Samsung Accused of Child Labor By China Labor Watch.
Samsung Eelctronics stated on Thursday that it shall investigate recent allegation accusing them of using child labor for one of their supply factories based in China.
China Labor Watch said earlier it had found several cases of underage workers at a Samsung supplier known as Shinyang Electronics in Dongguan, China.
“We are urgently looking into the latest allegations and will take appropriate measures in accordance with our policies to prevent any cases of child labor in our suppliers,” the world’s largest smartphone maker said in a statement.
According to investigations by the New York-based watchdog, the Shinyang factory hires children and underage students during busy periods and when in “urgent need of labor.” Shinyang makes cellphone covers and parts for Samsung.
The alleged underage workers are usually employed for three to six months, work for 11 hours a day and are only paid for 10 of those hours, the watchdog said in a statement.
The claims follow an annual sustainability report published by Samsung on June 30 in which the company said a third-party audit of 100 of its suppliers in China last year found “no instances of child labor.” It wasn’t immediately clear whether Shinyang was one of the 100 suppliers covered in the audit.
Samsung also stood by its previous assertion regarding child labor, saying in Thursday’s statement that “no cases of child labor were found, ” during the audits that were conducted–either internally or through a third-party–in March 2013, in August 2013, and again in June 2014.
China Labor Watch, however, called Samsung’s monitoring system “ineffective.”
“We are moving as fast as possible to address the labor-related issues that have been identified from our own and third-party audits,” Samsung said, noting that it routinely conducts inspections and monitors suppliers to ensure proper labor practices.