What is Modern Slavery?

Labor exploitation affects millions of workers across supply chains, and can amount to modern day slavery. This occurs when a worker is kept in a workplace situation as a result of force, fraud or coercion, for little or no pay. People can become trapped in modern slavery in a number of ways.

These includes the offences of slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labor, human trafficking, debt bondage, high recruitment fees deducted from employee wages, employment contract abuse, confiscation of identification documents, to name just a few. It is vital that we combat these practices in our supply chains, in order to ensure that our products are ethically sourced in line with regulation.

Since the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into force, Mattel is committed to it and is taking actions to continue promoting ethical business practices and policies that protect workers from being abused and exploited. In addition, we became a member of the Mekong Club in 2018. The Mekong Club brings industry-specific working groups together to eliminate modern slavery by encouraging like-minded companies to share experiences and work together to review available information, identify industry priorities, and provide suggestions on what can be done on a practical level to positively influence workplace conditions and ethical recruitment.

Mattel’s anti-slavery and human trafficking disclosure statement can be accessed below: