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  • israelmichel Oct 7, 2012 3:51 PM Flag

    Samsung found to use child labor no one at the media care as long as it is AAPL

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    While Bloomberg was reporting on Friday that Samsung had reported a record operating profit jumping to 91 percent, I was reading a scathing report titled "Samsung Factory Exploiting Child Labor," which made me wonder: did Samsung's huge leap in profits come off the backs of child laborers? Members of China Labor Watch (CWL) who were responsible for the report stated that they "were stunned by the results of the investigation of HEG Electronics, which showed that the practice of hiring child labor is prevalent in this factory." HEG Electronics is an important partner of South Korea's Samsung, processing such products as mobile phones, DVDs, stereo equipment and MP3s for Samsung.

    Child Labor is Common Practice with Samsung Factories

    The China Labor Watch report revealed that their investigators worked in the factory during the months of June and July 2012, and had identified seven children working—all of them are under the age of 16—in the department in which the investigators were working. This suggests that child labor is a common practice in the factory. The precise number of child laborers throughout the factory is unknown because our investigators had limited contact with workers in other departments. But the company has clearly violated Chinese labor laws.
    The report went on to state that CLW's research indicated that student laborers amount to 80% of the total workforce in the factory. During their follow up investigations, their investigators suspected that there were a large number of child laborers in other departments of the factory, estimating that there may be 50 to 100 children working there. These children were working under the same harsh conditions as adult workers, but were paid only 70% of the wages when compared with the formal employees. Moreover, these child workers were often required to carry-out dangerous tasks that resulted in injury. Before the customers place orders with the factory, they often require social responsibility audits of the company. According to its website, Intertek was the auditor of Samsung— one of the major clients of HEG Electronics (Huizhou) Co., Ltd. Intertek is an international auditing firm; it claims to be a reliable auditing company. However, China Labor Watch's previous investigation showed that reports created by Intertek weren't trustworthy. Their investigation showed that some of Intertek's auditors have accepted bribery from factories in exchange for letting the firm pass audits despite not meeting requirements. One of Intertek's previous audit result was annulled by the clients.

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