“I’ve had the pleasure of working with many people over the years who have helped me to become a better entrepreneur,” says Dara O’Neil, a unicorn toy company cofounder and founder of Barbie Toys, a startup she founded in 2013 with her husband, John.
O’Neill says she had the opportunity to work with people like former CEO Mark Zuckerberg, cofounder Steve Wozniak and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
“These are people who have built businesses based on the idea of creating the best possible product,” she says.
“And when they found out that those products weren’t the best products, they realized they didn’t have a shot to create that product anymore.
So they’ve had to go through a very painful process to make the best product that they possibly can.”
And they do it on a small scale.
A new report from the non-profit Oxfam International says that while the U.S. ranks number one in the percentage of its GDP spent on labor by companies, it has the third-worst rate in the industrialized world for labor in the hands of factory workers.
That’s because U.K. companies, as well as France, Germany and Sweden, account for about three-quarters of all U.N. data on factory wages.
And the report estimates that U.A.E. companies make more than half of all their labor in sweatshop labor, despite the fact that only about 2% of their workforce is unionized.
“It’s just not worth it,” O’Neal says.
Oceanside-based Oceansider has been making toys for more than 50 years and currently makes toys for brands including Walmart, Target, and Starbucks.
“We’re the only company that has the same level of labor-intensive work as factories in China,” Oceansiders CEO Kevin Tipton says.
But as the company’s manufacturing facility in Mexico was shut down in 2016, Tiptons was forced to shift operations.
“If you look at the data, the manufacturing workforce is about 10% of the workforce in the U, and it’s much less than in China, where there are many factories that produce the same product,” he says.
And for that reason, Oceansisterts business is dependent on workers in Mexico and other countries.
“When we make a product in Mexico, the workers are here in the factories and they’re trained to manufacture the product in that factory,” Tiptont says.
So for a toy company like Oceansaverys, its business is made even more difficult because it needs to hire workers to make a specific product, and even more expensive labor for them to get the product to market.
And even with the help of Oxfam, the company can’t afford to hire its workers on a permanent basis.
In an email, Oxfam’s spokesperson, Rebecca Moulton, said, “We would like to emphasize that Oxfam does not advocate boycotts against a specific company.
We urge all parties to work together to develop a comprehensive strategy to tackle the root causes of low wage labor and the lack of rights and protections for workers. “
But Oxfam and its partners in the international movement against sweatshops have an urgent obligation to address the problem of low-wage labor and to protect workers rights and social security in all its forms.
“Our analysis of that report will show that Oxam’s data is not only clear but accurate and will also provide us with important insights into the problems of low wages and unfair labor practices that affect millions of people worldwide. “
In the coming months, Oxam will publish a detailed analysis of the data to be released in conjunction with our Global Work Report,” Moulston wrote.
Oceanserverys toys are made with recycled plastic, but Tiptond says that only 2% are recycled in their manufacturing process. “
For a company like Oxfam that relies on low-skilled workers in the production of its products, the fact is that Oxa is not just making products that are good for the environment, but that are also good for workers, for communities and for the planet.”
Oceanserverys toys are made with recycled plastic, but Tiptond says that only 2% are recycled in their manufacturing process.
“Most of the rest is sent back to China, Japan, and the U