A new York-based watchdog called China Labor Watch has uncovered at least five cases of child labor at a factory that is contracted by Samsung in China.
Earlier this month, Samsung commissioned an independent survey to determine whether its suppliers were complying with Chinese regulations. The results of the survey indicated that most suppliers failed to meet adequate safety criteria, with a few factories letting workers under the age of 18 handling hazardous chemicals.
While there was no evidence of child labor in Samsung's survey, China Labor Watch's investigation revealed that a factory called Shinyang Electronics was hiring minors and underage students, making them work 11 hours a day without overtime pay or insurance. Samsung resounded in a statement to The Next Web stating that it was investigating the issue:
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.
For the supplier in question, we have conducted a thorough audit in March 2013 which was followed by a third party inspection in August 2013, and yet another one in June 2014. No cases of child labor were found during these audits.
Back in 2012, the watchdog revealed that Samsung was hiring underage workers in a factory in South Korea, which promoted the manufacturer to issue corrective measures and a more rigorous hiring process. As for the latest allegations, it remains to be seen as to how Samsung handles the issue.
Source: China Labor Watch