Nintendo criticised over "blood minerals"
A letter signed by nearly half a million people from 64 different countries was delivered to Nintendo offices on June 26th 2013 demanding that the company get the “blood” off its products.
Called “conflict minerals” or “blood minerals,” elements such as gold and the ores that make tungsten and tin are mined -- often at gunpoint -- by men, women and children in Congolese mines and used by most major electronics companies. Nintendo is one of the worst offenders, said Debrah Rosen, movement director at WalkFree.org
“Intel is looking at conflict-free devices by the end of the year. HP, Apple, Nokia, and many others have policies to source from conflict-free smelters. Many companies publish the number of smelters they use.”
“Nintendo does zero of that.”
Nintendo said in reply: "We at Nintendo take our social responsibilities as a global company very seriously and expect our production partners to do the same. Nintendo bans the use of conflict minerals and we continue to work with our suppliers to ensure our ban is upheld."
The Enough Project released a report last August which placed Nintendo last in its corporate rankings on the issue.
Nintendo has yet to join the electronics industry audit program for conflict-free smelters nor has it required its suppliers to use only conflict-free smelters – the bare minimum requirement for taking action on conflict minerals.
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