CSR Information

Putting Smiles on the Faces of Everyone Nintendo Touches

Environment

Striving to reduce environmental impact in
a variety of ways.

In response to society's expectations and to pass on a better environment to 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 for Our Products

At Nintendo, we take environmental measures such as resource conservation and CO2 emission reduction at each stage, including design, production, transportation, sales and after-sales service. More specifically, our environmental measures encompass creating designs that consider energy and resource efficiency, selecting easy-to-recycle packaging materials, promoting green procurement*1, implementing efficient transportation and providing after-sale repairs and support.

*1 Green procurement
Prioritizing the selection and purchase of environment-conscious choices, such as those that do not contain harmful chemical substances, when procuring parts and other items for products.

Design

At Nintendo, we develop gaming systems and accessories by implementing environmentally conscious designs based on the four perspectives illustrated in the table below. Our department in charge of development has formulated an Environmental Design Consideration Checklist that identifies items that could be adopted for products from each of the four perspectives in the list. In product development, we use this checklist to set environmental goals and proceed with development after obtaining the approval of the responsible person. The process of designing environmentally conscious products based on the checklist is incorporated into our environmental management system. Our department in charge of development reports on the environmental friendliness of our products by submitting a checklist for each product to the Environment Committee.

Energy conservation In addition to working to develop products that are energy-efficient, we consider ways to reduce energy consumption during production and transportation in our designs.
Environmentally conscious materials We appropriately manage environment-related substances, use environmentally conscious ink, etc.
Recycling In consideration of the recycling process, we give attention in our designs to reduce the use of composite materials*2 and degradability, appropriately indicating the materials used.
Resource conservation To reduce the amount of resources used for each product, we conserve materials by miniaturizing and reducing the amount of parts and packaging materials and reducing the amount of printed documents and included items.
*2 Composite materials
Composite materials combine different materials such as paper + aluminum, paper + plastic, and metal + resin into a single material. These are generally considered difficult to recycle.
Environmental Considerations for Nintendo Switch – OLED Model

After launching the first Nintendo Switch model in 2017, Nintendo has continued to improve its SoC*3 and released models with longer battery life in 2019 after enabling power consumption reduction by adopting new semiconductor technologies. Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, which we launched in 2021, is also equipped with our improved SoC technology, and uses approximately 6W (in TV mode) while playing games.

We also redesigned the packaging of Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, which made it possible to reduce packaging volume by about 18% and usage of packaging materials such as paper by about 15% compared to previous models. This has not only allowed us to conserve resources, but also to improve the transportation efficiency of each unit by about 9%.

We use environmentally conscious ink (with vegetable oil content of 20% or more) in our packaging. We also minimize the use of composite materials and ensure that the composite materials we do use can be properly separated for disposal.

*3 SoC
Abbreviation for “system on a chip,” which refers to embedding the many functions necessary for system operation on a single semiconductor chip. Here, “SoC” refers to a semiconductor chip embedded with CPUs and GPUs that serve as the core of Nintendo Switch, as well as peripheral functions of the system.
Power consumption during game play
Nintendo Switch (2017 model) Approximately 12W
Nintendo Switch (2019 model) Approximately 7W
Nintendo Switch – OLED Model (2021 model) Approximately 6W
Figures represent use in TV mode. Power consumption differs depending on the software and usage conditions.
Left: Nintendo Switch packaging;
Right: Nintendo Switch –
OLED Model packaging
Games Console Voluntary Agreements in Europe

In the E.U. and the United Kingdom, respectively, Nintendo has signed separate Games Console Voluntary Agreements together with Sony Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft. Each agreement aims to reduce the environmental impact of gaming consoles over their life cycle, from design to disposal, and to achieve energy and resource savings through better design without compromising console performance and gaming experience. To that end, both agreements stipulate requirements for gaming consoles regarding their power consumption, automatic power down, repairs, recyclability and other factors. These requirements are subject to periodic review, and if necessary, revised through a process of continuous dialogue between the three signatory companies and stakeholders such as national authorities and non-governmental organizations. The Games Console Voluntary Agreements are officially recognized by the European Commission and the British government as an alternative to mandatory regulation. For more details, please visit the website, EFFICIENT GAMING.

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 certain software packaged with exclusive items. In FY2021, Nintendo of Europe also offset CO2 emissions resulting from the manufacturing of printed items (such as boxes and artbooks) in certain bundles sold in Europe, including Metroid Dread: Special Edition and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl Dual Pack.

Approach to Chemical Substance Control

As part of our work to prevent adverse health effects from video game systems and accessories, and reduce their environmental impact, Nintendo defines substances subject to control and regulation as “environment-related substances.” These substances are managed and regulated under three classifications: “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.

Please see here for the Environment Related Substance List.

Current as of June 29, 2022

Procurement and Production

Working With Our Supply Chain

Nintendo has incorporated compliance with laws, regulations, and social standards, along with an emphasis on human rights and global environmental considerations, into our basic procurement policy. When choosing a supplier, we also consider their focus on those factors as one of our selection criteria.

Our Nintendo CSR Procurement Guidelines are designed to ensure our suppliers’ understanding of and cooperation with our policies. In the section of the Guidelines on conservation of the global environment, we ask our suppliers to build and operate an environmental management system, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and measure the amount of reduction, make disclosures regarding their environmental conservation efforts, and comply with green procurement requirements.

