Samsung Accused of Using Child Labor via Supplier, Promises Investigation
August 8, 2012 3:02 PM
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Apple isn't the only one
Apple, Inc. (
) has been
by everyone from
The New York Times
for reported Chinese labor abuses. Interest piqued after a
at a primarily Apple manufacturing plant in Shenzhen highlighted poor working conditions among employees.
acknowledge such issues -- such as occasional child labor violations.
But it's hardly alone. Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
), the world's top smartphone maker, is now being forced to answer similar tough questions. A report by the advocacy group
China Labor Watch
its supplier HEG Electronics of using child labor at a plant in Huizhou, China.
Samsung does perform regular audits of its Chinese suppliers, but the audits are subcontracted to local Chinese third-party firms, a practice some say opens the door for lies and corruption.
In the wake of the recent allegations Samsung has promised a new audit of HEG, sending a team of its own South Korean employees over by the end of the week to inspect the plant. Samsung writes:
Samsung Electronics has conducted two separate on-site inspections on HEG's working conditions this year but found no irregularities on those occasions.
A team of inspectors consisting of Samsung personnel from Korea headquarters will be dispatched to Huizhou, China on August 9, and it will immediately launch an investigation and take appropriate measures to correct any problems that may surface.
Samsung Electronics is a company held to the highest standards of working conditions and we try to maintain that at our facilities and the facilities of partner companies around the world.
Samsung is accused of using contractors who use child labor to manufacture
its smartphones and tablets. [Image Source: BGR]
While not exactly a surprise visit, this could force HEG to at least avoid the most flagrant of labor abuses (or as Antoine Dodson would say, time to "hide your kids").
In a way Samsung has benefited from secrecy. The company does not publish the results of its internal labor audits, while Apple does. Thus much of the criticism leveled at Apple has been due to that company's willingness to share just how sordid the dark side of Chinese manufacturers are.
In most cases these violations boil down to manufacturers cutting corners, looking to pad their profits by pushing employees to
work conditions considered "inhumane"
by American and European standards.
Those issues aside, it cannot be discounted that the electronics manufacturing industry has been a boon to the Chinese economy, lifting millions of workers out of the respectively back-breaking work in the fields into easier, better-paying factory jobs.
This is evidenced by the fact that even amid outrage from American advocacies regarding labor conditions, their virtually never a shortage of willing workers in China, given the fact that the alternatives too the "rough" factory life are, in reality, often far worse.
China Labor Watch
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8/8/2012 10:16:18 PM
That's assuming that China will never compete outside of random goods. We've already outsource practically all customer service to India, as well as bringing in Indian/Chinese workers overseas, causing the whole visa problem, and gradually China is increasing living conditions and schooling for its general population. Sooner or later they will be producing those goods and
who will be willing to work at similar competency while demanding lower pay. Where exactly do you go from there?
Working under the assumption that Asia is nothing more than cheap labor is what eventually allowed guys like Samsung to take over the market, and the reason why China's economy is skyrocketing.
8/9/2012 12:03:19 AM
Hey someguy maybe you aren't up on current events, but you lost the argument.
You. Are. Wrong.
8/9/2012 1:53:52 AM
Enlighten me. I see the eurozone crumbling and trying to keep Greece from breaking out, the US economy the same as ever, while China's economy continues to grow. What exactly do you guys expect? For these people to just give us back our money for nothing?
8/9/2012 10:35:10 AM
Actually Greece should have never been allowed to join in the first place and should have gotten thrown out long time ago. Fiscal rules were set and they are not adhering to them ... the longer everyone else caters to those lazy Greek bums, the worse.
"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation
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