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Samsung supplier audit finds overtime violations but no child labour

Bears down on sweatshop practices
Mon Nov 26 2012, 14:26
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KOREAN ELECTRONICS GIANT Samsung has said it found violations of overtime regulations in suppliers' factories.

Following a China Labour Watch report on a number of Samsung's suppliers the firm decided to undertake an audit. According to Samsung the results of that audit reported no child labour but did discover violations of local overtime work regulations.

Samsung said its 121-strong auditing team reviewed human resource records of all employees below the age of 18 and conducted face-to-face identification checks. While the firm said it didn't find any evidence of child labour, it did uncover "several instances of inadequate practices" that included breaches of local overtime regulations and a system of fines for employees that were late or absent.

Samsung is also in the midst of reviewing a further 144 suppliers in China and said those checks will be completed by the end of 2012. The firm said it will continue to conduct audits in 2013 of all of its 249 suppliers based in China.

Aside from carrying out further audits, Samsung said it will develop a plan to stop working hours from exceeding legal limits by the end of 2014 and give financial support to its suppliers. The firm also claimed that it will demand that its suppliers acquire devices to detect fake identification credentials and interview all job applicants in person before hiring.

Samsung said it has ordered its suppliers to abolish any penalty system for absentees or those that are late and setup anonymous phone lines so that employees can report regulation violations.

Samsung is trying to avoid making the same mistakes made by its rival Apple when it got caught out after one of its major suppliers, Foxconn was slammed for labour law violations and several worker suicides at its plants. µ


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