In an unusual string of accusations, Microsoft’s Xbox has been accused of exploiting children in between the ages of 16 and 17 to manufacture its Xbox console in Dongguan, southern China.
This report comes in light of the National Labor Committee, which is a child rights activist group, investigating exploitation incurred by large US corporations around the world. The activist group has come out with startling findings with regards to the working conditions of the children working in the KYE Systems factory. In some of the findings the factory was overcrowded with more than 1,000 child workers. As much as 14 children had to share a single room and working on less that 37p a day.
According to Brian Tobey, head of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices unit, Microsoft X-Box is sending a group of auditors to investigate the findings. Microsoft also claims that it had conducted a quarterly assessment of the factory earlier on, and had not found any such issues.
Issues of child labor are hardly heard of in today’s IT majors. But what may seem to be the residues of the impending recessions, such actions of child labor are certainly not benefiting a corporate social value.