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Business Partner Relations

What is Nintendo's view on business partner relations?

We place great importance on building strong relationships with all our business partners in areas such as production, development, and sales. Through these relationships, we are able to offer even higher quality products and services to our consumers.


What is the fabless production model?

Fabless is derived from "fabrication-less," meaning "without fabrication facilities." At Nintendo, we do not own the production factories that manufacture our products. Production processes are outsourced to external production partners.

Representatives from our manufacturing division regularly visit our production partners' manufacturing sites to directly check production processes and give advice on improvements to ensure safety and improve the quality of Nintendo products.


What is CSR procurement?

CSR procurement is the practice of setting not only Green Procurement standards for the procurement of parts for our dedicated video game systems and accessories that consider environmental protection and safety, but also certain social responsibility principles such as legal compliance, respect for human rights, and addressing responsible mineral procurement as criteria for doing business. This encourages production partners to promote CSR.


How does Nintendo verify its production partners' performance on CSR?

We share the Nintendo CSR Procurement Guidelines, which include specific requirements on human rights, sustainability, and ethical sourcing, with all of our first-tier suppliers, who are required to formally agree. We also ask our first-tier suppliers to report on their management status along with their CSR initiative status, which is included in the Business Status Survey, each year.

Furthermore, we conduct on-site inspections at production partners' sites based on Business Status Survey results in an effort to confirm compliance with our Guidelines and the status of our production partner CSR initiatives.

In addition to our own on-site inspections, we have incorporated an independent third-party auditing process since fiscal year 2013 to increase transparency and affirm that our CSR Procurement Guidelines are being followed.


What is Nintendo's approach to responsible mineral procurement?

Nintendo Responsible Mineral Procurement Policy

Nintendo is committed to socially responsible raw material procurement practices and works closely with production partners to ensure that as a basic policy, minerals (including tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold, and cobalt, etc.*) that become a source of finances for organizations associated with human rights violations such as child labor, environmental destruction, and the inhumane use of military force, are not used in Nintendo products.
 The Nintendo CSR Procurement Guidelines include the following initiatives:

  1. We investigate the supply chain of minerals used in our products, referring to guidelines such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's "OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas".
  2. We incorporate in our supplier contracts a section on compliance with the Nintendo CSR Procurement Guidelines, taking this and other opportunities to ensure that all production partners have a clear understanding of Nintendo's policies and our requirement that they conduct business in accordance with these policies.
  3. We require production partners to establish a policy that prohibits the use of minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas in their respective supply chains.
  4. We make use of validated supply chains and proactively apply procurement methods that support the elimination of the aforementioned minerals sourced from conflict-affected and high-risk areas in our supply chain. We do this in collaboration with our production partners and use industry best practices, such as RMI (Responsible Minerals Initiative) RMAP (Responsible Minerals Assurance Process) and other programs, as they are developed.

* Minerals from areas designated as conflict-affected and high-risk in the "OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas", as well as those determined by Nintendo to pose a high risk from the viewpoint of social responsibility.

Please refer to the following URL for information on our responsible mineral procurement initiatives.
Putting Smiles on the Faces of Our Supply Chain


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