Human Rights and Social Compliance 

Mattel operates in some regions of the world where social, economic, and political factors could introduce risks to human rights and working conditions. As such, our Human Rights Principles set forth our commitment to respect the rights provided in the International Bill of Human Rights, the principles supported by the United Nations' Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

 

We also work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) globally to help address working conditions, combat modern slavery and child labor, and improve livelihoods. As a member of the Mekong Club, an association of private sector companies in the retail, manufacturing, hospitality, and banking sectors, we are working together to eliminate modern slavery.

 

As part of our commitment to eliminating modern slavery and child labor, we support International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions 138 and 182 on the prohibition of child labor and 29 and 105 on the elimination of forced or mandatory labor. Our approach is modeled on recognized standards such as the ILO standards and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We are committed to working closely with our suppliers to combat modern slavery, child labor, and human trafficking and to help them identify risks and manage such risks proactively. 

Modern Slavery

Since the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into force, we have been committed to its implementation and have taken actions to continue promoting ethical business practices and policies that protect workers from being abused and exploited in any form, including but not limited to modern slavery, human trafficking, state-imposed forced labor, etc. We publish an annual statement discussing efforts we make on this front.

Conflict-Free Minerals Commitment

Sourcing conflict-free minerals in our products further advances our commitment to responsible practices. We do not condone human rights abuses or violence in any form and therefore take steps to ensure that minerals procured for use in our products do not support conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries. In this regard, we perform the necessary due diligence to avoid the use of minerals that benefit armed groups in these countries, in accordance with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.