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4 Jul 2019

France: Samsung Electronics indicted for misleading advertising re. alleged labour abuses & child labour in China, S. Korea & Vietnam

Samsung Electronics is facing charges over alleged labour abuses and child labour in France following a complaint filed by Sherpa and ActionAid France on 25 June 2018 against Samsung France and its parent company in South Korea. ActionAid and Sherpa have accused Samsung of misleading advertising as they say it touts ethical commitments to workers' rights that it does not respect in its factories in China, South Korea and Vietnam. Alleged violations include child labour, health and safety breaches and other labour abuses. The decision to investigate Samsung is historic, as it is rare for a French company to be sued by the courts for its activities abroad.

Samsung has provided a repsonse to the case, saying it disputes the validity of the legal complaint. Its full response is included below.