuses now go back 18 years! The company has had ample time to require factories to comply with its code of conduct and all local laws. Yet, time and again, abuses are found at Disney contractors. 

Something is rotten in the Magic Kingdom when Disney CEO Bob Iger made $44 million dollars last year, which equals $21,153 dollars per hour, yet workers in Disney’s factories made $1.20 per hour. That massive disparity is wrong, and Disney needs to change the way its toys are made.

Take action with Green Americans nationwide today to demand that Disney protects the workers that makes its toys.

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