Date Company Accusation City / Area / Country Source Tags Media
29/07/2013
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01/03/2013
RiTeng Computer Accessory Co., Ltd.
(Subsidiary of Pegatron Group)
(Supplier Of Apple)
Labor violations at factory producing exterior components for computers: hiring discrimination over gender and age (below 35 years old); inadequate training; work 7 days/week during peak season (126 hours of monthly overtime); 14 hour monthly unpaid overtime; 12 hour daily shifts; more if daily quota isn't met; coerced overtime; work while standing for some workers; inadequate fire protection; 40 confirmed student workers (16 - 18 years old); base salary inadequate to cover basic needs ($233 month) ($1.34 per hour); workers dependent on overtime; workers trained by management during audit visits; wastewater poured into the sewage system.Shanghai, ChinaChina Labor WatchChild Labor, Discrimination, Excessive Work Hours, Forced Overtime, Inspection Fraud, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard, Pollution, Unpaid Overtime
30/06/2016
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01/02/2016

(Supplier Of Izumifuhaku)
Labor violations at garment factory (1,000 workers): non-living wages; daily base wage 2,000-3,600 kyat (€1.51 - €2.71); occasions of workers toiling for less than legal minimum wage; cases of child labor (below 18 years of age); some workers were younger than 15 years old when they started at the factory; workers have not received health and safety training; inadequate protective masks; workers breathing in fabric complain over respiratory problems, coughs and sore throats; electrical and wire shocks; boiler accidents resulting to injury; about half the workforce does not receive social security.Yangon Region, Myanmar (Burma)SOMOChild Labor, Injuries & Diseases, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard, Unpaid Insurance
15/06/2017
(Samsung)
(LG)
(SK Hynix)
Study of 38,000 female medical records (between 2007-2012) working in three companies producing microchips found significantly elevated miscarriage rates most likely caused by factory use of highly toxic substances - ethylene glycol ethers - throughout the 1990s and 2000s.South KoreaBloombergInjuries & Diseases, Occupational Hazard
17/02/2016
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01/01/2015

(Supplier Of LG)
(Supplier Of Samsung)
Report exposes occupational hazard and other violations at factories manufacturing cell phone parts: use of toxic substance methanol; inadequate health and safety training on the dangers of methanol; personal protective equipment not provided which led to exposure to workers' eyes, skin and respiratory system; at least 6 workers developed acute methanol poisoning; eye sight loss and brain damage; 12 hour daily shifts; in busy season take a day-off/month; temporary workers often not registered for social insurance.South KoreaSolidarity for Worker's Health, Korean Lawyers for Public Interest and Human Rights, Korean House for International SolidarityExcessive Work Hours, Injuries & Diseases, Occupational Hazard, Unpaid Insurance
08/02/2017SamsungSamsung battery factory producing the explosion-prone Galaxy Note 7 catches fire at waste depository.Tianjin, ChinaBloombergOccupational Hazard
15/06/2017SK HynixResearch extract of two factory plants in 2015 found usage of 130 chemical products deemed dangerous, containing carcinogens, mutagens, and reproductive toxins.South KoreaBloombergInjuries & Diseases, Occupational Hazard
30/06/2016
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01/02/2016

(Supplier Of Muji)
(Supplier Of H&M (Hennes & Mauritz))
Labor violations at garment factory (1,500 workers): non-living wages; daily base wage 1,800-3,600 kyat (€1.36 - €2.71); occasions of workers toiling for as low as half the legal minimum wage; regular work over 60 hours/week; at times as many as 66 hours/week; as many as 14 hours/day for 6-7 times/month; forced overtime; cases of child labor (below 18 years of age); labor aged as low as 14 years; some workers were younger than 15 years old when they started at the factory; safety issues; electrical and wire shocks.Yangon Region, Myanmar (Burma)SOMOChild Labor, Excessive Work Hours, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard
30/06/2016
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01/02/2016

(Supplier Of H&M (Hennes & Mauritz))
(Supplier Of C&A)
Labor concerns at garment factory (300 workers): non-living wages; daily base wage 3,600 kyat (€2.71); regular work 60 -68 hours/week; unpaid overtime if production target isn't met; child labor (16-18 years of age); workers do not receive any health and safety training; protective gear provided only when buyers visit the factory; high temperatures; most workers don't have a social security card; workers afraid of dismissal if they join a trade union.Yangon Region, Myanmar (Burma)SOMOChild Labor, Excessive Work Hours, Inspection Fraud, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard, Union Repression, Unpaid Overtime
01/02/2017House Technology Industries, Ltd.Fire breaks out at factory after mechanical accident; 5 reported deaths; 126 workers injured.General Trias, Cavite, PhilippinesRappler, CNN PhilippinesDeaths, Injuries & Diseases, Occupational Hazard
27/02/2017
(Supplier Of Apple)
(Supplier Of Samsung)
(Supplier Of Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt)
Investigation has found wretched working conditions in unregulated artisanal mines where cobalt is extracted for smartphones: abundant child labor; as young as four years old working; 12-hour daily shifts; workers earning as little as 8p a day; desperately dangerous conditions; exposure to cobalt and dust fumes; mine tunnels are dug by hand by miners who have no protective equipment; recent death reported due to mine collapse.Katanga, Democratic Republic of the CongoSky NewsChild Labor, Deaths, Excessive Work Hours, Injuries & Diseases, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard