Cards Against Humanity Highlights Unfair Working Conditions
Cards Against Humanity is a game which folks either love or loathe. As a company, they wear their politics on their sleeve regularly talking about donating to charities or starting a scholarship fund to get women involved in STEM careers.
This year the card game is holding another holiday tie-in, this time sending eight gifts in honor of Hanukkah. The gifts have been a range of items including socks, some game cards, and in the sixth package a comic and items from their printer in China including photos and a letter regarding the two’s relationship.
The company included a long letter about the manufacturer saying as their printing has grown, so has the printer. But, what’s interesting is the company’s focus on the wages and working conditions, both of which are “excellent.” What they have done different though is give the workers something they don’t have, a paid vacation.
Below is the letter included with the package:
Like many of the physical products we buy, Cards Against Humanity and most of these gifts are made in China. This is something a lot of companies don’t like to draw attention to, and as a result Americans often don’t see the labor that goes into the things they buy. But we’ve always viewed the way our stuff is made as a part of who we are.
Our printer in China has grown with us from a small business to a huge operation, and it’s important to us to go above and beyond our obligation to the workers who make our game. While our factory provides excellent wages and working conditions, Chinese working conditions are generally more strict. This year, we used the money from one day of our holiday promotion to give our workers something very uncommon in China: a paid vacation.
The printer didn’t have any formal procedures for paid vacations, so we bought 100% of the factory’s capacity and paid them to produce nothing for a week, giving the people who make CAH an unexpected chance to visit family or do whatever they pleased.
This doesn’t undo the ways that all of us profit from unfair working conditions around the world, but it’s a step in the right direction. Enclosed you’ll find some thank-you notes and vacation photos from our factory staff.
– Cards Against Humanity
Bravo to the CAH team, and think about this small act when making gift purchases this holiday season.