Disney cuts ties with Chinese manufacturer of branded toys

The firm has ended its partnership with Dongguan Qing Xi Juantiway Plastic Factory over issues regarding workers' conditions.
Publish date:
Disney logoo.png

The Walt Disney Company has cut all ties with a Chinese toy manufacturer over reported violations of labour standards.

The global entertainment powerhouse has ended its relationship with Dongguan Qing Xi Juantiway Plastic Factory, who develops Disney branded toys for the firm, when various issues regarding working conditions came to light.

According to Disney, the facilities in question had been pin pointed by the New York-based labour rights group China Labor Watch back in June. The factory had since failed to address the concerns.

Bloomberg was the first to report the story earlier this week.

“Our investigation has revealed that Dongguan Qing Xi Juantiway Plastic Factory failed to remediate hiring and human resource issues identified during an investigation of the facility last year,” read a statement from Disney.

The company has since revoked the toy maker’s license to manufacture branded products on its behalf having ‘failed to correct important issues in a timely manner.’

A further licensee named Lam Sun Toy Limited Company has also been warned by Disney for ‘failing to meet expectations regarding accurate record keeping, health, fire safety and human resources practices.’

The conglomerate has stated that should the licensee fail to improve these areas it would also lose the rights to make products featuring the Disney brand.


Disney's Mike Stagg on this year's toy plans for Star Wars and Marvel

For fans the world over, 2015’s release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens made for a monumental moment. Now, with new Marvel releases, a Frozen sequel and more Star Wars to come, Disney promises that the next few years will be no different. Robert Hutchins talks to Mike Stagg, The Walt Disney Company’s vice president and general manager, retail UK and Ireland, about the its plans to top the toy charts this year.

Featured Jobs

Rainbow logo landscape_home of classic Final

Product Manager

Rainbow Designs Ltd I Olympia, London I Salary: Competitive I Date Published Wednesday 16th January 2019