In order to work with its production partners to make ever better products, Nintendo provides the Nintendo CSR Procurement Guidelines to all of its production partners and maintains a dialogue with them through on-site inspections. Through such actions Nintendo strives for its production partners to understand and share Nintendo's way of thinking.
These on-site inspections are used not just to point out areas for improvement, but also to explain why improvements are necessary and to convey the reasoning behind the on-site inspections. In short, they are used as an opportunity to provide the production partners with a deeper understanding of Nintendo's way of thinking. They are also a valuable opportunity for Nintendo to gain first-hand knowledge of the conditions at the production sites.
In recent years, reviewing systems for information management has become an area of emphasis in these on-site inspections. We ask our production partners to enact strict information management practices to prevent the leak of unpublicized information specific to products and to immediately improve any identified problem areas.
Another focus of the on-site inspections is to check whether vulnerable workers, such as workers who may be pregnant or considered minors, are being protected. There is a growing awareness about the importance of protecting these workers, and while we are observing steady improvements in this area, we continue to maintain a dialogue with our production partners to ensure that continuous efforts are being made.
Furthermore, Nintendo devotes time to educating production partners on the non-use of conflict minerals so they have a deeper understanding of the issue.