Seoul • Samsung Electronics Co. said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children.
The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday it had found possible evidence of child labor and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co.
Samsung said last week it would urgently look into the Chinese supplier following a New York-based watchdog's report that it hired at least five children under the age of 16.
China Labor Watch said children as well as minors under 18 worked at Shinyang for three to six months to meet production targets during a period of high demand. The watchdog said the child workers were paid for 10 hours a day but worked 11 hours.