Samsung tells suppliers in China that they have two years to stop illegal work practices

Samsung tells suppliers in China that they have two years to stop illegal work practices
An audit that Samsung conducted on 65,000 employees in China, covering 105 of the suppliers it uses in the country, revealed some illegal practices that the suppliers were doing, including the use of excessive overtime. This followed complaints made in August by labor rights group China Labor Watch that Samsung suppliers were hiring children and that working conditions were "inhumane".  In September, some Samsung suppliers were said to have used illegal discriminatory hiring practices.

Samsung did face-to-face checks on employees under 18 and found no children working at the factories. What the Korean based manufacturer found was employees who worked overtime beyond legal limits and workers who were fined for being absent or tardy. The tech titan has been auditing suppliers in China over the last four weeks and is continuing to audit another 144 of its suppliers in the country. Samsung says its suppliers must meet local laws as well as the Samsung Supplier Code of Conduct.

In August, China Labor Watch said an investigation during June and July found that employees under the age of 16 were working alongside its investigators at a HEG Electronics (Huizhou) factory. Samsung uses parts made at the plant for its mobile handsets among other products. China Labor Watch claims that 50 to 100 workers at the factory were children with the youngest being 14, getting paid just 70% of adult wages. According to China Labor Watch, "...these child workers were often required to carry-out dangerous tasks that resulted in injury." Contract manufacturer Foxconn, used by Apple to assemble its mobile devices, admitted last month that it hired a number of children through a "school program." Foxconn workers for years have complained about conditions at the factories with some allegedly committing suicide.

In September, Samsung promised to investigate the practice of using child labor although hiring children seems to be a seasonal issue seen when school is out in the summer from early July to late August. Samsung said that the hiring practices of its suppliers must be changed and any supplier found to employ children in its labor force will lose Samsung's business. Additionally, Samsung said that reducing overtime hours is a top goal for the company, with overtime beyond legal limits coming to an end by 2014. Longer-term measures related to employees hours will be developed at the end of this year.

Samsung says it continues its "zero-tolerance" policy on child labor and asks its suppliers to purchase electronic devices that can help its suppliers detect phony IDs. Additionally, Samsung wants suppliers to cap temporary workers at 30% of full time workers. By the end of the year, Samsung wants its suppliers to provide safety training and equipment, train managers on sexual harassment and physical and verbal abuse and eliminate the fines/punishment system among other things.


source: Samsung, China Labor Watch via Guardian
 

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41 Comments

1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Foto: "Picture of young workers at a Samsung supplier's factory" Any proof that this photo is from Samsung supplier's factory? Because it may be any random foto from WWW.

4. kalandershihab

Posts: 57; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

why do you think the source is posted in the article? feel free to check this out: chinalaborwatch.org/pro/proshow-175.html and when its apple you can accept it even when there is no source :/

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"why do you think the source is posted in the article?" Yes, I already saw that. These photos are taken by "China Labor Watch" as a proof but there is one problem because these photos doesn't provide any information that these kids are from Samsung supplier's factory. Anyway I don't say that "China Labor Watch" tell lies! I just say that these photos doesn't provide any proves that these kids are from Samsung supplier's factory because in these photos I can see just a few random kids sitting in the street. "and when its apple you can accept it even when there is no source :/" Any proof for such proposition? You see, I don't care it is Samsung, Apple, HTC or Nokia because in this case my point was that internet is full of various kind of propaganda and you always have to analyze all incoming information and decide it is truth or just untrusted information. In this case I tend to believe in "China Labor Watch" words but again these photos doesn't say nothing!

39. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

China is such a messed up to children country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly. Phonearenauser is a notorious cover upper when its got something to do with android.

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Where do you see here Android?

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude ur not fooling anyone. We all read ur posts all day everyday. So please...save it.

17. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Dude ur not fooling anyone." And I'm not trying to fool someone! Yes, I dont like Apple and I'm not trying to hide it! Where do you see that I'm trying to deny that? But again WHERE DO YOU SEE HERE ANDROID ?

20. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

your photo

21. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

My photo what?

28. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

That's where everyone sees android

30. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

You mean my avatar, but in your avatar there is also Android. :)

32. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Don't try to be a smarta*s. you avatar contains a photo. My photo contains a dead android, which means I don't support them

33. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

In comment #9 darkkjedii has wrote: "Phonearenauser is a notorious cover upper when its got something to do with android." Then I have answered: "Where do you see here Android?" Because this article is not about Android. I wasn't talking about user avatars! :D Yes, I saw that Android in your avatar is dead. :(

35. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

You will never get a straight answer from strikercho...aka Quezdagreat....

19. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

iHate to burst your bubble but, this is not some random World Wide Web photo, it is an actual photo taken inside Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.. It's really sad what's happening with child slave labor in the World.

22. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"It's really sad what's happening with child slave labor in the World." Agree.

2. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

As much power the Chinese government has, it really should have its own fully-functional OSHA by now, if only to stop bad press about itself and its citizens. Yes, the OEMs should require the factories to hold a certain standard, but the factories should be willing to do that on their own, not be forced by the OEMs and/or government.

3. JeffdaBeat unregistered

See. It's not just Apple.

5. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

ofcourse the Samsung fans will have some excuse as always. But no matter what light you shed they only see apple as the evil company

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Here is an excuse for you: Samsung is bad because Samsung's suppliers ar bad but then Apple is also bad because Samsung is biggest Apple's supplier. :D

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

K we can accept that, but u constantly try to look past google/android negativity, but point out apples.

16. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And what about you? Anyway look at my comment #8 and notice these lines: "Anyway I don't say that "China Labor Watch" tell lies!" "I tend to believe in "China Labor Watch" words..." So I'm not in deny! ;)

40. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

At least they are taking measures to stop these and have given them a deadline, they themselves did these checks. Human rights groups had to check on Foxconn and Apple wasn't even a bit concerned.

25. Droiddoes unregistered

Difference is Samsung is trying to do something about it, whereas apple couldn't give two sh*ts about labor conditions in their plants.

6. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Apple, Samsung, & many other companies, disregard human rights in favor of higher profits. U.S. was doing much better (financially & morally) before all these bs. one way trade agreements with China. Just makes it easier for wealthy multinationals 2 exploit people... & Samsungs pledge 2 stop breaking the law in 2 years ? Since when is complying with the law optional ? This is what happens when government allows big business to police themselves.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post

7. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

go ahead fandriods sweep this under the rug like everything else. they get mad when its apple but they have nothing to say when it happens with their glorious and angelic samsung

34. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Samsung made a lot of products from china. Phone is just one item. Apple fans are too emotional to be logical. You have the freedom to choose apple products but can you read the words for the meaning without thinking about apple vs android.

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep...

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