Samsung finds evidence of child labor at Chinese supplier, suspends business with company

July 14, 2014
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Last week New York-based China Labor Watch accused Shinyang Electronics of illegally hiring children to produce Samsung products in Dongguan. Furthermore, the watchdog claimed Samsung was overlooking the situation. Samsung immediately responded saying that their internal audits showed no signs of child labor usage, although they vowed to look into the matter thoroughly.

As it turns out, a separate investigation conducted by Samsung in response to CLW’s accusations has turned up evidence of an “illegal hiring process that took place on June 29”. As a result, Samsung has now temporarily halted business with the supplier, until further notice.

In an official blog post, Samsung says that the Chinese authorities are looking into the case and states that “if the investigations conclude that the supplier indeed hired children illegally, Samsung will permanently halt business with the supplier.” For Samsung’s part they say they remain committed to preventing child labor and “it is unfortunate that the allegation surfaced despite Samsung’s efforts to prevent child labor at its suppliers.”

We will never know with any real certainty whether or not Samsung really turned a blind eye to the situation as the CLW implies, or if the illegal hiring was truly out of Samsung’s hands and completely the fault of the supplier. Either way, Samsung is far from the only company that has ran into these types of situations, making it clear that illegal child labor is still very much a real problem, despite global efforts to stop it.

Comments

  • dkbnyc

    How else are these companies going to maximize profit? Surely they know that certain countries hired child labor to keep cost down. It’s the reason they flock to them. Apple, Samsung, just about any company taking it’s manufacturing overseas is guilty of this. Cheap labor. They all do it. Why pay a living wage when you can pay a 12 year old 20 dollars a year?

  • impatientone

    If those kids were assembling the Note 4, they better get back to it!! I want mine on time!

    • averymlewis

      Lol too funny

  • Arturo Raygoza

    “Samsung finds evidence of child labor at Chinese supplier” lol what they do? Open the front door??

  • john

    I’m not sure why people are flaming at these companies. The problem with child labors have always been an issue of public welfare, not of corporation. Lax labor laws allows for lower wage for children, hence favoring them over mature labor. Poor economic situation forces children to work instead of educating themselves. It’s a matter of government infrastructure.