Samsung does an Apple: announces no partner uses child labor

Those who are against child labor can now use Samsung devices without any reluctance. After severe criticism for partnering with an electronics manufacturer who employed child workers, Samsung has come up with the announcement that all employees at the manufacturing factory are of a legal working age.

In a statement issued by Samsung, the company has said, "Samsung holds itself and its supplier companies to the highest standards. We have a zero tolerance policy on child labor violations and are therefore conducting field audits to ensure all our facilities in China, whether supplier facilities or fully-owned facilities, are compliant with applicable labor laws and Samsung's labor and employment right policies."

According to report in Cnet yesterday, the investigators found some student workers and interns under 18 but older than 16 during their investigations. This meant their employment is legal in China. Apparently, the team didn't find anyone under the age of 16. The investigators did discover that some employees worked overtime "beyond local regulations," were fined for being late, and did not have access to medical clinics.

After a series of New York Times reports about alleging worker mistreatment and neglect at Chinese factories assembling Apple devices, Tim Cook, Apple CEO personally visited the Chinese factories in question. Later he stated at the Goldman Sachs Technology Conference, "The first thing that I would want everyone to know is that Apple takes working conditions very, very seriously, and we have for a very long time. Whether workers are in Europe or in Asia or in the United States, we care about every worker".

After reports by the watchdog, China Labor Watch saying Samsung's partner, HEG Electronics has employed at least seven children under the age of 16, the Korean tech giant decided to send an investigation team to China.

HEG assembles Samsung DVD players and mobile phones and according to the report by China Labor Watch child labor was prevalent in its factory and children face the “same harsh conditions” as adults but is paid less. The report also said that all 2,000 employees were obliged to work between 11 and 13 hours per day and are only given a 40-minute break to eat, as per the Cnet news report.


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