Samsung Halts Business With Factory Accused of Child Labor Violations
This article was written by John Vibes.
One of the most common arguments used by people in favor of government intervention in the marketplace is the emotionally charged issue of child labor. Many people believe that allowing an organization with a monopoly of force total oversight of every industry is the only way to protect children from getting forced into unfair working conditions.
This argument overlooks the fact that it is a national policy for the government to force children into schools from very young ages, where they are held as prisoners and indoctrinated for the most important formative years of their lives.
This fact alone should tell people that the government has no interest in the well being of children, but regardless, it is understandable that people want children to be protected from being taken advantage of. That is why it is important to point out in these arguments, that although government intervention in the marketplace is illegitimate and counter-productive, there are voluntary and peaceful ways that industries can self regulate these problems.
For example, Samsung Electronics recently suspended business with a Chinese supplier after allegations that it was using child labor, and withholding pay for long periods of time. The case is currently being investigated by independent organizations that are not affiliated with the government.
An independent organization called China Labor Watch first uncovered that young children were working at the Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Company, and then looked into the other allegations after interviewing employees.
Unlike some companies, Samsung has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to the conditions in their factories. This does not mean that they are humanitarians, but they are a business who understands that their reputation is important to their success, and they also understand that child labor is an unpopular thing that could hurt their business.
“Samsung decided to temporarily suspend business with the factory in question as it found evidence of suspected child labor at the work site. If the investigations conclude that the supplier indeed hired children illegally, Samsung will permanently halt business with the supplier,” a spokesperson for the game told the Financial Times.
Due to their diligence in privately investigating the companies that they do business with, Samsung has been able to create their products under standards that their customers are happy with. This may be one of the reasons why they are becoming much more popular and successful than companies who are known to be responsible for gross human rights violations in their factories.
Apple for example, is regulated by various governments, and they have factories that are regulated by various governments, yet they are constantly being accused of human rights violations. They have also been falling far behind Samsung in sales and popularity.
While there are likely many other factors involved in both the working conditions and the success of these companies, it is interesting to see how market regulation stands up to the force of government.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance at bookpatch.com.
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