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Toys & Sporting Goods

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Product Quality & Safety

Chemical & Safety Hazards of Products

Consumers and regulators expect the Toys & Sporting Goods industry to ensure that its products are safe and do not cause harm. The presence of certain chemicals in products—which can be introduced by design or as a result of poor oversight over supply chains—can have chronic impacts on child development and health. Faulty or poorly designed products can also create choking, fire, or other hazards, which can result in injury or death. The Toys & Sporting Goods industry is subject to regulation over the safety of its products. The toys segment in particular is highly regulated to protect children, and evolving science on the safety of certain chemicals will likely lead to additional restrictions. Failure to create products that are safe for consumers may provoke new regulatory oversight and affect a company’s social license to operate. Furthermore, improper product safety testing or evaluation can lead to costly recalls, litigation, or reputational damage that can affect sales. Toys and sporting goods companies that work at both the design and manufacturing phases to manage the use of certain chemicals while eliminating others can better mitigate risks associated with chemical safety.

Supply Chain Management

Labor Conditions in the Supply Chain

The treatment of workers and labor conditions in the industry’s manufacturing supply chain are of growing concern for consumers, regulators, and companies. Labor issues include worker health and safety standards, compensation, amount of working hours, and risks related to discrimination and forced labor. The industry is exposed to these issues because of its reliance on third-party manufacturing in emerging markets, where labor standards, labor protection, and regulation enforcement can be weak, and violations are common. Companies also contract with numerous suppliers, adding complexity and challenges with respect to transparency. A failure to manage labor conditions can result in supply disruptions, reputational damage, and increased regulation and enforcement in response to high-profile safety or labor incidents, strikes and work stoppages, and shifts in consumer demand. Toys and sporting goods companies are increasingly engaging with suppliers through audits, partnerships, and increased oversight, allowing them to preempt and react more quickly to labor issues. Companies that effectively manage this issue can protect brand value and reduce their cost of capital.

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