Responsible Business Principles

LEGO factory
Our aim is to ensure the rights and wellbeing of everyone involved in making LEGO products and to protect the environment. We work in a transparent way with suppliers who share this ambition and commitment. Our intention is to build long-term relationships , work together to solve challenges and identify opportunities and to reward those who strive for best practice.
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All our suppliers and partners must adhere to our Responsible Business Principles. We arrange regular third-party audits of our suppliers’ performance and work together with them to address improvement areas. Audits take place annually in high-risk countries, bi-annually in medium-risk countries and periodically in low-risk countries.
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The 12 Responsible Business Principles set out our expectations for our own production sites, suppliers and partners and relate to ethics, people, children and the environment. The LEGO Group’s approach to working with suppliers who show non-conformances during their audits is to work with them to identify the root cause, and support them in correcting issues within agreed timeframes. Our aim is to create long-term, sustainable solutions.

We are a member of the ICTI Ethical Toy Program and support industry collaboration to address common challenges and reduce audit fatigue. While we accept IETP audit reports as a means of evaluating supplier compliance, we also apply our own standards and requirements and conduct our own visits and monitoring of supplier performance.

In 2019 one supplier to the LEGO Group was included in a report from China Labor Watch alleging poor working conditions at five Chinese factories. We take such findings very seriously and are working with the supplier and the ICTI Ethical Toy Programme (IETP), to conduct a thorough review of conditions at the factory to address the issues raised. 

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Message to suppliers regarding COVID-19 and visits to LEGO Group locations.