Samsung Says its Manufacturer Doesn’t Employ Child Workers

September 4, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

After getting lambasted by critics for inking a partnership deal with an electronics manufacturer notorious for employing child workers, customer electronics giant Samsung has ruled out the allegations of child labor by its partners through an official response.

According to the response, the South Korean firm has promised that it has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to child labor violations.

The company said it is now conducting field audits in its facilities in China. The field audits will scan the facilities owned by the suppliers as well as those owned by the company to spot any instances of the violation of Samsung’s policies on child labor.

Samsung was caught in a controversy when China Labor Watch, a non-profit group working for solving supply chain labor issues and to stop menaces like child labor, reported that HEG Electronics, one of the manufacturing partners of Samsung, employed seven under-aged children. HEG Electronics assemble DVD players and Smartphone for Samsung.

To keep the corporate identity clean, Samsung had sent a group of investigators to find out the facts. The team found out that HEG Electronics did employ some students or interns who were under 18 years of age, but not under 16 years, which means they can be employed as per the rules in China.

However, the team has found that some employees were working overtime, violating local regulations and were not able to access medical clinics. The team also found that the workers were fined for being late.

Now, Samsung plans to send the field audit team to all 105 Chinese companies that have a manufacturing deal with Samsung.

The company is also planning to implement new guidelines and regulations for its manufacturing partners.

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