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Samsung and Panasonic accused over supply chain labour abuses in Malaysia

Samsung and Panasonic accused over supply chain labour abuses in Malaysia | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The men said they had been deceived about pay, had their passports confiscated and had been told that they must pay large fines if they wanted to return to Nepal before the end of their contract. They also claimed they were forced to work for up to 14 hours on their feet without adequate rest, and with restricted toilet breaks, in an attempt to settle recruitment fees of up to £1,000 – they said they had to pay this money to secure their jobs
EcoVadis's insight:

These allegations have led Samsung and Panasonic to open investigations into the conduct of their suppliers; are you waiting for allegations to ensure that your supply chain is clean from labour abuses?

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Tech giants pledge to keep children out of cobalt mines that supply smartphone and electric-car batteries

Tech giants pledge to keep children out of cobalt mines that supply smartphone and electric-car batteries | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Apple, HP, Samsung SDI and Sony have joined an effort known as the Responsible Cobalt Initiative. It is being led by a Chinese business group, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce for Metals, Minerals and Chemicals Importers and Exporters, and supported by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), according to the Chinese group.

Members of the initiative pledged to follow OECD guidelines for mining supply chains, which call for companies to trace how cobalt is being extracted, transported, manufactured and sold. Any abuses would require immediate correction.
EcoVadis's insight:

Several leading technology companies are launching initiatives to stop abusive practices in their supply chain; how are you engaging yourself?

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Samsung Labor Scandal: Company Cheats Factory Workers! Learn the Truth

Samsung Labor Scandal: Company Cheats Factory Workers! Learn the Truth | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Samsung labor scandal has hit Malaysia factory where the workers have to work under poor conditions and paid as little as £268 a month [A$449]. A total of 2,000 workers spend up to 12 hours a day in the plant where Samsung microwaves are manufactured. Is the company cheating factory workers?
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Sad to see that workers fall prey to dishonest labor supply companies that say they can improve their overall condition.

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Samsung raided in political corruption probe - BBC News

Samsung raided in political corruption probe - BBC News | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In this latest twist of the scandal that's been rocking South Korea for weeks, prosecutors are investigating allegations that Samsung might have provided €2.8m euros ($3.1m, £2.5m) to a company co-owned by Ms Choi and her daughter, to bankroll the daughter's equestrian training in Germany.
EcoVadis's insight:

Allegations of this type can create damage to your company's image; how are you protecting your brand?

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Inside Samsung’s Vietnam factory for 'explosive' Galaxy Note 7

Inside Samsung’s Vietnam factory for 'explosive' Galaxy Note 7 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nearly 50,000 workers from some of Vietnam's poorest towns and villages work up to 12 hours a day in the vast Samsung complex built amid farmland with one of Southeast Asia's cheapest labour markets.
And while Samsung insists it will not axe jobs in Vietnam this year because of the scandal, workers in the battery factory within the complex say the company has already started temporary lay-offs.

EcoVadis's insight:

No company would want to face this type of scandal and view it's share price hit particularly badly. How are you ensuring that your supply chain is clean?

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Samsung admits to using tin linked to child labor, deforestation; Apple mum on sourcing

Samsung admits to using tin linked to child labor, deforestation; Apple mum on sourcing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Mobile device giant Samsung has admitted to using tin sourced from a controversial mining operation on the Indonesian island of Bangka, where unregulated mining kills 150 miners a year and causes substantial environmental damage, reports The Guardian and Mongabay-Indonesia....

EcoVadis's insight:

With ever increasing scrutiny of supply chain from NGOs, third sector and advocacy organizations, it is now crucial for large corporations to proactively develop CSR risks management strategy in worldwide supply chains.

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