Samsung has suspended Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co. Ltd from supplying it with components as it has found evidence of suspected child labour practices. The Korean manufacturer made the announcement through the Samsung Tomorrow blog, and has said this move was done in line with its zero-tolerance policy towards child labour.
Samsung Electronics makes most of its own components, although in some occasions it uses third party manufacturers. These manufacturers are often heavily scrutinised as Samsung takes care to manage its public image while using Chinese manufacturing companies. Dongguan Shinyang had previously passed three audits on it since 2013; however, the most recent allegations surfaced due to investigation carried out by China Labor Watch.
This is not the first time that Samsung has moved against potential child labour practices from its suppliers, although the last two incidents in 2012 did not reveal any wrongdoings on behalf of the Chinese manufacturers. The Korean electronics giant happens to take child labour very seriously, going as far as to craft a policy with the Centre for Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility in China, which is owned by Save the Children Sweden.
[Source: Samsung Tomorrow]