Samsung Electronics has apologised to workers who developed cancer after working at its factories, ending a decade-long dispute.
More than 300 people suffered from work-related illnesses, campaign groups say, with at least 117 of them dying. The Korean group has also vowed to compensate all by 2028.
“Our effort was insufficient to better understand the pain affected workers and their families went through,” Samsung Electronics Chief Executive Kim Ki-nam said in a public apology during an event to sign the agreement with the advocacy group.
Samsung will pay up to 150 million won ($132,649.45) for each former and current employee suffering from work-related diseases if they are found to be caused by exposure to harmful chemicals.
Samsung did not elaborate on the potential size of the total compensation.
📷 Samsung Electronics co-president Kim Ki-nam bows as he makes a formal apology to victims of work-related diseases pic.twitter.com/fr5T8Khcdg
— AFP news agency (@AFP) November 23, 2018