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Samsung in new child labour scandal

Following Samsung’s recent announcement that it would revise its relationship with parts supplier Dongguan Shinyang Electronics due to child labour allegations, US-based non-profit group China Labour Watch (CLW) says it has found evidence of child labour and exploitative conditions at yet another Samsung supplier, HEG Electronics.

With Samsung linked to four cases of child labour in the past two years, the company announced over the summer that it would “further strengthen its monitoring process of its suppliers to prevent such cases from recurring”.

Samsung Electronics abides by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC). This common code of conduct aims to support the rights and wellbeing of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global electronics supply chain. As child labour claims have been found in some cases to relate to Samsung suppliers’ subcontractors, the electronic giant says it is making an active effort to have its suppliers abide by the EICC.

The mobile phone manufacturer has stated it has a zero tolerance policy on child labour, and has agreed to conduct a joint on-site investigation with CLW in order to study the matter further.

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