As part of our CSR procurement system for production partners, we also send the Business Status Survey to our first-tier suppliers to confirm their CO2 emission reduction targets, as well as specific measures to reduce CO2 emissions and their environmental impact. For our major suppliers, we also confirm the amount of CO2 they emit related to the assembly of Nintendo products.

Advancing Green Procurement

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 the environmentally conscious Green Procurement Standards, and certify production partners and components that meet these standards as “Green Suppliers” and “Green Parts,” respectively. In principle, we only use certified parts from these suppliers.

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.

Green Supplier and Green Parts Certification

Nintendo checks compliance with our Green Procurement Standards at each manufacturing location, such as the offices and factories of the companies we partner with, to produce video game systems and accessories.

For certifying a Green Supplier, we have built a system to certify not only via documentation, but also with on-site verification, depending on the risk of chemical contamination by parts manufactured by the production partner.

Likewise, for certifying Green Parts, we have built a system for validation that follows the examination results of the Green Supplier certification. We ask each production partner (Green Supplier) to submit a “Prohibited Substance Non-Use Guarantee,” certifying 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.

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*4, design shipping boxes in consideration of factors such as loading efficiency, try to achieve high loading rates and a lower number of shipments, and reuse packaging materials.

*4 Modal shift
Prioritizing modes of transportation with lower environmental impact, like trains and ships.
Nintendo of Europe GmbH
Environmentally Conscious Transportation

Nintendo of Europe strives 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. Due to the lower CO2 footprint compared to trucks, we are able to reduce CO2 emissions for this inbound transportation of our products by up to 85%.

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.

For details on our other initiatives, please also refer to our Q&A About Nintendo's CSR: Environmental Measures.

Digital Sales of Software

In addition to packaged software, Nintendo also sells software that can be downloaded over the internet. Digital software can be purchased at home or elsewhere and then saved on the system or an SD card. We believe that this also leads to a reduction in the environmental impact from product manufacturing, transportation 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. We believe this is also significant for protecting the global environment, and we have set up systems to promptly respond to consumer repair requests. In addition, we are working on improving our support sites and proactively providing support-related information to our consumers.

For example, Nintendo Co., Ltd. has established the Nintendo Service Center as a point of contact for product repairs and parts sales in Japan.

In some cases, even with Nintendo Switch repairs, the Nintendo Service Center has shifted to a repair process by which only the components mounted on the board are replaced, instead of the entire board. 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.

In addition, so that users can keep their gaming 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 (Japanese), and publish it on our support site.

Recycling

Post-Sales Recycling

Nintendo considers it important to promote recycling of products and packaging material after their use. We provide information to our consumers regarding collection and recycling of products, and bear recycling costs in accordance with laws and regulations.

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 in Japan. 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 conscious 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 about how to dispose of and recycle our products on the various product support web pages (Japanese), in order to 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*5 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.

During 2021, we received over 7,000 items for recycling from our consumers. The combined weight was more than 1.5 tons, of which the materials will not end up in landfill.

*5 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 use 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 Center 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 Offices

At each of our offices, Nintendo promotes initiatives such as using renewable energy, conserving energy and effectively utilizing 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*1.

The Nintendo of America headquarters, which was completed in April 2010, was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED*2 Gold certification. Our other overseas subsidiaries are also encouraged to take positive steps by using renewable energy for their offices and promoting clean commuting.

Environmental data, including CO2 emissions and energy consumption, are disclosed in our Data Sheet.

*1 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.
*2 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.
Sustainability Committee Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impact

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 of exploring new opportunities to advance sustainability efforts. In addition to focusing on identifying Nintendo of America’s carbon footprint (overall and by area) and mitigating CO2 emissions, the Sustainability Committee has been considering ways to reduce the use of single-use and virgin plastics in our business activities.

Since 2020, as a result of the Sustainability Committee's efforts to reduce CO2 emissions from operations, Nintendo of America has 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 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

One way Nintendo of Europe (Germany) reduces its CO2 emissions is by using renewable energy for its headquarters.

Nintendo of Europe also focuses on raising employee awareness concerning energy by providing information via the company intranet and has equipped each employee’s desk with a motion sensor that automatically turns off the lighting when unoccupied.

In addition, Nintendo of Europe has been working continuously to reduce CO2 emissions from transportation by selecting energy-efficient cars when changing vehicle leases and promoting rail as an alternative to flying for domestic business trips.

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 it has also received a Platinum certification under the LEED for New Construction system.

Nintendo Ibérica is also reducing the amount of paper used in 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. 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 burden on the environment.

Promoting Waste Reduction and Recycling

We recognize the importance of resources and work hard both to minimize the production of waste and to effectively use resources by thoroughly separating all waste products. We also strive for effective utilization of resources.

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.

In addition to the implementation of similar systems for proper waste management and disposal, our overseas subsidiaries are also promoting waste reduction by conserving paper and other resources through efforts such as digitization of certain workflows.

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

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*1 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 the company intranet.

Our subsidiaries have also established organizations to promote environmental activities, and are actively involved in them.

*1 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
  • Pursue a better environment
    We endeavor to offer environmentally conscious products and services, and to prevent environmental pollution while maintaining balance in social and economic development.
  • 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.
  • Make continuous improvements
    We work together to identify where we can improve and where we are not doing enough to act in environmentally conscious 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
Environmental Management System
Environmental Management System

System Based on the ISO 14001 Standard

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

System Based on the ISO 14001 Standard
*2 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. An audit team made up of employees qualified as “internal environmental auditors” examines the conformity to ISO 14001 requirements and the effectiveness of the activities in each department, which has led 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, 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.