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Environmental Initiatives In response to society's expectations, and to cultivate a better environment for future generations, Nintendo is not only exercising care with our office environment, but also embarking on various initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of our products. These initiatives span the design stage to post-sales repair and support, and continue through to recycling.

Environmental Considerations in Our Products

 At Nintendo, based on the thinking that we must consider the global environment in designing our video game systems and accessories, we design with energy efficiency in mind, select components with lower environmental impact, and opt for packaging materials that are easy to recycle. These are some of the ways we constantly try to reduce our environmental impact as we develop our products.

Design

Energy-Efficient Design

 Based on the idea that we need to consider the global environment in our design, at Nintendo, we do our best to develop products that are energy-efficient, and continue to work on energy efficiency of products even after their release.

Nintendo Switch Family of Systems

 Nintendo Switch has an Auto-Brightness Adjustment function that uses a sensor to adjust the brightness of the system's screen depending on the lighting conditions of the surrounding area. This reduces battery power consumption when in handheld and tabletop modes.
 We have continued to implement energy efficiency improvements for Nintendo Switch after its launch, resulting in extended battery life for the current model released in 2019.
 Nintendo Switch Lite, released after that, also uses the same energy-saving mechanism as the current Nintendo Switch model.

Battery Life

Original
Nintendo Switch
model
Approximately 2.5 to 6.5 hours
Current
Nintendo Switch
model
Approximately 4.5 to 9.0 hours
Nintendo Switch Lite Approximately 3.0 to 7.0 hours

Note 1: The duration may change depending on the software being played.
Note 2: These are estimates. The time may be shorter depending on usage conditions.

Designs That Conserve Resources and Allow Recycling

 Nintendo is working to avoid the unnecessary use of resources, and conducting the following initiatives to conserve resources and increase recyclability.

[Products]
  • Reduce the use of composite materials*1 in our product design
  • Improve ease of disassembly
  • Ensure labelling of constituent materials to make them easier to recycle after disassembly
  • Expand the use of resource-conserving materials
  • Consider how to reduce environmental impact at disposal
[Packaging]
  • Use recyclable paper for hardware packaging (outer box)
  • Use recyclable plastic for software packaging (plastic storage case)
  • Use recyclable materials for packaging accessories
*1 Composite materials
Composite materials combine separate materials, such as "paper + aluminum" or "paper + plastic," into a single material. These are generally considered difficult to recycle.

Country-Specific Packaging Initiatives

 In some regions, our local subsidiaries are responsible for creating and producing the operations manuals, shipping boxes, and other printed items included with our products. These subsidiaries have material procurement standards based on Nintendo Co., Ltd.'s Green Procurement Standards, and they source materials according to those standards. We also promote environmental initiatives based on local circumstances, including the use of recycled paper in printed material such as shipping boxes, and discontinuing the use of polystyrene foam in shipping.
 For example, since January 2020, Nintendo of Europe has been using 100% recyclable shrink foil with 50% sugarcane biomass ethanol content in packaging materials for software packaged with exclusive items.

Use of Vegetable Inks and Non-VOC Inks

 One example of resource-conserving material is the use of vegetable ink and non-VOC ink in printed items. Vegetable ink uses soybean oil instead of the petroleum-based solvents used in ordinary ink (which are more likely to adversely affect the environment). Paper using vegetable ink readily decomposes even if disposed of in a landfill. It also has additional water- and energy-saving benefits because of the ease of separating paper and ink when making recycled paper. Non-VOC ink is even more environmentally friendly than vegetable ink, with petroleum-based solvent content of less than 1%. We use vegetable ink and non-VOC ink as much as possible for game labels on physical software and for hardware packaging.

Environmental Considerations for Operations Manuals

Nintendo Switch support web page

Nintendo Switch support web page

 To promote paper conservation, Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Japan) is working to digitize operations manuals included with hardware and software in cooperation with overseas subsidiaries.
 For Nintendo Switch, which was launched in March 2017, we post operations manuals on Nintendo support web pages instead of providing printed versions. In addition, for Nintendo Switch software published by Nintendo, instructions on gameplay controls, etc. are now displayed on-screen.

