Paris, 17 December 2015
Sherpa has been investigating alleged human rights violations in Samsung factories since 2013. After an initial complaint was dismissed in 2014, our organization and Indecosa-CGT are now summoning electronics giant SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS FRANCE (SEF) and SAMSUNG WORLD to appear before the Bobigny court in proceedings concerning its deceptive commercial practices.
The weight of the evidence gathered in China Labor Watch’s report has convinced Sherpa to resort to a direct summons.
The reports produced notably by local NGO China Labor Watch are extremely well documented, and reveal human rights violations in SAMSUNG factories in China and Korea such as: exploitation of children under 16, excessive working hours, endangerment of workers, exposure to toxic substances (benzene), forced labour and use of violence against workers.
Whereas the world’s leading smartphone producer boasts about having set up exemplary ethical commitments in its factories in order to prevent human rights violations, Sherpa and Indecosa-CGT intend to put on trial the double talk by which this corporation seduces consumers through ethical arguments, whilst behaving unethically.
These proceedings also aim to remind companies that the French Consumer Code can constitute a sound basis for the struggle against the legal unaccountability of large corporations which boast about being the market’s most virtuous operators.
• Arnaud Faucon, Indecosa-CGT’s national secretary : +33 (0)6 08 10 62 42
• Laetitia Liebert, Sherpa’s executive director: +33 (0)6 52 16 35 61
• Marie-Laure Guislain, Sherpa’s head of litigation: +33 (0)6 60 29 59 64