Nintendo, Is, through the mouth of its President Shundaro Furukawa Rejected Charges and refused to use Forced labor In factories that manufacture its products. These serious allegations arose following a BBC report released last year, which was based on research by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. The research found that thousands of Muslims from the Chinese Uyghur minority were subjected to forced labor in a number of factories, some of which Nintendo offered.
During a public meeting of shareholders this week, Nintendo’s board of directors was asked about the Japanese company’s relationship with businesses operating in the area.
Nintendo leader Shundaro Furukawa Confident Some of the factories cited in the report are actually part of Nintendo’s supply chain, but the company verifies that no Uyghurs were used in its production lines.
“We are aware that there has been a report that Uyghurs may have been forced to work in our suppliers’ factories, ”Furukawa said. “It simply came to our notice then Investigation We did not find any records or reports that our business partner used forced labor in our supply chain. ”
“We have established to ensure that no forced labor is used in our supply chains Guidelines We want our partners to be respected. We conduct our business in accordance with this policy, and we will stop doing business with Uyghurs, if there is any risk to forced labor. ”
ASPI research published in March 2020 identified 82 companies Foreigners and Chinese who may be directly or indirectly involved in these practices carried out by the Chinese government. Companies include Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.
Nintendo pointed out that “only a small number of brands have asked their sellers to end their relationship with these suppliers by 2020.”