• Top Ten Places to Work in Illinois 2009-2013; #1 Small Workplace in Illinois in 2015!
• Top 50 America’s Best Small and Medium Companies to Work for 2010-2013; 2015
• Crain’s Best Places to Work in Chicago 2010-2013
Amy Bastuga, VP of Human Resources
“Our goal is to create a great workplace where everyone says, ‘I love my job,’ where all of our teams are engaged, and all “Flyers” are highly focused and motivated. We do this with a rigorous 10-step hiring process that brings in people who align with our values and we take the time to train new Flyers in all aspects of our business. Our Wagon U helps existing Flyers develop their talents and reach their potential, spending an annual average of 31 hours per Flyer on training. Our eight internal committees (Safety Team, SMILE Squad, EcoFlyers and others) offer additional leadership and collaborative opportunities for Flyers.”
To further our mission to improve our communities, we provide our U.S. “Flyers” with 24 paid hours for volunteering in community service projects. This includes their participation in company-wide SMILE day events such as our playground-building project (see below).
Active play is a powerful thing. Playgrounds build muscles, imagination, and community and help children develop the skills they need to become successful adults. At Radio Flyer, not only do we enable outdoor play through our wagons and trikes, we also build playgrounds. We have built five playgrounds in under-served Chicago neighborhoods over the past five years through a partnership with KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that kids have opportunities for active play.
Brittney Snow, Sr. communications Coordinator:
“It’s important for us as “Flyers” to give back to the community. We closed the office for a day and joined with members of the community to build a playground at St. Stephen’s Terrace, near our Chicago headquarters. This was my first year as a project leader so I got to see behind the scenes. I met with parents who just want a safe place for their kids to play. While we were building, the kids were so excited, watching outside the fence and asking ‘how much longer?’
We weren’t just building a playground; we were coming together as a community. It’s no wonder most of our “Flyers” cite this day as their favorite of the year.”
El Paso Children’s Hospital received wagon donations from Radio Flyer in 2014 and 2013 via the Starlight Foundation.
The RF International team provides annual support to an orphanage for disabled children, the Shenzhen Huayang Special School.
The health, safety, and fair treatment of the workers in the manufacturing plants where our suppliers make our products is a critical aspect of the sustainability of our products.
Our products are manufactured in the United States and overseas. 99.9% of our overseas volume comes from suppliers who have received the “ICP Seal of Compliance" and we are working toward our goal of 100%. This seal means that the facilities have been audited and met the standards of the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) ethical manufacturing program, called the ICTI CARE Process (ICP). The Seal of Compliance ensures that these facilities have responsible practices in the areas of health and safety, child and forced labor, working hours and wages, discrimination and disciplinary practices, and social benefits.
The ICP Seal is required for all overseas factories that manufacture products sold to one of our major customers. This helps companies such as ours promote positive change in our supply chains. Less than one percent of our products are manufactured at a new supplier that does not yet meet the ICP requirements; our goal is to work with that supplier to get the certification by 2017.