With consumers increasingly paying attention to working conditions in the supply chain, companies have published ambitious ethical commitments to promote a responsible image. Samsung proclaims to be “one of the most ethical companies in the world” and publishes prescriptive and detailed ethical commitments on workers’ rights.

In contrast, NGOs’ investigations have uncovered alleged fundamental rights’ violations in Samsung’s supply chain: employment of children under the age of sixteen years old; abusive working hours; working and living conditions incompatible with human dignity.