Chemical Substance Control

 Nintendo controls and regulates the use of chemical substances with an eye toward preventing adverse health effects from video game systems and accessories, and reducing their environmental impact.
 We define substances subject to control and regulation as "environment-related substances," and manage these in three levels: "banned substances," "restricted-use substances," and "substances under application control."

Environment-Related Substances
Banned Substances
Substances that are controlled by relevant laws and regulations, or are considered unsuitable by Nintendo.
Restricted-Use Substances
Substances that may be used in specific products with due consideration for safety and product characteristics, but whose use is restricted for environmental reasons.
Substances Under Application Control
Substances for which the content should be continuously monitored, such as substances that may affect the human body.

For detailed information on target substances, see our Q&A About Nintendo's CSR: Environmental Measures.

Please see here for the Environment Related Substance List (February 2021 revision).

Checks for Environmental Consideration in Product Development

 Nintendo has formulated and implemented an Environmental Consideration Checklist in its development departments to promote the environmentally friendly design described above. The checklist has multiple check items for various fields such as "power-saving," "recycling," and "conserving resources." Each item is checked during design and development proceeds with approval from the person responsible.

Procurement and Production

Advancing Green Procurement*2

 Nintendo promotes green procurement starting with the material selection stage, so that we can create video game systems and accessories that do not contain harmful chemical substances. Specifically, we have established an environment-friendly "Green Procurement Standard," and certify production partners*3 and materials that meet these standards as "Green Suppliers" and "Green Parts" respectively.
 We also promote green procurement of operation manuals, product packaging, and shipping boxes. These materials are procured according to the standards established based on circumstances in each country.

*2 Green procurement
Prioritizing the selection and purchase of environment-friendly choices, such as those that do not contain harmful chemical substances, when procuring parts and other items for products.
*3 Production partners
Business partners involved in the production of Nintendo products, including first-tier suppliers that directly contract with Nintendo, factories to which the product assembly is outsourced, and parts suppliers.
Green Supplier and Green Parts Certification

 Nintendo checks compliance with our Green Procurement Standard at each manufacturing location, such as the offices and factories of the companies we partner with to produce video game systems and accessories.
 When certifying a Green Supplier, we have built a system to certify not only via documents but also with on-site verification, depending on the risk of chemical contamination by parts manufactured by the production partner.
 Likewise, when certifying Green Parts, we have built a system for validation that follows on from the examination results of the Green Supplier certification. We have each production partner (Green Supplier) submit a "Prohibited Substance Non-Use Guarantee," guaranteeing that their parts meet Nintendo's hazardous substance management standards. In addition, our dedicated internal department also verifies the validity of this guarantee. If necessary, we perform an in-house chemical analysis to see if the delivered materials and products meet management standards for harmful substances.

Working Toward Eliminating the Use of Specific Chemical Substances

 Nintendo has accumulated expertise in chemical substance management of the entire supply chain, including upstream part and component manufacturers, in accordance with the RoHS Directive*4 and the REACH Regulation in Europe, and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act*5 in the U.S.
 Among the legally restricted chemical substances, we give particular attention to verifying the chemical substance contamination route of pollutants which sometimes come from raw materials, indirect materials and manufacturing equipment involved in the part manufacturing process. We share this accumulated knowledge on chemical substance management with each production partner with the intent of achieving a manufacturing process throughout the entire supply chain that consumers can trust.

*4 RoHS Directive
Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive by the European Union that regulates the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and four newly added phthalate esters (bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)) in electrical and electronic products.
*5 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
U.S. legislation that regulates the use of phthalates and lead on product surfaces.
Testing to Check for Chemical Substances

 Nintendo does both external and internal chemical analysis as needed to check conformity with our Green Procurement Standard for materials used in our video game systems and accessories.

Transportation and Sales

Environmental Considerations in Product Transport

 Nintendo implements a variety of initiatives to reduce environmental impact when transporting our products. We review shipping routes, promote modal shift*6, design shipping boxes considering factors such as loading efficiency, try to achieve high loading rates and a lower number of shipments, and reuse packaging materials.

*6 Modal shift
Prioritizing modes of transportation with lower environmental impact, like trains and ships.

