South Korea-based electronics maker Samsung has ordered its Chinese suppliers to change their hiring practices after a watchdog group claimed to have found evidence of child labour.
The firm said its own investigation had not corroborated the allegations, but that it would introduce new rules including more stringent identity checks.
The firm stressed that in future contracts will be immediately terminated if evidence of child labour is uncovered, the Telegraph reports.
The internal investigation by Samsung follows a report published in September by China Labor Watch, which said it found abuses at six factories owned and operated by Samsung and two of its suppliers' facilities.
As well as child labour, the alleged violations included forced overtime work amounting to more than 100 hours a month, unpaid work and 11 to 12 hours of standing.
The eight plants investigated by China Labor Watch employed a combined 24,000 workers making mobile phones, DVD players, mobile displays and air conditioners.
According to the paper, one factory employed seven children under 16, it alleged. (ANI)