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Hasbro Transformers toys are made in the Jet Fair sweatshop in China

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  • Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (Formerly National Labor Committee) 5 Gateway Center, 6F, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 , U.S.A. +1-412-562-2406 | inbox@glhr.org | www.globallabourrights.org

    December 2011 Author Charles Kernaghan Research Charles Kernaghan, Barbara Briggs Cassie Rusnak, Elana Szymkowiak, and Victoria Lopez

    HOLIDAYS BY HASBRO:

    Transformers toy production at Jet Fair factory in China

    TRANSFORMERS FROM HELL

  • Table of Contents

    Executive Summary: Jet Fair sweatshop in China produces Hasbros Transformers .................................... i

    Preface by Charles Kernaghan: Hasbro, Putting Lipstick on a Pig ............................................................... ii

    Company Profiles.......................................................................................................................................... 1

    Hasbros Christmas Workshop: How would you like your daughter or son to work here? .......................... 3

    Filthy, Rat-infested Dorms; Workers Tortured by Bed Bugs ............................................................. 10

    Factory Cafeteria ................................................................................................................................. 12

    Hours: 70-plus Hours a Week ..................................................................................................................... 14

    Hasbro Supplier in Blatant Violation of Even Chinas Weak Labor Laws................................................. 15

    Words Are One Thing. Reality Is Another. ................................................................................................ 16

    Wages: $1.18 an hour and $204.34 a month ............................................................................................... 20

  • Executive Summary

    Jet Fair sweatshop in China produces

    Hasbros Transformers

    Workers housed in filthy, over-crowded dorms, infested with rats and bed bugs. Workers report they cannot sleep at night from the bed bug bites.

    Workers describe factory food as Pretty much like swine food.

    Workers allowed less than 9 minutes to assemble each Hasbro Transformer, for which they are paid 17 cents.

    We are drenched in sweat, workers say. Factory temperatures soar to 104 degrees F in summer.

    During peak season, workers toil 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, while earning a take-home wage of just 92 cents an hour.

    Workers undergo three body-searches each day, are not permitted to talk or lift their heads to look around, and need permission to use the bathroom.

    Hasbro is open to the hiring of 14 and 15-year-olds on a case-by-case basis.

    Workers in the spray paint department fear they are being exposed to dangerous solvents.

    There are no fire drills and some emergency exits are locked.

    During the slow season, hundreds of workers are fired under false charges so management does not have to pay their legal severance.

    Workers are cheated of paid sick leave and maternity leave.

    Workers describe their work as mindless, miserable, constantly monotonous, yet furious and exhausting.

  • Preface by Charles Kernaghan

    Hasbro

    Putting Lipstick on a Pig

    That is exactly what Hasbro executives are doingputting lipstick on a pigwhen they claim to have

    voluntary corporate codes of conduct to guarantee the rights of the workers in China who make their

    Transformers, board games and tricycles. On the other hand, when it comes to its toys, Hasbros

    executives demand enforceable lawsintellectual property and copyright lawsbacked up by sanctions

    to protect their plastic Transformers. Anyone caught making a knock-off of a Hasbro toy will be

    prosecuted and do real jail time.

    What accounts for this schizophrenic split personality? Hasbro would never even dream of allowing its

    toys made in China or elsewhere to be protected by voluntary codes of conduct. If it is not good enough

    for a Transformer robot to be protected by Hasbros voluntary code of conduct, then why is it good

    enough for the human beings who make the companys toys, often under gross and abusive sweatshop

    conditions while being paid pennies an hour?

    Corporate codes of conduct were never really meant to enforce or protect workers internationally

    recognized labor rights. This is one of the great scams that Hasbro and the other toy companies have

    pulled on the American people.

    It is this simple: Hasbro knows that in the global economy, there must be enforceable laws, backed up by

    sanctions, to protect their trademark toys. Protecting the legal rights of workers, who are real, living

    human beings, is of much less concern to Hasbro. In fact, Hasbro and the others much prefer that workers

    are not afforded enforceable rights.

