Putting Smiles on the Faces of Everyone Nintendo Touches
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 Management System
Companies have an important responsibility to conduct their business activities in ways that take the environment into consideration. Nintendo engages in various initiatives that help reduce our environmental impact, both in the many aspects of creating high-quality products that all consumers can enjoy with peace of mind and in our offices.
We have put in place internal structures to promote environmental initiatives in each country and region. In particular, as the company responsible for the design and manufacture of Nintendo gaming systems and accessories, Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Japan) has established an Environment Committee, with the company President serving as the committee chair, and has acquired the ISO 14001*1 certification. To promote environmental activities across the organization as a whole, we have also introduced systems based on this ISO standard.
*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.
The Environment Policy is approved by the company President and put in place as a means of guiding our environmental initiatives. We raise employee awareness about the environmental policy through posters and the company’s internal network.
Nintendo is committed to preserving a healthy planet to bring smiles to future generations.
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.
Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Japan) advances our environmental management system based on the ISO 14001 standard under the following structure.
*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 followed? (3) Is there an increasing environmental impact? (4) Is there effective implementation and maintenance?
ISO 14001 Certification Scope
Nintendo Co., Ltd. Corporate Headquarters
Nintendo Co., Ltd. Development Center
Each department sets environmental goals based on the Environmental Policy by implementing a plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle as described below to foster continuous improvement.
Management of Business Activities
Environmental Considerations in Design
At Nintendo, we strive to implement environmentally conscious design in our gaming systems and accessories as part of our environmental management system. The departments in charge of development have formulated an Environmental Design Consideration Checklist that identifies items that can be adopted for products from the perspectives of energy savings, management and reduction of chemical substances and efficient use of resources. In product development, we use this checklist to set environmental goals and proceed with development after obtaining the approval of the person responsible for those goals. The departments in charge of development report on the environmental considerations of our products by submitting a checklist for each product to the Environment Committee.
Environmental Considerations in Manufacturing
At Nintendo, the departments in charge of manufacturing work to carry out a variety of initiatives, including quality management, activities to improve the on-time delivery rate and considerations about recycling during disposal, while communicating with production partners on a daily basis. All of these efforts contribute directly to the reduction of our environmental impact.
For example, our activities to improve the on-time delivery rate manage processes from production through transportation according to plans to mitigate the energy and materials used if any delays do occur. As another initiative to conserve energy and materials, we work to enhance productivity through the automation of production lines.
Moreover, the department in charge of manufacturing has adopted a quality management system in compliance with the ISO 9001 standards in an ongoing effort to provide high-quality products. We believe the creation of high-quality products is also vital from the perspective of reducing our environmental footprint.
For specific initiatives for environmental considerations in our business activities, please also refer to:
Internal Environmental Audits and External Assessments
Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Japan) conducts annual internal environmental audits based on ISO 14001, and also undergoes assessments by third-party auditing firms.
An audit team made up of employees qualified as internal environmental auditors examines conformity to ISO 14001 requirements and the effectiveness of the activities in each department. The third-party assessments verify conformity of our internal environment management system to the ISO 14001 standards through interviews with each department and the administrative team to maintain our ISO 14001 certification. This system of checks helps us avoid environmental risks before they manifest and also facilitates improvements.
To ensure uncompromising compliance with laws and regulations at Nintendo Co, Ltd. (Japan), the Environment Committee identifies and creates a list of environmental laws and regulations that concern both our products and offices, which is published on the company’s internal network. We have also built a system to periodically check and ensure that Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Japan) is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. The evaluation items of both internal environmental audits and third-party assessments include these systems in addition to the state of legal and regulatory compliance. We share environmental information relating to office buildings and equipment among the various business sites and remain up to date on the latest information regarding legislative bills, legal enforcement and revisions to laws and regulations.
Nintendo believes that raising employee 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’s internal network.
We are also working to raise employee awareness at our subsidiaries outside of Japan by holding events that illustrate environmental issues for consideration.
To reduce the CO2 emissions that contribute to climate change, Nintendo carries out both product and office initiatives such as product design that takes into account energy efficiency, utilization of efficient transportation and the purchase of renewable energy at our offices outside of Japan.
Nintendo utilizes environmentally conscious design in the development of our gaming systems and accessories, of which one aspect is energy conservation. Specific efforts in the development of energy-efficient products include the adoption of components with low power consumption and energy-saving functions, such as standby and sleep modes. For example, with Nintendo Switch, since launching the first model in 2017, Nintendo has continued to improve its SoC*1 which enabled power consumption reduction by adopting new semiconductor technologies. As a result, we released a model with longer battery life in 2019. Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, which we launched in 2021, is also equipped with improved SoC technology and uses approximately 6W (in TV mode) while playing games.
