Samsung has issued an official apology in response to reports of workers contracting leukemia and other incurable diseases from exposure to various chemicals in the company's factories.
At least 56 cases have been reported of individuals contracting lethal diseases from exposure to Samsung’s hazardous working environments. The information was made public in a recent documentary called Another Promise, which profiles a man named Hwang Sang-Ki who lost his daughter Yu-mi to leukemia after she began working at a semiconductor plant for Samsung.
According to the Verge, Samsung Electronics CEO Kwon Oh-hyun has now publicly admitted “several workers at our production facilities suffered from leukemia and other incurable diseases, which also lead to some deaths.” He also issued an apology, stating, "We should have settled the issue earlier, and we are deeply heartbroken that we failed to do so and express our deep apology."
In addition to the apology, Samsung has vowed to compensate families such as Hwang Sang-Ki who have been affected by the company’s mistakes.
“We will make appropriate compensation to those who were affected and their families,” Kwon Oh-hyun also said in his statement.
According to Bloomberg, the amount of compensation to be distributed to each family is still undetermined. The company plans to work with a third-party panel to mediate the issue on a case-by-case basis.