Over the last few days there have been rumors of child labor allegations at some of Samsung’s supplier, and now the company has responded to the allegations.
Samsung has said that they will start investigating the allegations of child labor, which is alleged to be happening at a Samsung supplier in China called Shinyang electronics.
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.
We have demanded our suppliers to adopt a new hiring process to strengthen identity verification beginning the end of 2012. These measures included face-to-face interviews of candidates before hiring, the use of an electronic scanner to detect fake IDs, and distribution of new supplier guidelines setting forth Samsung’s commitments to preventing child labor. In addition to these measures, a facial recognition system was introduced in April this year.
According to the WSJ, the alleged child workers spend up to 11 hours a day working, and are usually employed for a period of three to six months.
It will be interesting to see what the outcome of the Samsung investigation is, and whether the company will be able to stop this sort of thing happening at its third party suppliers.