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 equipped with the CPU and GPU 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)
Nintendo Switch (2019 model)
Nintendo Switch – OLED Model (2021 model)
Figures represent use in TV mode. Power consumption differs depending on the software application and usage conditions.
In addition, at the product design stage, we consider not only energy efficiency during use but also the reduction of energy consumption in production processes and during transport. We strive to streamline production steps and improve the loading efficiency of cargo containers and trucks.
For example, in addition to size reduction and other changes for the packaging of Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, we have switched the cardboard used to transport Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch – OLED Model and Nintendo Switch Lite to a thinner material with equal durability in order to increase the number of products that fit into a single container, which improves our transportation efficiency.
For information about our energy-efficient product design, please also refer to:
Nintendo implements a variety of initiatives to reduce environmental impact when transporting our products. We review shipping routes, select modes of transportation with low environmental impact, and try to achieve high loading rates and a lower number of shipments.
Nintendo of Europe GmbH Environmentally Conscious Transportation
Nintendo of Europe strives to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport of its products.
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 by up to 85% for this inbound transportation of our products.
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 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 our retail partners.
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.
For example, Nintendo Co., Ltd.’s Development Center 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*2.
Our subsidiaries outside of Japan also engage in activities to conserve energy. The Nintendo of America headquarters was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED*3 Gold certification. Nintendo of America uses 100% renewable energy purchased for its offices and suburban shipping facility. It also participates in a carbon-balance program that contributes to local reforestation projects to offset its CO2 emissions from natural gas use in cafeterias and other areas.
Environmental data, including CO2 emissions and energy consumption, are disclosed in our Data Sheet.
*2 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.
*3 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 Europe GmbH (Germany) Reducing CO2 Emissions
One way Nintendo of Europe (Germany) reduces its CO2 emissions is by using 100% renewable energy for its headquarters. The energy is supplied by solar, wind or hydroelectric generated power.
Nintendo of Europe also focuses on raising employee awareness concerning energy by providing information via the company’s internal network 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.
Information Disclosure in Accordance With the TCFD Recommendations
Nintendo evaluates climate-related risks and opportunities and publishes Governance, Strategy, Risk Management and Metrics and Targets information in accordance with recommendations developed by the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), an organization established to examine climate disclosure.
To make efficient use of limited resources and reduce our impact on the environment as much as possible, Nintendo considers resource savings in designs, selects easy-to-recycle packaging materials, encourages the reuse of shipping materials for transportation, and carries out other resource conservation initiatives related to our products, including in after-sales repairs and support. We also strive to efficiently use resources by reducing waste and promoting recycling at our offices.
Nintendo utilizes environmentally conscious design in the development of our gaming systems and accessories, of which one aspect is energy conservation. To reduce the amount of resources used in each product, we conserve materials by miniaturizing and reducing the number of parts and packaging materials as well as reducing printed documentation and included items. In consideration of the recycling process in our designs, we also think about factors such as ease of disassembly, reduction of composite materials*1 and appropriate labelling of materials.
For example, in the case of Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, by reviewing the placement of the product in its packaging, we were able to reduce the use of paper packaging materials by about 15% compared to previous models. Since late 2022, transitioning of Nintendo Switch to the same size packaging as Nintendo Switch – OLED Model has led to the same level of resource savings.
For information on the efficient use of resources in our products, please also refer to:
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.
Country-Specific Packaging Initiatives
Our subsidiaries outside of Japan 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 recyclable plastic which contains 50% sugarcane-based biomass plastic for the shrink foil of packaging materials for certain software packaged with exclusive items. In 2022, Nintendo of Europe also changed the European sourcing of all cardboard used for shipping boxes to more sustainable cardboard, which is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This ensures that the resources used in the cardboard are maintained in a responsible way. All shipping boxes carry the FSC label and a recycling label to advise about appropriate disposal.
Transportation of Products
Nintendo also works to use resources efficiently in the transportation of our products. For example, we reuse some of the plastic trays used to transport Nintendo Switch game cards. We also do the same with the wooden pallets used when transporting our products.
Repairs and Support
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 a framework to appropriately 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.
As a way to make improvements and conserve resources in our repair services, the Nintendo Service Center has reduced the number of printed circuit boards used for product repairs, including for Nintendo Switch, through methods such as replacing only the necessary board-mounted components in some cases which would previously have involved replacing the entire original board. Through efforts like this, our repair departments continue to work daily to make improvements and conserve resources.
