Samsung has found instances of 'inadequate' working conditions among its suppliers, including fines for lateness or absences and excess overtime for workers.
The manufacturer said it did not find any instances of child labour, after conducting face-to-face ID checks and reviewing all records of workers under 18. It carried out a four week audit in September of 105 suppliers and will have finished reviewing 144 more companies in China by the end of this year. This follows a report by China Labour Watch in September that found labour violations in a number of factories run by Samsung suppliers.
Samsung said following the audit it would implement actions to deal with every volation that has been identified. These include new hiring policies, work hours and overtime practices. The hiring policies have been introduced to avoid child labour in factories. All candidates must be interviewed in person and each supplier must now own an electronic device to detect fake IDs. Any company found to have employed children will have its contract terminated, Samsung said.
Editor: Graeme Neill