Samsung apologises to employees for exposure to chemicals which may have caused cancer

Original story from May 15, 2014

SOUTH Korean technology giant Samsung has apologised to employees who say they suffered cancer as a result of chemical exposure in its chip factories.

The world’s largest producer of memory chips and mobile phones promised to pay compensation to survivors and relatives, marking an abrupt shift in Samsung’s stance on the years-long movement to hold the company to account.

However, a Samsung spokesman said the apology was not an admission of a link between the chemicals used in its chip factories and cancer and other diseases that in many cases led to employee deaths.

“We could have been more diligent in addressing the hardship and sorrow of former employees and the families of the deceased,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

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