Nintendo of Europe

Reducing Environmental Load Through Modal Shift

 Nintendo of Europe proactively works to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport of its products by advancing modal shift and other initiatives.
 As an example, we mainly use rail for inbound containers from European ports to our distribution centers. For outbound shipments from our European distribution centers to retail partners, our aim is always to load trucks to their full capacity to keep the number of single shipments as low as possible. This is also supported by our IT system, which consolidates orders into a single outbound shipment when possible, taking into consideration the delivery dates requested by retail partners.

Digital Sale of Software

 In addition to selling packaged software, Nintendo also sells software that can be downloaded over the Internet. Digital software can be purchased at home, and saved on the system or SD card. This increases the convenience for consumers as they no longer need to swap out software and leads to a lower environmental impact by reducing product shipping and packaging.

Repair and Support

Repairs and Support for Prolonged Enjoyment

 Nintendo believes it is important for consumers to form an attachment to our products and keep using them for a long time. This is also significant for protecting the global environment, and we have set up systems to carry out repairs whenever possible. In addition, we are working on improving our support sites and proactively providing information to our consumers.
 Nintendo Co., Ltd. has established the Nintendo Service Center as a point of contact for product repairs and parts sales in Japan.
 From July 2019, the Nintendo Service Center has been replacing only the IC chip on the circuit board for some Nintendo Switch repairs, where previously the entire circuit board was replaced. This has reduced the number of boards used. Through efforts like this, our repair departments continue to work daily to make improvements and conserve resources.
 Outside of Japan, we have set up repair facilities that suit each country's circumstances and allow us to promptly respond to our consumers' repair requests.
 In addition, so that users can keep their game systems in good condition and continue to use them for a long time, we used Nintendo Switch repair data to create a reference page of actions that may damage the system (in Japanese), and published it on our support site.

Recycling

Post-Sales Recycling

 Nintendo considers it important to promote recycling of products and packaging material after their use. As such, we provide information to our consumers regarding collection and recycling of products, and bear recycling costs in accordance with laws and regulations. To learn more about our local recycling efforts, please refer to our Q&A About Nintendo's CSR: Environmental Measures.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Japan)

Compliance With the Small Electronic Appliance Recycling Act

 Some Nintendo products including hardware consoles, AC adapters, cables, and accessories fall under the Small Electronic Appliance Recycling Act. This law was enacted to promote the recovery and recycling of small household appliances. The manufacturers that produce and sell small household appliances are held responsible for designing products that are environmentally friendly and easy to recycle. We have long undertaken environmentally considerate design, keeping resource conservation and safety in mind, as well as ease of disassembly.
 Although it is the responsibility of the consumer to dispose of small home appliances in conjunction with local regulations, we share information on how to dispose of and recycle our products on the various product support web pages (in Japanese). Our hope is that we will increase awareness of this new law among our consumers.

Nintendo of America Inc.

Post-Sales Recycling in the U.S. and Canada

 Nintendo of America offers consumers, both in the U.S. and Canada, recycling for any of their video game products (not just Nintendo products) through our Take Back Program.
 Under this program, Nintendo of America will supply postage, along with instructions on how to send their video game products to us for R2*7 certified recycling. Upon request, we will also provide fully recyclable packaging for the consumer. Our recycling partners are all contractually required to have R2 certification to ensure that the materials are handled properly and securely.

*7 R2
Responsible Recycling is a standard for recycling electronics that has spread throughout North and South America. The official name is Responsible Recycling ("R2") Practices for Use in Accredited Certification Programs for Electronics Recyclers.

Nintendo Australia Pty Limited

Post-Sales Recycling in Australia

 Nintendo Australia encourages all of its consumers to utilize local council E-waste (electronic waste) collections for safe, environmentally-friendly disposal of Nintendo products.
 Nintendo Australia's Repair and Service Centre offers a free recycling collection point for all Nintendo products. Whether sent in to our Repair and Service Centre for repair or exchanged at one of our retail partners, we ensure that all Nintendo products are a part of our recovery, reuse, and recycling programs to minimize waste and the impact on the environment.

