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Hasbro is proud of its deep and long-standing commitment to product safety. All of our products meet or exceed not only applicable federal and international standards but also our additional, internal standards. To ensure compliance with our high standards, Hasbro requires tests and quality control checks at multiple stages of the manufacturing process. These procedures, which have been in place for years, have always included – and continue to include – independent, third-party testing of our products.
Over the past several years, we have not issued any safety recalls of Hasbro products due to lack of compliance with our manufacturing processes or safety standards. Furthermore, we are proud that during the toy industry crisis of 2007 when millions of toys had to be recalled around the world because they contained lead paint and hazardous magnets, none of Hasbro's products were affected, and consumers could purchase them with confidence. As a safety conscious company, Hasbro has processes and systems in place to ensure that, once products reach consumers' hands, their use and potential safety concerns are being carefully monitored. In the event that Hasbro determines that a recall or other corrective action is necessary to protect consumers, we take prompt action. In these circumstances, Hasbro has established comprehensive systems to advise consumers, retailers, and applicable authorities across the globe.
Hasbro has a comprehensive, global quality assurance program designed to prevent lead paint and other quality and safety issues. We believe this is why Hasbro was not one of the companies that had to recall products during the toy industry crisis of 2007 when millions of toys had to be recalled around the world due to lead paint. Hasbro was proud that all of its products were not only compliant but also safe and consumers could purchase them with confidence. Our programs in this area include: paint testing processes (for paint prior to its application to Hasbro products), safety and quality control checks at multiple stages of the manufacturing process, and independent, third-party testing of products imported from China.
PVC is a widely used durable material that can be found in everyday products, from plumbing pipes, drinking water supply lines, and medical devices (e.g. blood bags, catheters, dialysis equipment, examination gloves, etc.) to vinyl siding and vinyl flooring for homes, car interiors, upholstery, shower curtains and clothing.
With respect to the use of PVC and phthalates in toys and childcare items, Hasbro has carefully considered the science, together with the toy industry and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission through its Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP), and the European Union Commission's Chemicals Bureau Agency; based on these comprehensive government studies, we firmly believe that toys and childcare articles made from PVC and softened with phthalates pose no health risk to children. Nevertheless, all Hasbro toys and childcare items comply with all applicable global laws and regulations, including phthalates restrictions set forth in the European Union Phthalates Directive and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA).
A recurring problem the toy industry faces in Asia is inaccurate record keeping at the factory-level, making the verification of proper wages and working hours difficult. In addition, due to the detailed nature of industry and company health and safety requirements, it is not uncommon for factories to require improvement in this area. When instances of non-compliance are found, Hasbro works with factories to address the issues and prevent further non-compliance. Once again, however, if a supplier demonstrates an inability to address shortfalls and meet our standards, we terminate our relationship with that factory.
Trucost has assessed the greenhouse gas emissions data reported by Hasbro Inc. based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative laid out by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
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