As part of its 2014 Sustainability Report, Samsung commissioned independent inspections at 100 of its suppliers in China and the results make for grim reading …
This is no exaggeration. The inspections of 100 of its Chinese suppliers found:
- 59 sites lacked adequate safety equipment and monitoring
- half had workers under 18 handling hazardous chemicals
- 33 failed to properly manage sewage and waste-disposal
In addition, most suppliers exceeded the legally-allowed overtime hours, and a third failed to provide proper social insurance for workers.
Earlier this year, Samsung issued a “deep apology” and promised compensation to families after a documentary revealed that 56 of its employees contracted leukemia and other forms of cancer after coming into contact with dangerous chemicals at a Samsung plant, several of them dying as a result.
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