Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

Nintendo’s track record in conflict minerals is praised, but there is an important takeaway

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Just recently, Nintendo released a corporate social responsibility report; although there is always room for improvement, its various policies have various positive factors. One area to be addressed in manufacturing is to find critical resources to avoid “conflict minerals” from mines and smelters that fund militias and cause crime and human rights violations.

GamesIndustry.biz An annual report evaluating the field has been released, as well as records of major technology companies including Nintendo. There are many interesting details about the background of the problem, the legislation in the United States and Europe, and the overall trends and progress being made. Companies make disclosures every year, and technology companies are usually “pretty good” compared to some other industries.

We encourage you to read the report (link above and at the end of this article) because it provides key information to help understand the problem.

Especially in terms of Nintendo’s position, it has done a very good technical job not manufacturing and purchasing conflict minerals for it.However, there was a major problem with this assessment, as Nintendo achieved an impressive level of compliance by simply avoid Countries with challenges and requiring additional audit work.

This year, Nintendo once again saw the response rate of its suppliers reached 100%, and the 266 SORs (smelters and refineries) in the chain met the requirements 100%. These are not just 3TG (tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold) smelters, because the list also includes 11 eligible cobalt smelters.

This is commendable, but Nintendo seems to be one of the companies that achieved its compliance numbers by removing the entire country from its supply chain, even if the SOR there has been certified by industry standards.

…Nintendo released a list of its 266 SORs and their locations. We found only one in one of the countries covered by the Dodd-Frank Act-a tin smelter in Rwanda. None of them are in the EU’s CAHRA (Conflict Affected and High Risk Areas) list.

All in all, Nintendo’s manufacturing—and the products we buy—have no conflict minerals in its production. However, Nintendo achieved this goal by simply avoiding countries with risk and conflict mineral problems, which can be said to be the wrong way. The ideal approach (some companies use this method) is to source from certified suppliers in “conflict-affected” areas to support their industry while avoiding unintentional contributions to militias and criminal groups.

Nintendo finally adopted a simpler method to avoid the deeper challenges of this problem.It gives consumers peace of mind because its products are not made of conflict minerals, but it does not serve improve The problems of the affected countries.

From Nintendo’s point of view, this seems to be the current state of the game. I hope that the entire industry will continue to improve in the next few years.