    The so-called corporate codes of conduct are really the equivalent of counterfeit knock-offs themselves,

    undermining the inalienable rights of human beings.

    We want to ask Hasbro: Why is it that you demand enforceable laws to protect your toys, while refusing

    to grant the human beings who make them the same legal protections? If Hasbro executives can answer

    this question, I will profusely apologize to Hasbro and tear our report up into a thousand pieces.

    On the other hand, if Hasbros executives remain stone silent, hiding behind their purposefully ineffective

    voluntary codes of conduct, we will know they are deep into their scam.

  • Nothing will change in the global sweatshop economy until workers are guaranteed access to the

    enforceable labor rights protections that are afforded under internationally recognized labor rights

    standardsno child labor, no forced labor, freedom of association, the right to organize and form

    independent unions, the right to bargain collectively and access to decent working conditions.

    The American people have the right to hold corporations accountable and demand that human beings

    have at least the same enforceable legal protections as a Hasbro toy.

    Our economy belongs at least as much to the American people as it does to the corporations. Together,

    we have the right to remake our economy with a human face.

  • Company Profiles

    Jet Fair Industrial Ltd

    He-Jing Industrial Area

    He-ping Village, Fu-yong Town

    Bao-an District, Shenzhen City

    Guangdong, CHINA

    Phone: 0755-33806688

    Fax: 0755-33670988

    Hong Kong funded factory, established

    in 1993.

    There are approximately 3,000 workers at Jet Fair, the vast majority of whom are migrant workers from

    the Guangxi region and Henan Province. The factory hires men and women, between the ages of 16 and

    40, with women accounting for over 60 percent of the total workforce.

    Jet Fair has nine factory buildings with four floors each along with five dormitories. Most of the

    production at Jet Fair is for well-known toy companies like Hasbro, Wal-Mart and others. It also exports

    to Japan. Along with toys, the factory also exports electronic products such as electric toothbrushes.

    Common toys produced at Jet Fair include toy cars, small remote-control airplanes, and robots. The

    majority of the production for the last several months has been Transformers models for Hasbro.

    Hasbro

    1027 Newport Avenue

    Pawtucket, RI 02862

    Phone: (401) 431-8697

    Fax: (401) 727-5544

    Hasbro reported $4 billion in revenue in 2010,

    with an operating profit of $587 million.

    In 2010, Mr. Brian Golden, Hasbros president, paid himself $23.15 million.

    The vast majority of Hasbros toys are manufactured in 46 factories in China.

    In 2011, we tracked at least 39 shipments from the Jet Fair Industrial factory in Shenzhen, China to

    Hasbro.

    The popular Transformers toys are a profit source for Hasbro. In the second quarter of 2011,

    Transformer sales boosted Hasbros profits by 23 percent.

    Source: Hasbro 2010 Annual Report

  • A photo of Hasbro Transformers Prime First Edition Series

    Bumblebee figure smuggled out of Jet Fair factory in late 2011.

  • Hasbros Christmas Workshop

    How would you like your daughter or son to work here?

    The second floor of Building A is for the

    Assembly Department.

    There are approximately 70 workers in each

    assembly line. In late November 2011, Lines

    #2 and #4 were producing Transformers

    Bumblebee Series for Hasbro.

    Management sets a mandatory production

    goal of completing 480 Transformers per hour

    per line. The workers sit at small work

    bencheswhich are old, dirty and dusty

    with their hands flying to reach their goals.

    There is very little space, since the work

    benches are crammed together. The workers

    cannot even stretch their backs without banging

    into the desk behind them.

    The workers are strictly prohibited from raising their heads to

    look around. The work pace is very intense and no one is

    allowed to talk.

    In many positions, workers do not even have the time to go to

    the bathroom. When it is busy, which is most of the time,

    workers are yelled at if they try to go to the toilet. The lucky

    ones who can use the bathroom have to get permission from

    the lineman, and surrender their ID badges. Only two people

    at a time can use the bathroom, and toilet breaks are limited

    to three or four minutes.