Cards Against Humanity Does An Amazing Thing For Factory Workers

December 20th 2015

Taylor Bell

Makers of Cards Against Humanity, the popular party game that pairs "adult" humor with socially relevant topics, gave their factory workers in China something they don't see everyday, a paid vacation, the Chicago Tribune reports.

It happened as part of their "Eight Sensible Gifts For Hanukkah" promotion. For the eight nights of Hanukkah the company gave out different gifts, which included socks, donations to Chicago's public media, and a week's paid vacation for its Chinese factory workers.

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In a blog post the game's makers pointed out that although most companies don't like to "draw attention" to the fact that many of the products that people consume are made in China, it is important to recognize the people working hard to mass produce the products so many people enjoy.

"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," the makers wrote. "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 concept of a paid vacation is very uncommon in China. More than 72 percent of Chinese workers have not taken a paid vacation in the last three years, The New York Times reported. And fewer than 14 percent of Chinese workers have taken one paid vacation in the last three years. However, the Times also reported that government officials and state-run-companies were more likely to take paid vacations.

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Prior to the decision to give its Chinese factory workers time off, Cards Against Humanity did not have a system in place that allowed for paid vacations according to the company's blog post. Seeing the problem, Cards Against Humanity bought 100 percent of the factory's capacity and paid the workers to produce nothing for a week, giving them a chance to do whatever they pleased.

And many of them took the time to spend with family.

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Even though the game's makers did not disclose if they would permanently introduced paid vacations, they hope this gesture will spark effective change.

"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," Cards Against Humanity said in their blog post.