Samsung Suspends Business With Supplier Due to Proof of Child Labor.
Samsung has been investing a recent allegation of child labor from one of its supplier’s China factory during the previous week, after New York-based Watchdog China Labor Watch (CLW) accused the Korean company of employing underaged workers at Shinyang Electronics.
Currently, Samsung has just announced that it has “temporarily suspended business with he factory in question” after it was indeed found evidence of child labor at the factory. This comes despite Samsung earlier stating that it didn’t find any cases of child Labor even after managing to conduct audits on three occasions during 2013, with the latest one ending during June 25th of this year.
“In the separate investigation following the CLW allegations, however, Samsung found evidence of (an) illegal hiring process that took place on June 29. The Chinese authorities are also looking into the case,” Samsung now says.
Within its report, CLW states that it sent and undercover investigator into the Shinyang factory during June this year, and uncovered over five child works (under the age of 16 years old) by just the third day, with evidence of more in subsequent days. It noted down that Shinyang hired child labor and underage student workers during the busy seasons as it was in urgent need of labor. The miners were said to work up to 11 hours a day for a total of three to six months, without receiving any overtime pay and social insurance.
Samsung added that if the investigations concluded that the supplier had indeed hired children illegally, it will be “permanently” stopped doing business with said supplier.
“It is unfortunate that the allegation surfaced despite Samsung’s efforts to prevent child labor at its suppliers. As part of its pledge against child labor, Samsung routinely conducts inspections to monitor its suppliers in China to ensure they follow the commitment, and has provided necessary support,” it said.