Samsung has a zero tolerance policy regarding child labor. It’s so zero tolerance, in fact, that the company recently suspended business with Chinese company Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co Ltd after China Labor Watch uncovered “ at least 23 ethical and legal violations” including “excessively long working hours, exhausting rates of work, child workers, insufficient safety training, unpaid work, blank labor contracts, and more.”
China Labor Watch discovered at least five child workers without contacts at Dongguan Shinyang.
Samsung said that Chinese authorities found that the electronics company does not directly use child labor, but that a subcontractor hired the underage workers through a labor dispatch agency–and Samsung is holding them accountable…by reducing orders by a paltry 30 percent.
“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 labour,” the company said on Tuesday.
Forgive us for nit-picking, but wouldn’t a “zero tolerance” policy require Samsung to cut ties with the company rather than simply reduce orders in an effort to ‘discourage’ the use of child labor? Continuing to do business with this company only serves to send the message that the use of underage workers is just fine, and that companies who shave costs by employing children can keep their clients (only losing a little business) if they are caught.