As part of the annual process of approving the accounts, electing the board member and completing its AGM shareholder, Nintendo has now released its CSR (corporate social responsibility) report which aims to to highlight the company’s policies in a wide range of sectors. U basic presentation is here, While this Q&A CSR has more details.
In terms of manufacturing conditions, Nintendo states that it continues to follow RBA (responsible business alliance) standards and communicate requirements to supply chain partners. This refers to working conditions as well as the purchase of parts – third parties are required to complete annual surveys and Nintendo conducts on-site inspections (which have been limited to remote inspections recently). This is very much the norm as far as Nintendo’s approach is concerned, which is a “fabless” production model, in the sense that Nintendo does not do manufacturing in-house.
On the topic of responsible approval of minerals, an area where the technology industry has been criticized for several years, Nintendo claims that its basic policy is that “minerals (including tin, tantalum, tungsten , gold and cobalt, etc. “*) that become a source of funding for organizations associated with human rights violations such as child labor, destruction of the environment, and inhuman use of military force, are not used in Nintendo products. “Nintendo claims to be involved in industry practices such as RMI (Responsible Minerals Initiative) and RMAP (Responsible Minerals Insurance Process).
In addressing its approach to the environment, Nintendo cites a variety of areas as its credentials. The regional offices follow and aim to reach the highest standards in areas such as recycling, renewable energy and sustainability. The packaging of the products uses recyclable materials, but it’s worth noting that Nintendo does no will state that it uses previously recycled materials for packaging, which again is a standard in the industry that could be improved if resources become available. The company also cites regional efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its business, such as ensuring 100% loads on trucks shipping goods to avoid wasted distribution.
Overall, Nintendo cites a number of standards and initiatives that follow to improve and maintain manufacturing conditions, purchasing and environmental impact. There is certainly an argument that more can be done in these areas, of course, and much of the approach depends on accurate and thoroughly verified surveys and reports from partners. It will also be interesting to see if reports from outside agencies and organizations appear in the coming months to assess the company’s performance in these areas.
For now, Nintendo is definitely making the case that it is making progress in these key areas of corporate social responsibility; Here’s hoping for a continued drive to improve further.