New reports of child labor in Samsung's supply chain

New reports of child labor in Samsung's supply chain
Two years after first revealing the exploitation of child labor in Samsung's supply chain, CLW (China Labor Watch) has once again exposed similar violation amongst the manufacturer's contractors, this time at a factory called Shinyang Electronics in Dongguan, China.

The watchdogs report that they have sent an undercover investigator into the Shinyang factory in June this year, who, in a matter of days, has found five child workers, with evidence suggesting there may be more.

Since the bulk of Samsung's orders are usually seasonal, manufacturers like Shinyang choose to get around proper hiring procedures and instead employ children and teenagers to alleviate the workload and help meet deadlines. Busy seasons last from 3 to 6 months, during which time child workers will usually labor for around 11 hours per day with no overtime pay, no social insurance and no severance pay once the order is complete and the illegal workers are laid off.

Samsung claims in its 2014 sustainability report, exquisitely titled “Global Harmony”, that it has inspected the working conditions at 200 suppliers in 2013 and "no instances of child labor were found".

Contrary to said report, in just this one supplier's factory, CLW has found several children, working for 11 hours per day, while being paid for 10. Other uncovered violations include unpaid overtime wages, excessive overtime, lack of social insurance, lack of pre-job safety training, no protective equipment in a harmful environment, discriminatory hirings, workers made to sign blank contracts, illegal resignation requirements, potential audit fraud, broad and easily bendable company regulations, a lack of any union, and poor living conditions.

For the last 2 years, the CLW has repeatedly exposed labor violations in Samsung's supply chain, as the smartphone giant has yet to effectively implement its own code of conduct and social commitments. According to CLW, the manufacturer's reports are all fluff and no substance, looking to appease investors, instead of actually taking care of the issue.

source: SamMobile via China Labor Watch

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22 Comments

1. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Shame on you Samsung! I can't believe that Samsung copied Apple's slavery. :D

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apple =/= Foxconn

21. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

so if you own a business and you contract out some work to another business, and they do something illegal should everyone point the finger at your business? If you knew and simply turned as blind eye or didnt bother to check then sure I can understand being persecuted. But I don't see any mention in here that Samsung knew their contract partner was doing this. Until this is stated why point the finger at Samsung (or Apple in there own cases) point the finger at the contract manufacturer, this contract manufacturer probably has contracts with several other businesses, but this article only mentions Samsung so everyone blames Samsung, Just like Foxconn built products for other companies other than Apple. I'm not saying Samsung are completely innocent, only that this article doesn't explicitly state Samsung's wrong doing in any way other than to link them as having a contract with the actual company at fault.

10. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

shamesung

15. RoundhouseMcGee

Posts: 188; Member since: May 25, 2014

LOL. Yup, lawsuit incoming.

19. engineer-1701d unregistered

i don't see why this is a problem at age 12 I was working 13 hours a day m-f and 7 he's sat and sun. they need the money plus what else are they going to do steal food on street and do porn. in that country to have 10 he's paid and 1 not for breaks is fine

2. Ashoaib

Posts: 3273; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

(Samsung claims in its 2014 sustainability report, exquisitely titled “Global Harmony”, that it has inspected the working conditions at 200 suppliers in 2013 and "no instances of child labor were found") hey Sammy! these factories are not fool... they will not show you children when your representative will visit the factories... hire some under cover investigator and cure your ignorance... dont act an apple, like "everything is fine" and "strict measures has been taken".... Either you are fooling us or fooling your ownself

4. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Grow up fandroids! This is not another Samsung vs Apple or Android vs iOS battle. This is a problem in humanity! Everything is not about Apple vs Samsung! Apple have been trying hard to increase the working conditions in these factories and trying to fix these illegal labor issues while Samsung just keep their mouth shut like nothing is wrong!!

16. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Funny. Criticizing "fanboyism" and trashing Samsung/praising Apple at the same time. You should have stopped at =they are both wrong. Both have taken "steps". But only after being busted. "What? Child labor? I was sure those kids, I mean workers were at least 12!"

5. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

"hire some under cover investigator and cure your ignorance... dont act an apple, " Yup But better hire CLW (China Labor Watch),and some menial media, like Apple did. Right? See how "clean" are now the factories working for Apple?????

3. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Not Samsung's fault.

7. alfadolla

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

wow as if Samsung doesn't have enough money to pay there worker's... child labor is wrong in those conditions.....I won't be buying in off there young blood products

13. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Samsung doesn't pay any worker in that factory. Their supplier (partner) does it. What Samsung paid to the supplier is the cost of goods

8. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

There's no way this is a true story; it's a documented fact that all of China's children are working feverishly at Foxconn with the iPhone 6 production and, therefore, there are no other children available to fill jobs anywhere else in China.

9. drazwy

Posts: 354; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Adding Samsung to my list of Do Not Buy. Pretty soon i'm going to have to give up buying anything from anyone.

11. tokuzumi

Posts: 1862; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

These are third party companies fulfilling orders for Samsung. Samsung can't watch over these warehouses 24/7. If these were Samsung facilities, and Samsung workers, there would be no excuse for letting this happen. If I were a Samsung purchasing agent, I'd tell my supplier employing children that I'm looking to have my orders fulfilled elsewhere if they don't get their act together.

12. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I totally agree with you, it's like everyone expecting Mr Obama to stand at the U.S./Mexican border and stop the illegal influx of children from Central America coming into the U.S. via Mejico (waaaay). If you stand on this self-riteous moral high ground then I motion for impeachment.

14. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

ditto for Obama

17. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

This is what we get for buying all the products made overseas. Why do you think those lead filled toys at Walmart are so cheap? As long as we keep buying this stuff, they will keep making, then turn a blind eye. (Typed on my Note 3. Skillfully crafted by the finest child labor money can buy)

18. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

Aha! This is why all Samsung smartphone and tablet are cheap price because those employees of Samsung are underage and they don't get any good benefits and salary.

20. engineer-1701d unregistered

China is not America you don't get salary look at gm over paid non working factory workers think they should get more for little work

22. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

is this true sammy?

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