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Company Response

8 Jul 2019

Samsung Electronics

Samsung's response to Sherpa case

... We are aware of the legal complaint against Samsung... We are disputing its validity, and cannot comment further on the content of the investigation since this is an ongoing proceeding. We wish to remove any ambiguity created by the word “indicted”... Samsung France has been put under examination, which means that the investigation is still ongoing and that no conclusive decision has been taken regarding the allegations...

The issues highlighted by SHERPA date back several years, and concern reports or incidents to which Samsung has responded previously. We wish to share with you specifically how we have dealt and are dealing with Child Labor, responsible minerals as well as our commitments to uphold labor and human rights.

Samsung upholds a zero tolerance policy on child labor - both in our own facilities and the facilities of our suppliers...  all of our subsidiaries and suppliers, and not only in China, must comply with the strict employment process (age verification) to prevent child labor employment...

...we have been investigating all cobalt smelters related to our company...

This is a response to

Samsung lawsuit (re misleading advertising & labour rights abuses)

Lawsuit 26 Feb 2013

Part of the following timelines

Samsung France mise en examen pour pratiques commerciales trompeuses pour des supposées violations des droits des travailleurs dans ses usines en Chine, en Corée et au Vietnam

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)