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2018 Information & Communications Technology

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (KOSE:A005930)

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Samsung) ranks sixth out of 40 companies, disclosing more information on its forced labor policies and practices than its peers on all themes, and achieving the highest score for purchasing practices. It has improved its score by eight points since 2016 by developing and disclosing migrant worker guidelines and providing training on forced labor for internal staff, suppliers, labor sourcing companies, and recruitment agencies. Further, the company discloses analyzing suppliers' production capacity to manage working hours, and outcomes of grievances submitted by suppliers' workers on workplace aspects. KnowTheChain identified one allegation of forced labor in Samsung's supply chain. When introducing its migrant worker guidelines on its website, the company refers to media coverage of allegations, acknowledges the forced labor risks, and discloses steps taken to address and prevent such risks. However, the company does not disclose a detailed response to the allegation, nor outcomes of remedy for workers. The company is encouraged to improve its disclosure and practices on the themes of traceability and risk assessment, worker voice, and remedy.

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OUT OF 100

2018

  • Commitment and Governance

    90

  • Traceability and Risk Assessment

    31

  • Purchasing Practices

    86

  • Recruitment

    76

  • Worker Voice

    43

  • Monitoring

    60

  • Remedy

    50