Environmental Considerations in Our Business Activities

 Nintendo employs a fabless production model, in which we outsource all of our production processes, such as product manufacturing and assembly, to domestic and overseas production partners. As a result, Nintendo's environmental efforts focus mainly on our business processes, through which we advance our initiatives to conserve energy and make more effective use of resources.

Energy-Saving Activities

 Whenever a new office is designed and built for Nintendo, we take into account environmental considerations to the greatest possible extent, such as incorporating eco-friendly air conditioning and lighting into our facilities.
 Nintendo Co., Ltd.'s Development Center, which opened for business in June 2014 in Japan, incorporates eco-friendly technology such as a high-efficiency air conditioning system, solar and wind power generation, and a system to reuse rainwater. It achieved the S Rank, the highest rank awarded under CASBEE Kyoto*8, a green building rating system.
 The Nintendo of America headquarters, which was completed in April 2010, was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED*9 Gold certification. Our other overseas subsidiaries are also encouraged to take positive steps by using renewable energy for their offices and promoting clean commuting.

*8 CASBEE Kyoto
CASBEE Kyoto is a system of original standards defined by Kyoto City to embody its goals for environmental considerations in construction. It is based on the Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE), a common standard throughout Japan for prioritizing and reviewing items which enable proper evaluation and guidance of environmentally friendly construction.
*9 LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LEED is a system that comprehensively evaluates the environmental quality of a building's design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

Nintendo of America Inc.

Reduction of Office CO2 Emissions

 The Sustainability Committee at Nintendo of America was established in 2020 and is comprised of members selected from various departments across the organization. It is an extension of Nintendo's ongoing environment-focused CSR activities, with the goal to explore new opportunities to advance sustainability efforts.
 In 2020, as a result of the Sustainability Committee's efforts to reduce CO2 emissions from operations, Nintendo of America purchased 100% renewable energy for its Redmond offices and suburban shipping facility. It also participates in a carbon-balance program to contribute to local reforestation projects to offset CO2 generated by its natural gas usages in cafeterias and other areas.

Nintendo of America Inc.

Involvement in the Environment and Community Through the Green Team

 The Nintendo of America Green Team consists of volunteers from all areas of the company who passionately support Nintendo's mission to be an environmentally friendly organization and workplace. The Green Team's objective is to build a strong community to share ideas and inspiration with employees to help them choose environmentally friendly options at work and at home.
 In 2020, although we were unable to hold in-person events due to the pandemic, the Green Team continued to have virtual events to share resources and ideas to promote activities and lifestyles that have less impact on the environment.

Nintendo of Europe GmbH (Germany)

Reducing CO2 Emissions

 Nintendo of Europe (Germany) has a strong focus on reducing its CO2 emissions, and converted the electricity supply contract for its headquarters to renewable energy in fiscal year 2012.
 Nintendo of Europe also focused on raising the energy awareness of employees by providing information via the intranet and monitoring for unnecessary power consumption.
 In addition, Nintendo of Europe has been working continuously on reducing CO2 emissions from its car fleet.

Nintendo of Europe GmbH (Italy)

Consideration of Sustainability in Event Booths

 Nintendo of Europe (Italy) exhibited at Milan Games Week 2019 and Lucca Comics & Games 2019, two of Italy's largest events dedicated to video games. For these events, Nintendo partnered with a sustainable event planning company to implement booth elements attentive to sustainability. These considerations included making use of reusable modular structures and energy efficient lighting, as well as water-based ink printing and recyclable materials in decorations.

Nintendo Ibérica, S.A. (Spain)

Pursuing Sustainability in a New Office

 In September 2019, Nintendo Ibérica (Spain) relocated to a new office. The new location offers improved natural lighting and air circulation with a 25% reduction in energy consumption compared to conventional buildings, and has also received a Platinum certification under the LEED for New Construction system.
 Nintendo Ibérica is also reducing the amount of paper used in our daily work to create a paperless office that will lead to improved environmental sustainability. The habit of working without paper has been a great advantage when working from home. Our paper consumption decreased significantly in 2020, due in part to working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 In addition, we are encouraging the purchase of electric vehicles at Nintendo Ibérica and will continue our efforts to reduce our environmental burden.

