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A recent audit found excessive overtime and a system of fines for tardiness and absences

Samsung announced that it has deployed new hiring practices for its suppliers in China in order to avoid issues like excessive overtime and child labor.

Samsung recently conducted an audit of 105 of its Chinese suppliers over a four-week period. It did this after China Labor Watch reported on the hardware maker's suppliers, and decided to correct any problems immediately.

About 121 certified Samsung employees conducted the audit, and while they failed to find any instances of child labor, the employees did discover excessive overtime hours, a system of fines for lateness or absences, and inadequate management of supplier companies with copies of labor contracts.

To address these issues and prevent anything else from happening, Samsung has announced a new set of rules for hiring and employee management within its suppliers in China.

Currently, Samsung is making sure all hiring candidates are interviewed in person to detect fake IDs; demanding suppliers to buy electronic devices that detect fake IDs, and deploying special guidelines for banning child labor.

By the end of 2012, Samsung plans to get rid of the fines/penalty system, prohibit any hiring discrimination, force suppliers to offer adequate safety equipment/first aid kits, train employees about sexual harassment and physical/verbal abuse and install hotlines for employees to anonymously report abuse.

For the excessive working hours, Samsung will create a long-term plan for resolving this issue by the end of 2012 and force suppliers to cap temporary workers at a schedule that is 30 percent of full-time employees. It will also tailor plans to fit each supplier and financially support the Chinese suppliers for extra hiring and equipment.

Earlier this year, The New York Times published its second installment of its iEconomy series, which focused on the treatment of workers at Apple's suppliers over in China. This included overtime, low pay and poor conditions. Apple and Foxconn have been working with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to patch these issues up.

Source: Samsung

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RE: too cozy
By messele on 11/26/2012 6:11:05 PM , Rating: 0
The original article and it's links did if you care to comprehend what I actually wrote. The fact that I was replying to you at the time was purely because you were so quick to seize on the original poster and deflect any association with Samsung as quickly as possible.

Fact is, it's a dirty game, we all know this tech is so cheap because of exploitation. Everybody is doing it, or at least until they get busted and yet many believe that their tech choice is somehow magically conjured out of some hippy commune where expensive products are manufactured for nothing, without consequence.

Yet elsewhere I see complaints that (for example) Sony are too expensive which is why we buy Samsung these days. Well yes of course they are expensive, Japan is a developed country with the same issues as the West. Korea and China don't give a shit and will happily knock the crap out their fellow countrymen (and children) for a knock-down price.

RE: too cozy
By retrospooty on 11/26/2012 6:35:05 PM , Rating: 2
"you were so quick to seize on the original poster and deflect any association with Samsung as quickly as possible."

The OP posted something that was completely untrue and asinine having the same emotionapple reaction as you. I dont give a hoot about Samsung, I was just pointing out that it wasnt auditing itself as clearly spelled out int he title and first paragraph of the article.

"The original article and it's links did if you care to comprehend what I actually wrote."

Sorry, I am not seeing where anyone was harping on Apple. The article above simply mentioned that the same situation happened earlier this year to Apple and that Apple and Foxconn were working with the FLA on it. You Apple nutjobs take anything and everything that way because you are way too emotionally invested in the company. Re-read it again slowly and really look. Apple wasnt shown in any negative light, it was simply mentioned.

Seriously though, the company you idolize isnt worth your devotion.

RE: too cozy
By messele on 11/27/2012 4:42:24 PM , Rating: 2
The article has no balance, omits very important aspects of the real story reported elsewhere and then, within a few words links to other articles to say "ah yeah but look at what those guys were up to".

It's the poor troll-feeding bending of context that bothers me, the fact that the article mentions Apple just makes it more obvious. I'd have said what I said regardless. Have you not noticed that the usual crowd haven't waded into this yet?

RE: too cozy
By Retrodookey on 11/27/2012 11:47:25 PM , Rating: 1
You are a F'n moron. Go play with your asshole. Loser.

RE: too cozy
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/28/2012 3:43:41 PM , Rating: 2
I think it's high time they ban you are a childish troll...

RE: too cozy
By messele on 11/28/2012 2:14:29 AM , Rating: 2
...oh and no the OP posted the truth.

Do you not realise when you supply large retailers these days you have to provide proof of ethical working practices for any goods supplied, be they manufactured domestically of by foreign hands.

The fact that the factories belong to a third party is no defence because nearly all manufactured goods involve a supply chain every link in that chain needs to be accounted for in the statement. The vendor has a legal requirement to know what is going on in their supply chain.

The blatantly obvious way of circumventing the system was spotted and plugged on day one.

"People Don't Respect Confidentiality in This Industry" -- Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton

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