Toy council needs auditor to promote fair practices

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 April, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 April, 2007, 12:00am

Auditors with a special interest in labour issues may find this job child's play. A toy industry watchdog needs someone with professional skills to help promote fair labour standards in toy production.

The International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) was formed in 1974 as an organisation of toy trade associations from around the world. The ICTI CARE Process is the body's voluntary ethical manufacturing programme aimed at promoting fair labour treatment and employee health and safety. The council moved beyond setting standards by establishing a code of business practices - an arm of the organisation which evaluates whether toy factories comply with the code.

Factories that complete an audit fulfilling all requirements of the ICTI CARE Process, and have the results approved, will receive a seal of compliance which enables the global toy industry to assure consumers that its products are made in safe and humane environments. The council needs an assistant manager who speaks English, Cantonese and Putonghua to oversee the social auditing process for more than 1,000 toy factories in China, where 70 per cent of the world's toy volume is made.

Based in Hong Kong, the appointee will spend most days conducting and reviewing investigatory audits of the factories to ensure that consistency and high quality is maintained.

Candidates should have experience with a brand, retailer or audit company. Toy industry auditing experience is advantageous but not mandatory. Sound knowledge of auditing social responsibility codes of conduct in Asia is important.