What is modern slavery?

Policy and Statements

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, and 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.

Anti-Slavery Policy

Mattel is committed to social responsibility and to the fair and humane treatment of people in its own business and in its supply chains. It applies to all persons working for or on behalf of the Company.

It is our belief that modern slavery and human trafficking are practices that will not be tolerated in our own operations or in our supply chains, and we are committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and throughout our supply chains and will take such steps that are reasonable to ensure than none is present.

Supply Chain Compliance and Sustainability team has primary responsibility for implementing this Anti-Slavery policy, monitoring its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it, and reviewing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery.

Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy.


Since the Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into force, Mattel is committed to its implementation 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 statements are updated annually. Current and historical statements can be accessed below: