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Samsung Investigating Child Labor Accusations
Following accusations of child labor abuse, Samsung will reportedly conduct its own investigation.
Following accusations of child labor abuse in China, Samsung will conduct its own investigation.
The Korean manufacturer is sending a team of inspectors to China “at the earliest possible time,” a Samsung spokeswoman said in a statement.
China Labor Watch conducted two investigations into Samsung supplier HEG Electronics in June and July, and found issues of child and student labor exploitation, among other issues.
“A serious light needs to be shined on these issues,” the group said in a statement Monday.
The watchdog group’s research indicated that child labor is a common practice in the factory, where student workers make up 80 percent of the workforce. Follow-up investigations suggested that there may have been 50 to 100 children working in the Huizhou factory.
“Those children were working under [the] same harsh conditions as adult workers, but were paid only 70 percent of the wages when compared with the formal employees,” China Labor Watch said in a press release.
Samsung said it “conducted two separate on-site inspections on HEG’s working conditions this year but found no irregularities on those occasions.” Still, it pledged to look again.
“Samsung Electronics is a company held to the highest standards of working conditions and we try to maintain that at our facilities and the facilities of partner companies around the world,” the company concluded.
Samsung rival Apple has also faced reports of poor working conditions at factories for its main supplier, Foxconn. Cupertino also conducted its own investigation, which uncovered excessive overtime and unsafe working conditions.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 2:25 p.m. Eastern with comment from Samsung.
By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag