Samsung has launched an investigation into allegations that one of its suppliers is employing children in a factory in China.

Samsung has launched an investigation into allegations that one of its suppliers is employing children in a factory in China.

 
Child Labor Watch claims that HEG Electronics, a China-based manufacturer of mobile phones, DVD players, MP3 players, and stereo equipment for Samsung, employed at least seven people under the age of 16 between June and July, with the agency believing there could be dozens more children working at the factory.
 
The youngsters are believed to have found employment by mingling with older students, and since HEG allegedly has poor supervision and age checks, they were able to secure jobs.
 
 
This is not the only problem identified by Child Labor Watch, however. It also cited concerns about worker injuries and poor handling of overtime pay.
 
Samsung issued a statement saying that it has carried out two on-site inspections and found no irregularities. However, it is now sending over a team of inspectors from its South Korean headquarters today to begin a probe and “take appropriate measures to correct any problems that may surface.”
 
Rival technology giant Apple has been under fire in the past year over the working conditions of staff at its suppliers in China, leading to what many considered a “Nike moment,” where the reputation of the company suffered considerable damage from the reports.
 
Samsung could be in for a similarly challenging time, with Child Labor Watch stating that working conditions at the HEG factory are “well below those general conditions in Apple's supplier factories.”
 
Source: BBC