Recently, Samsung announced they have suspended business Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co. Ltd. Last week, some allegations were made by China Labor Watch about child labor at the supplier, and after investigating itself, Samsung found evidence of child labor at the worksite, thereby, suspending its business ties with the supplier.
“Following the investigation, Samsung decided to temporarily suspend business with the factory in question as it found evidences of suspected child labor at the worksite. The decision was made in accordance with Samsung’s zero tolerance policy on child labor,” Samsung said.
The company said they try to prevent child labor, and do routine investigations at their suppliers to ensure they are committed. The report further mentions that Samsung has done three audits on Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co. Ltd since 2013, with the latest one performed in June 2014, but no evidence of child labor was found during these audits.
“For Dongguan Shinyang Electronics, Samsung has conducted audits on three occasions since 2013, with the latest one ending on June 25, 2014. No cases of child labor were found during these audits. In the separate investigation following the CLW allegations, however, Samsung found evidences of illegal hiring processes that took place on June 29. The Chinese authorities are also looking into the case.” the company said.
If the investigation proves the company hired children to work in their factories, Samsung will permanently cease business with the supplier, and will strengthen its hiring process, not just for the production factories, but its suppliers as well.