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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 of 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, etc. 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 that consider environmental protection and safety, but also certain social responsibility principles, such as legal compliance, respect for human rights and addressing the conflict minerals issue, as criteria for doing business to encourage 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 to them. 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 partners' 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 the Conflict Minerals issue?

Nintendo Conflict Minerals Policy

Nintendo is committed to socially responsible procurement practices and works closely with production partners to ensure conflict minerals, tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold that are mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or its adjoining countries and become a funding source for armed groups associated with environmental destruction and human rights violations, are not used in Nintendo products.

  1. We investigate the supply chain of materials used in our products.
  2. We ensure a clear understanding of the Nintendo Conflict Minerals Policy with production partners through distribution of the Nintendo CSR Procurement Guidelines, training and education and visits to factories and corporate offices and require them to conduct business accordingly.
  3. We require production partners to establish a policy that prohibits the use of conflict minerals in their respective supply chains.
  4. We require production partners to use a validated supply chain once a conflict-free supply chain is established through initiatives such as the EICC-GeSI* Conflict-Free Smelter program.

* In October 2017, EICC became the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), CFSI became Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) and the Conflict-Free Smelter Program became Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP).

Please refer to the following URL for information on our conflict mineral initiatives.
Working With Our Production Partners


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