Case Study On Mattel

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Yes, I do believe that Mattel acted in a socially responsible and ethical manner with regard to the safety of its toys. Back in the 1980’s when Mattel started to shift production to Asia, they were using outside contractors. This concerned Mattel, as they thought the contractors might start imitating and reproducing their products. In the 1990’s Mattel acquired or built production facilities in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore. In 1997, Mattel developed a detailed code of conduct, they called it, The Global Manufacturing Principals. The principals covered both the Mattel factories, their contactors, and suppliers. The principals addressed primarily labor issues, such as wages, child labor, and health and safety.…show more content…
A lot of things can happen in between those tests, such as a contractor using lead paint and it not being caught. The professor had generous budget and access to all of the records, with this, I think that Mattel should have run the tests more frequently. After all, the lives that are stake are those of millions of children around the world. And do not forget about all of the stakeholders and shareholders when they have to make a recall. You might even lose the trust of your loyal customers, which will hurt the company in the long…show more content…
With that, I think that the government should impose polices that may even supersede what the company may already have in place. They should also develop uniform safety standards as well as voluntary recalls of any unsafe products. In China, the governments standards on lead paint is actually stricter than that of the United States, but has been lax in recent years. So China needs to step up on the inspection and enforcement of the use of lead paint on toys, like the United States. In the United States, the government has banned the use of lead paint on any toy product. The consumer’s advocates can aid in protecting the safety of children by challenging the government. They can stand up and make the government is doing their jobs, like fining the companies that violate the standards and polices. I believe that if the punishment came down on those companies that choose to violate the rules, then other companies will take notice and make sure that their own companies are staying within the regulations. The toy industry has already stated that the regulations on toy safety in the US is one of the strictest in the world, with other companies trying to emulate what we are doing. The toy industry also has set a new mandatory program that will require the US market to test to the US standards, making sure that the testing labs are qualified to perform the

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