AAPL), which had hired Foxconn to make consumer electronics in China. Analysts said at the time mainland Chinese firms were treating workers worse than Foxconn, but none faced the same scrutiny. In November last year, labor rights activists accused Samsung Electronics of hiring girls as young as 16 at two China plants and requiring workers to sign blank contracts. The allegations grabbed attention because Samsung is a global brand. What about its local counterparts? GSK, one of the world's biggest pharmaceutical makers, shows signs of working with Chinese authorities. If that cooperation goes well, the company might need to pay a fine and develop a well-publicized internal cure for whatever legal ailments that that the police find. Its executives have condemned whatever happened but not explained the acts in much detail.