Samsung has announced it is investigating child labour abuse allegations following an undercover report released earlier this week, alleging the company’s Chinese manufacturer HEG is hiring workers as young as 14.
In the 31-page report, labour rights organisation China Labor Watch highlights a number of alleged mistreatments including underage workers, physical abuse and beyond reasonable overtime at HEG’s mainland China site, Laptop Magazine reports.
Following the claims, Samsung issued an official statement:
Samsung Electronics has conducted two separate on-site inspections on HEG’s working conditions this year but found no irregularities on those occasions. Given the report, we will conduct another field survey at the earliest possible time to ensure our previous inspections have been based on full information and to take appropriate measures to correct any problems that may surface. Samsung Electronics is a company held to the highest standards of working conditions and we try to maintain that at our facilities and the facilities of partner companies around the world.
China Labor Watch has identified HEG’s plant manufactures consumer technology products, including Samsung smartphones, MP3 players and audio components, among others.