Nintendo’s Record On Conflict Minerals Is Praised, But With An Important Catch

Avoids rather than confronts problem areas.

Just recently Nintendo released its corporate social responsibility report; there were various positives in its various policies, albeit there is always room for improvement. One area that’s tackled, in manufacturing, is the sourcing of key resources with the desire to avoid ‘conflict minerals’ from mines and smelters that fund militias and lead to crime and human rights abuses. has published its annual report assessing this area, and also the records of major technology companies including Nintendo. There’s a lot of interesting detail on the background of the problem, the legislation in the US and Europe to counter it, and the general trends and progress being made. Companies make disclosures each year, with tech companies typically being “quite good” compared to some other industries.

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