Samsung said on Monday it would inspect 250 Chinese
companies which make products for the firm to ensure no
labor laws are broken after a U.S.-based group accused one
of its suppliers of using child labor.
The company also announced its audit results regarding a
field audit Samsung made into working conditions at an HEG
Electronics facility in Huizhou, China, which is a supplier
to the company. These audits were conducted in August 2012
in response to a report by York-based China Labor Watch
Samsung said its investigators did not identify any
underage workers during the site audit at HEG Electronics
in Huizhou, but we identified workers under the age of 18
on site. These workers were over the age of 16 and were
student workers or interns, and their presence was legal.
The audit also identified several instances of inadequate
management and potentially unsafe practices. A system of
fines for lateness or absences was found to be in
operation. Instances of overtime beyond local regulations,
or over 9 hours per week, were identified. Certain health
and safety measures were inadequate, such as a failure to
provide access to a medical clinic.
Samsung has demanded that HEG immediately improve its
working conditions. "If HEG fails to meet Samsung's zero
tolerance policy on child labor, the contract will be
immediately severed," Samsung said.
The S. Korean company is also implementing a plan to
address any potential violations. It said it would conduct
inspections for all 105 supplier companies in China which
produce goods solely for Samsung by the end of September,
and review, via documentation, by the end of the year
another 144 suppliers that makes products for it and other
The move follows allegations earlier this year that Apple's
products were assembled in China amid multiple violations
of labor law, including extreme hours.
Apple and its main contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology
Group, whose subsidiary Hon Hai Precision Industry
assembles Apple devices in China, later agreed to tackle
violations of conditions among the 1.2 million workers
assembling iPhones and iPads.