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4 Jul 2019

Asso Sherpa

Samsung indicted for misleading advertising following complaint regarding workers’ rights violations

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"Violations of workers’ rights: landmark indictment of SAMSUNG France for misleading advertising", 3 July 2019

...Samsung Electronics France SAS has been indicted on misleading advertising...by an investigating judge at the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris.

SAMSUNG displays ethical commitments on workers’ rights that it does not respect in its factories...many NGOs denounce fundamental rights’ violations in serious investigations reports...

“Companies that benefit from their proclaimed virtuous image must no longer be able to violate their own commitments without facing legal consequences. It is now urgent to regulate globally the activities of multinational by ensuring the adoption of the International Treaty, and to put in application the historic law on the duty of vigilance adopted in France in 2017”...Sandra Cossart, director at Sherpa.

Chloe Stevenson, ActionAid France campaigner, “workers are often the first victims of human rights violations related to multinationals activities like Samsung. Making this type of ethical commitment binding would also be a way to prevent the reproduction of such abuses.”

Li Qiang, Executive Director of China Labor Watch: “Samsung has decreased their production facilities in China, however, they’ve shifted these to other countries where they continue to violate the rights of workers. We hope that Samsung will uphold the rights of workers and make fundamental improvements to working conditions across their supply chain.”

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

Samsung lawsuit (re misleading advertising & labour rights abuses)