Samsung Forced to Address Labor Issues at Chinese Suppliers

Following Apple, it was now the turn of Samsung to become the target of nonprofits investigating worker conditions in the South Korean company’s Chinese suppliers. After being accused of enforcing excessive overtime, allowing exhausting working conditions, treatmenting workers inhumanely and abusing underage workers, Samsung has been forced to take action.

Samsung Galaxy S III

China Labor Watch, a New York-based nonprofit organization investigated working conditions in Samsung’s Chinese suppliers and found unfair labor practices, which even includes denial of basic labor rights. The accusations come after an in-depth investigation of six factories operated directly by Samsung and two operated by its supply chain.

Samsung denies any wrongdoing, but as the Monday statement shows, they have begun their own investigation and will implement corrective action if they find any issues. They had already found some inadequate practices at facilities, as their September investigation shows.

“We are now designing, researching, and/or implementing corrective actions to address every violation that was identified. Corrective actions include new hiring policies and work hours and overtime practices, among other steps, to protect the health and welfare of employees,” Samsung said in a statement, cited by the Wall Street Journal.

As a new measure to fight against labor issues in its Chinese supply chain, Samsung demanded the adoption of a new hiring process that excludes child labor, and it is now working to restrict working hours to legal limits by the end of 2014.

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