Electronics company Samsung accepted the arbitration proposal on compensation for hundreds of South Korean workers that suffered from severe diseases such as leukemia caused by unsafe working conditions. The agreement was signed on July 24.

Baskut Tuncak, UN’s Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of hazardous substances and wastes, is also pleased with this result. In a press statement he states: “This is a step in the right direction by a global business enterprise, recognizing their responsibility for providing victims an effective remedy and what I hope will ensure higher standards in worker protection to prevent any recurrence, although I would have wished to see this decision taken years ago. I encourage Samsung and other businesses in the electronics sector to further enhance the protection of workers throughout their global operations.”

Read more in the Special Rapporteurs press release