Most electronic devices are manufactured from similar minerals, which may be taken from central African countries – including Congo. The Enough Project, which works to end genocide and crimes against humanity, claims that Nintendo is the only technology company that hasn’t made a single effort of finding out whether it uses conflict minerals – minerals mined in conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses – in its products.
Although Nintendo said, “We nonetheless take our social responsibilities as a global company very seriously and expect our production partners to do the same,” the company is being criticized for not doing enough to make sure that its products’ materials don’t originate from Congo.
In a statement issued to CNN, Nintendo said it “outsources the manufacture and assembly of all Nintendo products to our production partners and therefore is not directly involved in the sourcing of raw materials that are ultimately used in our products.”
“Nintendo is, I believe, the only company that has basically refused to acknowledge the issue or demonstrate they are making any sort of effort on it. And this is despite a good two years of trying to get in contact with them.”