Samsung suppliers once again accused of providing poor working conditions

Samsung suppliers once again accused of providing poor working conditions
It seems that the working conditions across Samsung's Chinese facilities and more than 100 local suppliers haven't improved a lot since 2012, when the giant was publicly accused of employing minors and treating its workers harshly. Back then, Samsung had promised to improve the working conditions by the end of 2014, but, unfortunately, it appears that the company is pretty far from meeting that goal. This was revealed by the company's annual social responsibility report, which was outed just yesterday.

Said report mentions that a 3rd-party audit from December 2013, which cover roughly half of Samsung's contractors across China, has found out that a large number of these still fail to provide all of their workers with adequate protective gear, such as safety goggles, masks, etc. In addition, the employees in question have been illegally forced to work overtime without being paid, which is still a big issue in China.

Around 40 suppliers also failed to procure proper evacuation drills, which raises serious safety issues. You might remember that since the beginning of 2014, not one, but two major cases of fire have caused certain production delays and complications for Samsung. Luckily, no workers got injured in the mishaps.

Fortunately, the audit did not find any cases of child labor in Samsung's own facilities. However, 48 suppliers employed minors, and to top it off, the latter were handling hazardous chemicals.

It is also important to say that the external audit covers roughly 100 of Samsung's Chinese facilities, which are around 200. We can only hope that the uninspected ones provide better working conditions.


source: Samsung via The Guardian

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15 Comments

1. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Money money money...

12. engineer-1701d unregistered

money............................money!

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

I heard security there are extremely stringent with airport like security checks at the various entrances with all recording devices confiscated.

3. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

The real devil is samsung. hi5 Apple, the world changer deserves what it is now.

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Samsung investigated its suppliers and came to this conclusion. Like Apple did a few months ago.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Everyone in PA should seriously stop feeding attention to this attention seeker.

8. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

Where is democracy in the us when you guys shut other's mouth not to talk about something that is not tie favorite. And btw, in not an attention seeker, I love Apple, that's my right, my feeling I have freedom to talk. Obama shall do something about this.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Lol this has nothing to do with Obama. The biggest issue is with China. They allow these big companies to produce devices super cheap and keep the workers starving. It wouldn't even be possible in developed countries.

10. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

Don't blame china for this. If they wouldn't make the wage lower than other's, all companies, esp the big ones would close their factories already. And the world economy depends on China's. I'd like to see what the world would be when China economy overtakes the us.

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Dafuq? I was saying that it's Chinas fault that the workers are kept in horrible conditions. It's not something the US should or even could do anything about. And the problem is not just China. It's all of the developing countries. China will most likely eventually pass US as the biggest economy. But so what? It wouldn't change anything. Their human rights would still be on medieval level. But hopefully sometime in the future they too will realize that even factory workers are humans.

14. engineer-1701d unregistered

wow you know nothing about politics do you, pay off the gov and do what you want, same in every country

13. engineer-1701d unregistered

no he wont he likes apple remember allow iphone 4 ban lift but stop samsung, also apples foxxcon people kill themselves and do a lot worse, its the 3rd world kids want money so they work illegally

4. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I am so SHOCKED!! Samsung would never do that... Oh my...

5. neiljay6

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

OMG! This is a report made by Samsung about some of its Chinese suppliers. Both Samsung and apple have the same issues with Chinese labor.

15. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Poor samsung workers this galaxy note 3 will be my last samsung item not only because of this article because of the crap they load into their software. But back to the matter at hand that's wrong to force a worker to work over time without paying them the things we take for granted is the same things people like this are forced to do to provide us Americans fancy hi tech products for 10 times the price.

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