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Nintendo targeted by anti-slavery campaign, company responds

Thursday, 20th June 2013 12:23 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo has found itself in the cross-hairs of human rights organisation Walk Free, which claims the Japanese company procures raw minerals needed to make its products through slave labour. Nintendo has since responded to the 400,000-strong petition, which demands the company disclose an audit of its operations in order to prove its innocence.

MCV reports that the Walk Free campaign produced the above video message to Nintendo, currently found on the campaign’s website.

The group’s movement director Debra Rosen said in a statement, “While this parody allows gamers to demand that Nintendo articulate credible steps to ensure slavery is not in its supply chain, slavery is not a game. We’re not mocking the problem, we’re poking fun at the absurdity of Nintendo’s lack of response.

“Nintendo – as the world’s largest maker of video game machines – should be leading other consumer electronics companies in showing the public that they are working to have a supply chain free of slavery. Instead, they are lagging behind.”

In response, Nintendo UK issued the following statement on the matter:

“We take our social responsibilities as a global company very seriously. Nintendo outsources the manufacture and assembly of all Nintendo products to our production partners and therefore is not directly involved in the sourcing of raw materials that are ultimately used in our products.

“We nonetheless take our social responsibilities as a global company very seriously and expect our production partners to do the same. For this reason, we established the Nintendo CSR Procurement Guidelines. These Guidelines were originally issued in July 2008 and then revised in April 2011 to provide a specific guide for our production partners regarding socially responsible procurement practices.

“We expect that our production partners comply with these guidelines, which are based on relevant laws, international standards and guidelines that focus on protecting human rights, ensuring workplace safety, promoting corporate ethics and safeguarding the environment. These guidelines include provisions on the sourcing of raw materials and the importance of investigating the source of materials to avoid using any unlawfully collected materials.

“For more information on our production processes, you might want to look at our most recent Corporate Social Responsibility report: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/csr/en/index.html”

In the past Nintendo’s environmental footprint have been called into question, and MCV adds that in 2007 the company scored a zero rating in Greenpace’s efficiency rankings.

What do you make of the above dispute?

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9 Comments

  1. CyberMarco

    What about Apple?

    lol, the Internet…

    #1 1 year ago
  2. YoungZer0

    @1: By slaves for slaves.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    what the heck nintendo!??….

    #3 1 year ago
  4. POOP CRUSTY

    Dammit I knew Mario wasn’t a plumber willingly.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. The_Red

    @2
    Dude, that’s a trade secret. You shouldn’t reveal Apple’s secret formula like that.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. MCTJim

    and those shoes and sneakers that are on the ones feet demanding a response?

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Cobra951

    I think that the leaders of Walk Free are terrorism-supporting pedophiles. I demand proof of their innocence, or they will forever be branded this way.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. bennyx

    @7
    That’s well funny what lol ha ha ha

    #8 1 year ago
  9. NightCrawler1970

    @1 Amen bro, thats why i never bought any apple system.. because of that…
    making Iphone as production for 100 bucks pays those chinese labor less than 4,5 a hour, but selling Iphones on the market for 599,-

    and not paying IRS???

    Time to investigate apple…

    #9 1 year ago

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