Samsung Electronics has reportedly issued a public statement apologizing over the illnesses and deaths of some workers in the company’s production facilities. CEO Kwon Oh-hyun acknowledged the problem when he mentioned in an official note, “several workers at our production facilities suffered from leukemia and other incurable diseases, which also lead to some deaths.”
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According to Yonhapnewz (via The Verge), Kwon also added that Samsung would make appropriate compensations to the workers who have been affected by incurable illnesses and to the families of those who have died due to related health issues. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S22 could get 50MP main rear camera sensor, not 108MP
This public acknowledging and apologies comes groups of activists had accused Samsung over its hazardous work environment. The activists claimed that the dangerous work environments have affected the company’s employees, and a recent Bloomberg Businessweek report revealed that there have been cases of leukemia as well as blood cancers. The report highlighted the case of Hwang Yu-mi who died from a severe form of leukemia in 2007 by allegedly coming in contact with hazardous chemicals while working at a Samsung plant in Suwon.
Samsung has also been accused of suppressing news publications and forcing them to downplay health concerns in Korea. The company is also accused to have restricted the media from covering a movie based on Hwang.
Following the controversy, the company has now apologized over the severity of the issue by stating that “We should have settled the issue earlier, and we are deeply heartbroken that we failed to do so and express our deep apology.”