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Samsung Responds to China Labor Watch Underage Worker Allegations

by Brandon Russell | December 15, 2012December 15, 2012 10:00 am PDT

inside-samsung-factory[template id=246811 expires=7200]Samsung on Saturday followed up on a report by China Labor Watch that one of its manufacturers hired underage workers. According to a Samsung blog post, the company met with an alleged underage employee on Dec. 14 with CLW present, where the employee confirmed she was over 18. Additionally, Samsung reportedly confirmed that two other employees, no longer with HTNS Shenzhen, were of legal age.

The Galaxy S III-maker reiterated its innocence, stating that it holds itself and its suppliers to the highest possible standards. During the hiring process, workers are screened and required to go through a strict policies—an electronic device is used to detect fake ID cards, for example.

Samsung said that, going forward, it will continue to implement new hiring policies, and continue to monitor suppliers in China through an independent third-party auditor known as the Validated Audit Process of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition.

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