Samsung Group: Child Labour

In 2012, China Labor Watch unearthed child labour at Samsung’s Chinese suppliers HEG Electronics1 and HTNS Shenzhen Co., both in Huizhou.2 They found violations in six other Samsung factories. On this basis, three French non-governmental organisations, Peuples Solidaires, Sherpa and Indecosa-CGT, filed a lawsuit against Samsung for false advertisement in France.3 In July 2013, the court opened preliminary proceedings on the case.4

Despite Samsung’s zero tolerance policy regarding child labour5, CLW found children under 16 working in two supplier factories in June and August 2014: Dongguan Shinyang Electronics6 and again HEG Electronics7. Samsung reacted to these allegations and temporarily suspended business relations with the Dongguan Shinyang Electronics company8 as well as implementing their own inquiries and promising to carry out joint audits with CLW.9 


  1. China Labor Watch (2012): Samsung Factory Exploiting Child Labor:
    8 August: http://www.chinalaborwatch.org/report/63 (accessed 11.09.2014) []
  2. China Labor Watch (2012): Investigative Report of HTNS Shenzhen Co., Ltd. (Huizhou Branch): 14 December: http://www.chinalaborwatch.org/report/67 (accessed 11.09.2014) []
  3. Essers, L. (2013): French NGO’s file complaint against Samsung over Chinese labor practices; Computerworld, 27 February: http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/455007/french_ngos_file_complaint_against_samsung_over_chinese_labor_practices/ (accessed 24.09.2014) []
  4. Sherpa (2013): Ouverture d’une enquête préliminaire suite à la plainte déposée contre Samsung France; 16 July: http://www.asso-sherpa.org/ouverture-dune-enquete-preliminaire-suite-a-la-plainte-deposee-contre-samsung-france/#.VJAMIdKG_HR (accessed 24.09.2014) []
  5. Samsung: Samsung Announces Child Labor Prohibition Policy in China:
    http://www.ccrcsr.com/sites/default/files/Samsung%20Electronics%20Announces%20Child%20Labor%20Prohibition%20Policy%20in%20China.pdf (accessed 24.09.2014) []
  6. China Labor Watch (2014): Another Samsung supplier factory exploiting child labor: 10 July: http://www.chinalaborwatch.org/report/90 (accessed 11.09.2014) []
  7. China Labor Watch (2014): Investigative Report on HEG Technology (Huizhou) Co., Ltd.: 27 August: http://www.chinalaborwatch.org/report/98 (accessed 11.09.2014) []
  8. Barboza, D. (2014): Samsung Contractor Suspended Over Child Labor Allegations; The China blog of the New York Times – Sinosphere, 14 July: http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/samsung-contractor-suspended-over-child-labor-allegations/?_php=true&_type=blogs&module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%7B%222%22%3A%22RI%3A16%22%7D&_r=1 (accessed 11.09.2014) []
  9. Der Standard (2014): Samsung weist neuerliche Vorwürfe über Kinderarbeit zurück: 28 August: http://derstandard.at/2000004877276/Samsung-weist-neuerliche-Vorwuerfe-ueber-Kinderarbeit-zurueck (accessed 11.09.2014) []

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