China: Children found working at Samsung supplier; recent Samsung review said it found no child labour in supply chain - cuts ties to supplier
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Author: Se Young Lee, Reuters
"Samsung Electronics to pass fewer orders to China supplier in child labour response", 5 Aug 2014
Samsung Electronics...said it will do 30 percent less business with a parts supplier after uncovering employment of child workers at the China-based firm...In July Samsung... suspended business with Dongguan Shinyang Electronics...(part of Shinyang Engineering), after...China Labor Watch said it found at least five child workers without contracts..."Samsung has decided to still take measures against Dongguan Shinyang to hold the supplier responsible for failing to monitor its subcontractors, in accordance with Samsung's zero tolerance policy on child labour," the...[company] said...A third-party firm supplying workers had brought in child labourers to Dongguan Shinyang around the end of June with forged identification after Samsung completed its audit, said a Shinyang Engineering official, adding that there are no child workers at Dongguan Shinyang now...The official told Reuters that Dongguan Shinyang will resume supplying parts to Samsung on Tuesday - less than a month after the initial suspension
«Travail des enfants: Samsung suspend un contrat », 14 juillet
…Samsung a indiqué lundi avoir suspendu ses liens contractuels avec un de ses fournisseurs en Chine, qui pourrait avoir recours au travail des enfants…Le groupe sud-coréen avait ouvert une enquête sur l'entreprise Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co., accusée par l'association de défense des travailleurs China Labor Watch (CLW) d'employer des travailleurs âgés de moins de 16 ans…Samsung affirme avoir une politique de "zéro tolérance" pour le travail des moins de 16 ans dans ses usines…Il indique qu'il va renforcer sa surveillance…Dans son étude, l'association de défense des travailleurs en Chine, basée à New York, a relevé plusieurs autres violations au sein de la même usine…
Author: China Labor Watch
“Another Samsung supplier exploiting child labor: investigation of Shinyang Electronic Co. Ltd. (Dongguan)”, 10 Jul 2014
In June this year, [China Labor Watch] sent an undercover investigator into the Shinyang Electronics factory. By just the third day of the investigation, CLW had uncovered five child workers (under 16), finding evidence of even more in the subsequent days. Around the same time as CLW’s investigation was underway, Samsung published its 2014 sustainability report titled “Global Harmony”. Within, Samsung says that it inspected working conditions at 200 suppliers in 2013 and “no instances of child labor were found” … CLW’s investigation again provides evidence for Samsung’s flawed auditing system and social responsibility reports are meant to appease investors and lack any real value for the improving conditions of workers in Samsung’s supply chain…CLW’s probe into Shinyang revealed 15 sets of labor violations...
Author: David Barboza, New York Times
Samsung Electronics said on Monday that it had temporarily suspended business with a factory in southern China after allegations last week that it had illegally hired under-age workers to produce cellphone components...Samsung said it had audited the Shinyang factory [part of Shinyang Engineering] on three occasions since 2013, including on June 25. Last week, a reporter from The New York Times met three girls working in the Dongguan factory. Their government-issued identification cards indicated that they were 14 and 15 years old. They also acknowledged that they had been hired on June 30, after the Samsung audit...[A] spokeswoman for Shinyang said the factory was preparing to lay off its 600 workers. The Dongguan factory said it put the blame on Feihong Labor Dispatch, an agency that specializes in supplying workers to factories. Shinyang said the government had found four under-age employees working illegally at the facility, and also put the blame on the employment agency. Efforts to reach the agency were unsuccessful.
Author: David Barboza, New York Times
The presence of at least three child workers at the [Shinyang Electronics] factory in southern China casts a cloud over the labor practices of Samsung and its suppliers. A little more than a week ago, Samsung, the South Korean electronics giant, said in an annual review of conditions at its manufacturing centers that it had found no evidence of under-age workers or child laborers in its global supply chain...[Its] suppliers are instructed not to hire workers under 18... [Three] young girls met with a reporter from The New York Times after they were initially identified by...China Labor Watch...According to the girls, they were part of a “labor dispatch system” that often funnels child laborers to factories during the summer to help meet a surge in orders that comes just ahead of the fall and winter shopping seasons in the United States and Europe...“As part of our pledge against child labor, Samsung routinely conducts inspections to monitor our suppliers to ensure they follow our commitment,” Samsung said in a statement. “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.” [also refers to Apple, Foxconn (part of Hon Hai)]