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Mattel is guided by a philanthropic vision of "Making a meaningful difference, one child at a time."  Our philanthropic priorities are serving children in need worldwide through support of learning and literacy, health and wellbeing of children, girl empowerment and programs that bring joy to children globally. 


How WE Empower Others

Mattel, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels®, Matchbox® and American Girl®, as well as Fisher-Price® brands, including Little People®, Power Wheels® and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs approximately 30,000 people in 43 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. Mattel's vision is to be the world's premier toy brands—today and tomorrow.

Mattel has grown up to become the world’s largest toy maker, but its values and commitment to community reflect the family-owned business that started it all.  In 2009, Mattel is recognized among the "100 Best Corporate Citizens," as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and as one of FORTUNE Magazine’s "100 Best Companies to Work For." This year the Mattel Children’s Foundation also celebrates 31 years of making a meaningful difference in the lives of children worldwide through the volunteer program, toy donations, grant making and many other activities.

Ruth Handler, who died in 2002, played an integral role in the company’s early success. While small in stature, Ruth was an assertive businesswoman known for making big things happen. In 1959, she created the Barbie doll, the best-selling toy of all time, and continued to guide Mattel to become the world’s largest toymaker.  Ruth was one of the most successful pioneers of women in business, forging a path to the top of the corporate ladder at a time when few women dared to attempt a career as a top-level business executive.   

Ruth’s creation of the Barbie doll also has empowered generations of girls to imagine their own futures and aspire to be anything they want to be.  In 2009, Barbie celebrates her 50th birthday.  With more than 100 careers, including presidential candidate, Barbie and her fans have much to celebrate in 2009.

For more than six decades Mattel has set the pace for leadership, innovation and fun! Throughout its rich history, Mattel has proved itself as a company that empowers women in roles at every level, and in the highest ranks. This mindset was not created by committee or mandate, but from the very roots from which Mattel has grown.  Mattel’s support of The Women’s Conference is a natural extension and speaks to the company’s very DNA.

Mattel’s workforce is vibrant and diverse.  To help nurture this environment, Mattel works hard to empower its employees in a variety of ways – from affinity groups to its award-winning Leadership Development Center.   

Mattel also believes that empowering girls is an important focus, and with brands like Barbie continuing to pave the way for of future generations of women through aspirational play, we know that Barbie’s next 50 years will be even better.

Contact Information

Jules Andres
Director Corporate Communications
Mattel, Inc.
333 Continental Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245