The movie Cars 2, which so far made nearly $522 million worldwide, according to Yahoo News, is getting some pretty serious allegations.
Pixar was said to have made the Cars 2 movies because children absolutely love cars and the franchise sells toys! The Cars 2 toy “Lighting McQueen” was a huge favorite amongst the young ones, boys as well as girls.
So, why not keep making the Cars movies? They are making money! Here is the issue; however. According to reports from Yahoo News, Cars 2 is up against allegations of exploiting the child labor laws.
The Guardian discovered the follow facts and reported them immediately:
Disney’s best-selling “Cars” toys are being made in a factory in China that uses child labor and forces staff to do three times the amount of overtime allowed by law, according to an investigation.
During an uncover investigation, The Guardian alongside the human rights group Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, discovered the following reports:
- The factory, Sturdy Products, employed a 14-year-old, and “the presence of other child workers”.
- Three workers had become ill due to a combination of the chemicals in use and poor ventilation. Employees claimed “they had to hide pots of adhesive and thinners during audits of the factory by its client companies.”
- A Sturdy Products employee jumped to her death in May “after she was allegedly shouted at by [a] manager.”
Disney is taking these allegations very seriously and is launching an investigation. Yesterday, Disney made this statement, according to Yahoo News:
“We take these matters impacting our licensees and business partners very seriously and will continue to evaluate this situation based upon the information available to us.”
Also, Walmart, which sells Sturdy Products toys made for their suppliers, said:
“As soon as we learned of the allegations of human rights abuses at the Sturdy Products factory, we immediately launched an investigation. We are also in contact with the International Council of Toy Industries, a worldwide toy industry organization that is also investigating this issue. We take reports like this very seriously and we will implement a corrective action plan if our investigations confirm any of the findings. We remain committed to sourcing merchandise that is produced responsibly by suppliers that adhere to Walmart’s rigorous Standards for Suppliers code of conduct.”
What will this mean for Pixar and the Cars franchise? Time will tell.
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