Samsung said on Wednesday it plans to send a team to see with its own eyes whether or not one of its suppliers’ factories is employing underage workers. In a statement made to The Verge, the Korean company supposedly conducted two separate on-site inspections earlier this year, albiet through a third party contractor, and found “no irregularities.”
On Tuesday, a report from China Labor Watch alleged that HEG Electronics, one of Samsung’s main suppliers, had up to 100 underage workers at its factory. Worse, CLW’s description of the conditions were horrid, with abuse reportedly an everyday occurrence.
Let’s hope Samsung’s inspections turn up no wrongdoing on HEG’s part, otherwise the backlash may be similar to what we saw with Apple and its Foxconn factories earlier this year. Samsung’s swift reaction to the allegations is promising; now we’ll just have to wait and see what the company turns up, if anything.
Here’s Samsung’s statement in full:
Samsung Electronics has conducted two separate on-site inspections on HEG’s working conditions this year but found no irregularities on those occasions.
A team of inspectors consisting of Samsung personnel from Korea headquarters will be dispatched to Huizhou, China on August 9, and it will immediately launch an investigation and take appropriate measures to correct any problems that may surface.
Samsung Electronics is a company held to the highest standards of working conditions and we try to maintain that at our facilities and the facilities of partner companies around the world.
[via The Verge]