In this day and age consumers always want more and they want it at the lowest price possible, but are they willing to risk the danger that could derive from it? Hundreds of thousands of toys are imported daily from overseas countries, such as China, into the United States, some toys are inspected for irregularities, but most are not. This may not seem like such a problem but the truth of the matter is that it is one of the larger problems in the nation right now. Children’s toys imported from China are found to be contaminated with high levels of lead and infecting American children with lead poisoning. Some people may say that this is an unnecessary argument, that China isn’t doing anything harmful, maybe it was just a few faulty toys,
This paper will summarize the ERR articles from the bulleted topics and issues. This paper will also include summaries on toys that may encourage violence and aggression, toys that may promote pro-social behavior, gender stereotyping in toy selection, and cultural stereotyping or, lack of cultural awareness in toys.
Toys are artifacts created by humans that come in all shapes, sizes, and form used for entertainment, therapy, or simply to past time. One of the earliest toys was a doll made of stone that was estimated to be four thousand years old. What is really interesting is the fact that archaeologists have found that the majority of human civilization produced toys. Nowadays, toys are mass produced and have become an essential item in the human lifestyle. So much so that these toys have the ability to shape children or adults to act or be a certain way. Companies take advantage of their products and advertising to have customers continually buy their products so that these paying customers can achieve their desires. However, some products actually
“Toy production and consumption occur in a global system characterized by large, complex supply chains with constant downward pressure on prices. In many cases, product design and marketing occur primarily in developed countries, with manufacturing outsourced overseas. Demand for low cost products creates pressure for companies to externalize environmental and social costs, resulting in unsafe working conditions, environmental pollution, and a drive toward using the cheapest and often toxic materials” (Becker, Edwards and Massey 7988).
Difficult to define, ethical responsibility is the ability to recognize, interpret and act upon multiple principles and values according to the standards within a given field and/or context (Investopedia LLC., 2015). Social responsibility is the concept that businesses develop a positive relationship to the society and environment, which they operate; and not focus, solely on maximizing profits (Stan Mack, 2015).
Toy companies have the responsibility to offer the safest and appropriate toys to all the kids that could use them. By safe toys I mean that toy companies should support kids
Whether to have plenty of toys is a contentious subject, with supporters maintaining that most toys are of primary significance to cultivate children’s intellectual and mental development, whilst opponents claim that a wide range of toys can lead children to take things for granted and expect too much from parents. Paradoxically, strong arguments exist in support of both sides of this debate, which imply that it is worth examining both points of view before reaching any logical conclusions.
Social responsibility is a belief that one has both, the moral and ethical responsibility to base decisions based off of the effect which it will have on society. This means that as human beings it is our responsibility, better yet our obligation to work in coordination with one another in efforts to better the planet’s well-being as well as our company’s. Corporate
The Company had received a number of complaints about the product of “Cry Baby” doll after Christmas. The complaints were about the malfunction of the product that leakage of water and unable to cry when pressed the certain button, and the doll’s eyes were easily removed that harmful to children potentially. For that reason, an investigation into the incident was conducted.
Manufacturing any product has very serious and closely monitored environmental obligations. Toys, in particular, are very closely monitored because those toys are in constant contact of small and growing children. Anything harmful or anything that could cause detriment to a being is
Customer-focused strategic planning not always prevent issues from occurring like with Mattel, the company is still suffering from the seriousness of product recall issues (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). Despite Mattel’s best efforts not all manufacturing companies overseas are keeping up with Mattel’s high standards (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). China’s manufacturing companies say that Mattel is not providing quality toy plans (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). Regardless of who is right or wrong, the responsibility falls on Mattel, the name on the toy (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). Mattel is responsible for holding their manufacturing companies to high standards (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). Unfortunately, not every product produced is going to succeed when it comes to the safety of children (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). However, the responsibility lies on Mattel to test all products before and after manufacturing (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). Skipping on cost can end up costing an organization in the long run with recalls (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). The power is in the hands of the consumer to read up on these toys for safety before buying (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). The consumer is also responsible for only buying age-appropriate toys for their children (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014).
Research claimed that Chinese firms were the most defective toy products discovered in the US market and first ranking in manufactured recalled toys according to CPSC (Anwar, 2014). The Giggles International has the recent recall due to burn hazard caused by the cut in production cost and replacing poor quality component by China manufacturer (Toyinfo.org, 2014). Mattel failed to balance the profit and safety of the products to ensure long-term sustainability.