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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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THEME & indicator score
The benchmark methodology has seven themes, selected to capture the key areas where companies need to take action to eradicate forced labour from their supply chains. The themes are comprised of a total of 12 key indicators. For each indicator, a company can score a total of 100 points.
Commitment and Governance
This theme evaluates a company's commitment to addressing forced labor, supply chain standards, management processes and board oversight, training programs, and engagement with stakeholders.
|Commitment||100 / 100|
|Supply Chain Standards||100 / 100|
|Management and Accountability||75 / 100|
|Training||100 / 100|
|Stakeholder Engagement||75 / 100|
Traceability and Risk Assessment
This theme measures the extent to which a company demonstrates an understanding of its suppliers and their workforce by disclosing relevant information, and assesses and discloses forced labor risks across its supply chains.
|Traceability and Supply Chain Transparency||12.5 / 100|
|Risk Assessment||50 / 100|
This theme assesses to what extent a company adopts responsible purchasing practices and integrates supply chain standards into supplier selection and supplier contracts. It also assesses the degree to which a company cascades their standards down its supply chains.
|Purchasing Practices||45 / 100|
|Supplier Selection||100 / 100|
|Integration into Supplier Contracts||100 / 100|
|Cascading Standards Through the Supply Chain||100 / 100|
|Recruitment Approach||30 / 100|
|Recruitment Fees||75 / 100|
|Monitoring and Ethical Recruitment||100 / 100|
|Migrant Worker Rights||100 / 100|
This theme measures the extent to which a company engages with workers in its supply chains, enables freedom of association, and ensures access to effective and trusted grievance mechanisms.
|Communication of Policies||100 / 100|
|Worker Voice||0 / 100|
|Freedom of Association||0 / 100|
|Grievance Mechanism||70 / 100|
This theme evaluates a company's process for auditing suppliers (including whether it performs non-scheduled visits, reviews relevant documents such as wage slips or contracts, interviews workers, and audits lower-tier suppliers) and providing disclosure on the outcomes of supplier audits.
|Auditing Process||70 / 100|
|Auditing Disclosure||/ 100|
This theme measures the extent to which a company has corrective action plan processes for non-compliant suppliers and ensures remedy is provided to workers in its supply chains who are victims of forced labor. Publicly available allegations of forced labor in a company's supply chains which occurred in the past three years, and how a company has responded to and addressed those allegations, are also assessed as part of this theme.
|Corrective Action Plans||62.5 / 100|
|Remedy Programs and Response to Allegations||37.5 / 100|