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Hasbro's reply to the letter as performative care *

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March 22, 2004

Dear Miss Cooley,

Mr. Verrecchia has forwarded your letter to us. We appreciate your taking the time to share your feelings with us.

As a global provider of game and toy brands for children, the conditions under which our products are manufactured are matters of serious and long-term concern to Hasbro. We are committed to ensuring that our products are manufactured under safe, humane and non-exploitative conditions.In fact, as early as 1993, Hasbro established its Global Business Ethics Principles as the Code of Conduct. Participation in the Hasbro program is mandatory for all of our suppliers and vendors. Among many important areas, the Code of Conduct governs the following categories of standards:

• child labor
• work hours and pay
• forced, prison, or indentured labor
• health and safety
• abuse and discrimination
• freedom of association and
• monitoring

As indicated above, Hasbro's Code of Conduct clearly sets forth the standards under which vendors may manufacture Hasbro products, with auditing and monitoring rights for Hasbro. All factories located in the Far East manufacturing Hasbro products are audited by Hasbro and by independent firms hired by Hasbro.

Hasbro works with the worldwide toy industry as a member of the Toy Industry Association, Inc. (TIA) and sits on committees and forums to strengthen workplace standards and compliance. For example, Hasbro was at the forefront of developing industry-wide standards for fire prevention and emergency preparedness through the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI). In addition, Hasbro was a principal drafter of the factory audit checklists for the ICTI Code of Business Practices.

Hasbro is a leader in the area of global working conditions and is proud of its efforts, on behalf of both the company and the toy industry in general. Given Hasbro's strong commitment to the Global Business Ethics Principles, its extensive independent monitoring program and its industry activism, I hope you will agree that we, like you, do indeed care about how our products are manufactured.



Ann Marie Ferrini
Consumer Affairs Support Representative 03/17/04 732/1 B 3578 AMF/amfMA040319


* This hybrid notion of performative care is used here with respect for the work of J. K. Gibson-Graham in her book The End of Capitalism (as we knew it): a Feminist Critique of Political Economy. She conceived of and uses the concept of performative force in her prescriptive analysis of the relationship of people and economic structure. See Part VII, herein.

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