We also collect and analyze a wide range of information related to repairs, and provide feedback to our design teams and mass production sites in an effort to improve and enhance our products.
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 handle recycling in a way suitable to the circumstances of each country.
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 electronics (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*2 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 2022, we received over 3,800 items for recycling from our consumers. The combined weight was more than 1 metric ton, and these materials will not end up in landfill.
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 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.
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 framework for proper waste management and disposal, including recycling, and has appointed a supervisor to oversee the organizational program 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.
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 reusing stored rainwater for toilets or landscape irrigation.
Chemical Substance Initiatives
To deliver safe and environmentally conscious products to our consumers, Nintendo manages chemical substances throughout the supply chain and works to ensure that we use parts that do not contain harmful chemical substances.
Management of Chemical Substances in Our Supply Chain
Nintendo has established its own chemical substance management standards and certifies production partners and parts that meet these standards as “Green Suppliers” and “Green Parts,” respectively. In principle, we only use Green Parts procured from Green Suppliers for our gaming systems and accessories.
Green Supplier Certification
Nintendo confirms and certifies that our production partners have put in place a chemical substance management system as we require at each manufacturing location, such as offices and factories. We review documents related to management standards of manufacturing locations and risk management procedures for regulated substances, and also conduct on-site inspections as necessary.
Green Parts Certification
We ask each production partner (Green Supplier) to submit a “Prohibited Substance Non-Use Guarantee” on a per-part basis to certify that each meet Nintendo's regulated substance management standards. In addition, our dedicated internal department also verifies the validity to certify these guarantees. Chemical analyses are regularly performed as necessary to test whether the delivered parts meet our standards.
Substances Subject to Control and Regulation
Nintendo has categorized hazardous chemical substances into three classifications: “Banned Substances,” “Restricted-use Substances” and “Substances Under Application Control.” We then manage and control the chemical substances contained in gaming systems and accessories according to these three classifications.
Substances that are controlled by relevant laws and regulations or deemed inappropriate for use by Nintendo.
Substances only used in limited quantities for specific products with due consideration for safety and product characteristics.
Substances Under Application Control
Substances determined to require continuous monitoring of the content levels, such as those under consideration for regulation under relevant laws and regulations.
Please see here for the Environment Related Substance List.
Current as of February 15, 2023
Engaging With Our Stakeholders
To accomplish our goal of “putting smiles on the faces of everyone Nintendo touches,” it is essential that we work together with all of our stakeholders. In addition to raising employee awareness and carrying out internal initiatives, we work to build trusted relationships through communication with our production partners, related national and regional authorities, NGOs and other entities. We also strive to reduce our environmental impact across the entire supply chain and to be conscious of the environment in our gaming systems.
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.
Games Consoles Voluntary Agreements in Europe
In the E.U. and the United Kingdom, respectively, Nintendo has signed separate Games Consoles Voluntary Agreements together with Microsoft and Sony Interactive Entertainment. 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 the 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 Consoles 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.
Internal Activities and Building Awareness
Nintendo engages in various activities and awareness-building efforts in each country and region so that our employees can have a high degree of environmental awareness and independently participate in activities to reduce environmental impact.
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 business 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 2022, the Green Team promoted environmental awareness by sponsoring environmental-themed events and volunteer opportunities, hosting virtual learning sessions, and providing an open forum for employees to share their environmental thoughts, questions, and earth-friendly tips and suggestions. Examples of Green Team sponsored activities include:
Onsite Employee Electronics Recycling Event – 9.33 total metric tons of e-waste from employee homes recovered for recycling in 2022
Local tree planting and invasive species abatement volunteering
NPO-led volunteer event to alleviate hunger and promote reduction of food waste
Earth Day Celebration (Earth Day Run, Environmental Protection Agency Carbon Footprint Calculator Contest, employee pledges to encourage more sustainable habits)
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.
In addition, we are encouraging the purchase of electric vehicles as company vehicles at Nintendo Ibérica and will continue our efforts to reduce our burden on the environment.
Nintendo Australia Joining in a National Tree Day Planting Event
In July 2022, after a two-year hiatus, a number of Nintendo Australia staff joined members from 10 other businesses to take part in a National Tree Day planting event arranged by our local city council. This event encourages local businesses, community groups and schools to inspire, educate and recruit people to actively care for nature and create future generations of committed environmental custodians. Together we planted over 3,000 trees and other greenery, helping to revitalize a natural area for everyone to enjoy.