Originally published on July 25, 2014, at ForceChange.com
Target: Boo-Keun Yoon, CEO of Samsung Group
Goal: Provide Samsung employees in China and Korea with safe work environments and put an end to illegal child labor practices
To keep costs down, Samsung regularly commits worker abuse in its cell phone factories. Exposed to harmful chemicals without the required safety equipment, hundreds of employees have developed serious medical conditions. Children illegally working in the plants are forced to work 11 hours a day, six days a week while earning less than their older counterparts.
Workers often do not receive protective gear, such as masks or gloves, when operating unsafe equipment or coming into contact with toxic chemicals. Samsung does not even provide safety training for their employees in Korea, China, and around the world.