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SAMSUNG REPORTS LABOUR VIOLATIONS AT DOZENS OF ITS CHINESE SUPPLIERS

An external audit of Samsung found labour violations at dozens of its suppliers in China, including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours, but that none involved child workers.

The findings covered 100 of its Chinese suppliers - which number over 200 - and were outlined in its annual corporate social responsibility report.

"A majority of suppliers do not comply with China's legally permitted overtime hours," says the report. Therefore, it demanded those suppliers reduce overtime.

The report is part of growing pressure on the world's two biggest smartphone suppliers, Apple and Samsung, which rely on Chinese labour to produce millions of phones every quarter. Apple was the focus of intense scrutiny from 2010 over labour practices at its principal supplier in China.

Samsung has already come under fire in its home country of south Korea over its response to claims that chemicals in one of its factories caused leukaemia and led to the deaths of a number of workers.The company has said that it does not accept there was a link.

The world's largest maker of mobile phones and smartphones, Samsung has been subjected to increasing examination of its practices. In 2012 it faced allegations that its plants in China used child labourers. New York-based pressure group China Labor Watch claimed that working conditions at Samsung suppliers were "inhumane", and the company vowed to eliminate illegal overtime by the end of 2014.

The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

(Source: The Guardian)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.