HAPE MISSION & PHILOSOPHY
Hape believes that the future begins and belongs to our children. It is our duty to leave them with infinite possibilities, not unsolvable problems. Our toys are created to inspire play, learning, and exploration of the world we live in; through responsible business practices, we aspire to leave the world in a better condition than when we received it.
Hape toys are designed first and foremost for children. Each product is developed to enhance a child’s developmental skills. Neither language, nor culture, nor gender impedes the intuitive play patterns. What children see as fun, parents and educators recognize as age-appropriate learning basics; social, sensory, physical, and emotional skills. Using natural materials, water-based paints, and strict quality and safety standards make every Hape toy an investment kids will love and parents can trust.
HAPE COMPANY PROFILE
Hape Toys is one of the world’s largest producers of toys made from sustainable materials. Hape toys are both creatively designed and eco-friendly. Neither culture, nor language, nor gender inhibits the intuitive process of play. All of the products meet, and more often, exceed the strictest international standards for quality and safety. But behind the innovative designs and meticulous quality lies the even stronger ethos of Hape.
From the beginning of the design process, through production and delivery, to the final unwrapping of the consumer packaging, Hape toys are a collaboration of global thinking and responsible ecology.
In addition to using particular materials and methods, Hape seeks out people who bring a new sensibility to the process. A collaboration of international and local employees creates a global corporate culture with a particular understanding and respect for the world in which we live. Sustainability, education, innovation and fun. Hape Toys represents the next generation of
Safety and quality
Their products meet safety and quality standards EN71 (European norm of toys) and ASTM (American Society of Testing Materials) of the countries they are destined.
All Chemical materials are controlled immediately after they are delivered and received. Every delivery is tested by a certified external lab.
They update their product test report every year utilizing an independent qualified lab.
They estimate the product material, design and technology needed at every product development stage and follow an established documented professional procedure. Compliance with this repeatable procedure assures high volume production of safe and 100% quality products.
Physical safety test in every cycle
In every production cycle, they perform a physical safety test for the first batch of each new product. If any material or design is improved we re-certify that our products meet all safety and quality standards.
Non-profit quality standards
FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests. We are providing customers with FSC products to support the idea.
Public-Private Partnership programs
Educating suppliers and neighbours about the advantages of sustainability and responsible handling of resources ensures that the practices will multiply. Hape is intimately connected to local as well as global communities. On-going technical assistance programs have helped rural communities create sustainable local economies. Hape has built 3 schools in rural Guizhou, providing opportunities for playing and learning for over 3000 children and their families.
Hape is currently building a world-class Early Childhood Education Center and Environmental Development facility in Gongtong. Education will enable children to experience the beauty of nature, traditional Chinese culture, local resources, and universal play. The Campus will include facilities to host research and educational groups who are exploring the use of bamboo and other natural materials.
HAPE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
As the world’s largest producer of wooden toys, Hape is clearly dependent on the use of natural materials. A full line of bamboo toys takes advantage of the special properties of this highly renewable material. Plastic parts are ensured durable enough to last for generations in order to encourage toys to be passed down rather than tossed out.
Hape has strategically considered surface treatment, energy consumption, and packaging options to minimize environmental impact and maximize efficiency.
Byproducts and Waste
Hape has introduced key processes to ensure that the variety of by-products produced cause minimal impact to the environment. A water purification system utilizes limited or no chemicals to release the cleansed water back into circulation.
Shipping & Transport
Hape buys materials from 10 countries and sells to over 50. Locating the Hape factory only 3km from Ningbo-Zhoushan Harbor, one of the largest ports in the world, created transportation as well as ecological advantages.