Promoting Waste Reduction and Recycling

 We recognize the importance of resources, and work hard both to minimize the production of waste and to effectively utilize resources by thoroughly separating all waste products. We also strive for effective resource utilization. At each of its offices in Japan, Nintendo Co., Ltd. has established a system for proper waste management and disposal, including recycling, and has appointed a supervisor to oversee the organizational system at each location.
 Similar systems for proper waste management and disposal have also been put into place at our overseas subsidiaries. Efforts such as partial digitization of workflows promote waste output by reducing paper consumption.

Reducing Water Use

 Nintendo recognizes that water shortages are a serious issue in various regions around the world, and that water will become an even more precious resource in the years to come. With this in mind, we have taken steps to reduce our water usage, including installing water-conserving equipment and using septic systems that reuse stored rainwater for toilets or landscape irrigation.

Environmental Management System

Environment Policy poster

Environment Policy poster

 Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Japan) established an Environment Committee in September 2011, with the company President serving as the committee chair, to promote environmental activities across the organization as a whole, and introduced a system based on our ISO 14001*10 certification. We established an Environment Policy and set specific environmental targets to guide our environmental activities, and by implementing a plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle, we strive for continuous improvement. The Environment Policy is approved by the President, serving as the Environment Committee chair, and is shared with employees through posters and Environment Cards on which the Environment Policy is described.
 Our subsidiaries have also established organizations to promote environmental activities and are actively involved in them.

*10 ISO 14001
An international standard for environmental management systems that requires environmental protection activities to be conducted while achieving a balance between social and economic needs.

Environment Policy

Environment Principle
  • Nintendo is committed to preserving a healthy planet to bring smiles to future generations.
Action Guidelines
1. Pursue a better environment
We endeavor to offer environmentally-friendly products and services, and to prevent environmental pollution while maintaining balance in social and economic development.
2. Comply with the rules
We carefully comply with a wide variety of laws and regulations that are related to production and office activities around the world, so that we can create a better environment.
3. Make continuous improvements
We work together to identify where we can improve and where we are not doing enough to act in environmentally-friendly ways. We have mechanisms for sharing feedback, and we are all involved in continuous improvement.
ISO 14001 Certification Scope
  • Nintendo Co., Ltd. Corporate Headquarters
  • Nintendo Co., Ltd. Development Center
  • Uji Plant

Note: This represents 94.6% of the in-scope offices of Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Japan) on an employee number basis.

Environmental Management System

Environmental Management System

System Based on the ISO 14001 Standard

 Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Japan) acquired ISO 14001 certification in February 2013, and we have advanced our environmental management system based on the ISO 14001 standard since then.

*11 Internal Environmental Audit Structure
  • Internal environmental auditors appoint competent employees from among Environment Committee members and in-scope business offices.
  • Audits are conducted from the perspectives of: (1) Is it in compliance with ISO 14001? (2) Are the rules/laws and regulations obeyed? (3) Is the environmental impact increasing? (4) Is there effective implementation and maintenance?

Internal Environmental Audits

 Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Japan) conducts a yearly internal environmental audit based on the ISO 14001 standard. In FY 2020, it was carried out for a total of fifteen divisions and departments. An audit team made up of employees qualified as "internal environmental auditors" audits the legal compliance status for each department and the effectiveness of each department's activities. This leads to the prevention of environmental risks.

Compliance

 Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Japan) creates lists of applicable environmental laws and regulations related to our products, office buildings and equipment. With these lists, we established systems to periodically ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. We share environment-related information relating to office buildings and equipment among the various business sites, and remain up to date on the latest information regarding bills, law enforcement and revisions to laws and regulations.

Environmental Education

 Nintendo believes that raising employees' awareness of the environment is essential for carrying out activities that contribute to environmental preservation.
 Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Japan) is working to raise awareness by conducting environmental education for all employees, creating an "Environment Card" that describes our environmental policies, and disseminating environment-related information and Environment Committee activity information via the company intranet.
 We are also working to raise employee awareness at our overseas subsidiaries by holding events that encourage thinking about the environment.