Companies accused of misrepresenting energy efficiency of large-screen sets. TV’s performed far better during short government tests than they did the rest of the time. Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) and America’s Department of Energy (DoE) have conducted efficiency tests of their own that have turned up big inconsistencies.
Head of South Korea’s Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, was sentenced to five years in jail for bribery, hiding assets abroad, embezzlement, concealing criminal proceeds and perjury. Lee was convicted over payments of 43bn won ($36.4m; £30.3m) made to South Korean’s former president’s confidante’s foundations, as well as for giving a horse and several million dollars to assist the equestrian career of her daughter, in anticipation of favours and government support over Samsung’s major merger restructuring.
Companies in the semiconductor industry accussed of outsourcing chip manufacture using the highly toxic chemicals “ethylene glycol ethers”, or EGEs in South Korea after 1995, when such substances were banned in their domicile for causing diseases such as cancer, miscarriages, leukemia, infertility and others.
SGS accused for surface level inspection and ignoring child labor issues.
Apple accused of publishing false data concerning labor conditions on it’s supplier factories.
Two year investigation found incidents of overwhelming corruption including: extortion, accepting bribes, retaliatory audits, transportation requests, food services requests in 10 out of 19 audits conducted by BV.
Illegal subcontracting a labor service project to unqualified labor contractor. The contractor employed a child worker, who was under 16 years old. Later,the child was injured and was identified as having Grade 9 disabilities.
20 workers killed and 14 injured after elevator cable snaps. A notice of suspension had previously been issued to Qusheng Coalmine. A villager around the coalmine alleges that though the coalmine did not operate during the day, it still did secretly at night.
China Labor Watch releases hiring announcement found at Samsung factory that clearly demonstrates the illegal discrimination imbued in the hiring practices at Samsung factories in China, despite Samsung claims to the contrary.
Intertek sued by NGO over harassment of whistleblower stemming from identity exposure in bribery investigation.