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Antwaine R. Williams
Ashford University
BUS 250 Corporate and Social Responsibility
Professor: Kayla Williams
April 10,2012

Mattel, a company that started out of Ruth and Elliot “Matt” Handler garage workshop in Southern California in 1945, over the years Mattel has developed into a global toy manufacturer.   Even though headquarter in El Segundo, California, Mattel was outsourcing to over 43 countries.   When making a choice to go global a company is always faced with outsourcing.   As per our reading we see that Mattel chooses to outsource to Asia in the 1980’s and built facilities in the 1990’s in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore.   Being global comes with a lot of responsibility and its fair share of scrutiny.   In 2007 Mattel, Incorporated was brought before congress due to a toy safety issue.   Mattel made a massive recall because of the lead pain being placed on toys that were being manufactured out of China. The purpose of using lead paint on these toys was to intensify color, dry faster, and increase durability.   Lead paint is also potent neuro- toxin and potentially dangerous to children who might ingest bits of paint. (page 561)   Of course Mattel products are geared towards children and the recall terrified parents as well as consumer activists; which sent them into an uproar because of the fact the lead paint could harm their children.   Unfortunately for Mattel this can affect someone in Congress child down to a no name individual that no one will ever know.   I think Mattel knowing this could affect anyone and also leave a distain, Mattel made a gargantuan recall.   Mattel was not totally irresponsible because they did have guidelines in place to maintain a certain level of professionalism and safety or a code of conduct called “Global Manufacturing Principals.”(page 562).
Therefore do I believe that Mattel acted in a socially responsible and ethical manner with regard to the safety of its toys?   Yes, I do feel...

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