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Samsung Suspends Trade with Chinese Factory Accused of Child Labour

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Samsung Electronics has suspended dealing with a Chinese supplier following a report last week by a USA based labour rights watchdog that the supplier was using child labour.

Samsung says that it responded to the China Labor Watch report that accused Dongguan Shinyang Electronics of hiring underage workers.

Following the investigation, Samsung decided to temporarily suspend business with the factory in question as it also found evidences of suspected child labor at the worksite.

Samsung says that it routinely conducts inspections to monitor its suppliers in China to ensure they follow the commitment against child labour. For Dongguan Shinyang Electronics, Samsung has conducted audits on three occasions since 2013, with the latest one ending on June 25, 2014. No cases of child labor were found during these audits.

In the separate investigation following the CLW allegations, however, Samsung found evidences of illegal hiring process that took place on June 29. The Chinese authorities are also looking into the case.

Samsung said that if the investigations conclude that the supplier indeed hired children illegally, then it will permanently halt business with that supplier.

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