Sydney: Samsung has defended its working practices after a lawsuit filed in France accused the South Korean firm of violating its own vows on ethical working conditions and using child labour at its supplier plants in China.
Based on a September report by the US-based monitor China Labor Watch, a trio of French rights and consumer protection groups accused Samsung of deceiving consumers by violating its own pledges of marinating good working environment.
But in a statement today, Samsung said it maintained a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on child labour and had audited all its supplier sites in China following the China Labor Watch report, News.com.au reports.
The firm said that it is ‘implementing new hiring policies to strengthen identity verification measures, despite no instance of child labour being identified in the audits.’
The China Labor Watch report has claimed that employees at Samsung supplier plants in China worked up to five times the legal overtime limit and were denied basic labour rights.
At the time, the South Korean company rejected charges of "inhumane" working conditions as "totally unfair".
But later it acknowledged their audits had uncovered some ‘inadequate practices’.
First Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 16:31