Date
18 August 2017
Samsung Electronics is under growing pressure to ensure that its Chinese suppliers adhere to local labor laws. Photo: Bloomberg
Samsung Electronics is under growing pressure to ensure that its Chinese suppliers adhere to local labor laws. Photo: Bloomberg

Samsung cuts business with China supplier over child labor

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will reduce by 30 percent its business with a Chinese parts supplier after it was found that a subcontractor hired child workers, Reuters reported, citing a statement from the Korean company.

In July, the technology giant suspended business with Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Seoul-listed Shinyang Engineering Co. Ltd., after US-based China Labor Watch said it found at least five child workers without contracts at the Guangdong province-based supplier, according to the wire agency. 

Samsung said Chinese authorities found that while Dongguan Shinyang did not directly employ child workers, a subcontractor had hired them through a labor dispatch agency.

“Samsung has decided to still take measures against Dongguan Shinyang to hold the supplier responsible for failing to monitor its subcontractors, in accordance with Samsung’s zero tolerance policy on child labor,” the company said on Tuesday.

The move came amid growing pressure on Samsung to ensure that its Chinese suppliers adhere to local labor laws, the report said. Under Chinese laws, it is illegal to hire workers under 16.

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