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Sustainability summary

Nintendo has achieved the E-label. Very limited information is published about Nintendo policy for sustainability. Nintendo is not showing as much efforts or progress towards more sustainability as most of their competitors do. Therefore, more transparency and action is needed for Nintendo.

Brand owner: Nintendo
Head office: Redmond, Washington
Sector: Electronics
Categories : Tablet, Game console
Free Tags: Gaming console

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Nintendo sustainability score report

Last edited: 17 May 2016 by Norbert
Last reviewed: 17 May 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Nintendo implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as designing its products more energy efficient. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Nintendo reduced its climate footprint of own operations from 16,689 tons of CO2 in FY11, to 15,229 tons of CO2 in FY14. This represents a decrease of around 8,8%. Source
3. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? While Nintendo communicates that the company is working on reducing climate emissions, a clear target is not mentioned. Source
4. Does the brand (company) publish the annual carbon footprint that also covers the major suppliers, and does the brand have an effective policy in place to reduce these carbon emissions? Nintendo does not publish a climate footprint that also covers it major supplier at least. Also, information on a clear policy to mitigate climate emissions in its supply chain is not specified. Source
5. Is at least 35% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Nintendo mentions the use of up to 100% renewable energy in some facilities, but total renewable energy use to the total energy use is not published. Source
6. Do all new products of the brand meet energy efficiency requirements such as Energy Star (where applicable)? Nintendo is not clear if all products meet energy efficiency requirements such as 'Energy Star'. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 19
1. Has the brand (company) eliminated PVC in all new products? Nintendo has a policy to eliminate hazardous chemicals (see link, next question). But, Nintendo does not specify, whether PVC and / or BFRs can be considered from its products. Source
2. Has the brand (company) eliminated BFR's in all new products? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least 2 of the 3 groups of suspect chemicals (beryllium, antimony and phthalates) in all its new products already? Nintendo does not communicate its current status concerning elimination of at least 2 of the 3 groups of suspect chemicals (beryllium, antimony and phthalates) in all all its new products. Source
4. Has the brand (company) banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the final assembly of products? Nintendo does not mention whether benzene and n-hexane is banned in the final assembly of products. Source
5. Has the brand (company) banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the full production chains? See remark for environmental policy question 4. Source
6. Does the brand (company) publish its annual material footprint, or alternatively material footprints for each sold product, and does the brand have an effective policy in place to reduce the overall environmental impact of material use? Nintendo implements several measures to improve its annual material footprint, but does not publish its annual material footprint, or alternatively material footprints for each sold product. Source
7. Does the brand offer the charger as optional to the product? Nintendo does not mention anything about offering the charger as optional to the products. Source
8. Does the brand (company) source at least 10% of its plastics from recycled plastic streams and does the give a timeline to increase this percentage to at least 25% by 2025 ? Nintendo uses recycled plastic in some of it products, but does not mention a clear percentage. Source
9. Does the brand (company) source at least 20% of its plastics from recycled plastic streams? See remark for environmental policy question 8. Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? Nintendo implements several measures related to more sustainable packaging, but does not publish the annual packaging volumes/weights per material type. Source
11. Has the brand (company) a take back program and is the take back recyling rate higher than 5% of the weight of the annually products sold? Nintendo offers a take-back program, but does not yet specify a recycling rate related to annually sold products. Source
12. Is the take back recyling rate higher than 10% of the weight of the annually products sold? See remark for environmental policy question 11. Source
13. Has the brand (company) an active policy in place to increase the product life-span of products, such as longer warranty periods or easy repair with easy ordering of spare parts? Nintendo implements measures to manage its products life-cycle, but no clear best practice examples concerning prolonging its products lifespan are specified. Source
14. Does the brand (company) use replaceable batteries in all portable devices? Nintendo does not mention anything about replaceable batteries. Source
15. Does the brand (company) provide online repair manuals for all products? Online repair manuals for Nintendo products are provided via iFixit. Source
16. Does the brand (company) guarantee supply of spare parts and software updates for all products, for at least 3 years after end of production? Nintendo does not mention anything about the availability of spare parts or software updates after end of production. Source
17. Does the brand (company) give at least a 3 years warranty on all products? Nintendo does not mention anything about an extended warranty on its products. Source
18. Does the brand (company) publish a water and/or land use footprint and is there a policy to minimize, reduce or compensate this footprint? Nintendo only published a not complete water footprint of the last 5 years (FY14: 132,000 m³). Furthermore, compared to FY13, that is an increase of around 10%. Source
19. Does the brand (company) publish a water and/or land use footprint that also covers its most important suppliers? A water and/or land use footprint that also covers Nintendo's most important suppliers is not published yet. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 out of 14
1. Does the brand (company) regularly publish an updated list of smelters that are identified in the own supply chain? Nintendo has published a list of smelters. Source
2. Does the brand (company) have a clear policy to only source from smelters that have passed the conflict-free audits, and has the brand already achieved this for at least one metal/mineral? Nintendo is in the process to responsibly source metals and minerals. But, Nintendo does not report to have at least one metal or mineral sourced as conflict free. Source
3. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 1 initiative that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? Nintendo does not mention membership at any other endorsed initiatives. Source
4. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 2 initiatives that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? See remark for labor conditions policy question 3. Source
5. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 3 initiatives that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? See remark for labor conditions policy question 3. Source
6. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 4 initiatives that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? See remark for labor conditions policy question 3. Source
7. Does the brand (company) have a Code of Conduct (CoC) for both its own factories and those of its suppliers, which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace? Nintendo does not clearly specify, whether these standards are applicable for its suppliers as well as all its own employee's. Source
8. Does the brand’s (company’s) CoC include at least 3 of the following workers rights: 1. a formally registered employment relationship 2. a maximum working week of 48 hours with voluntary paid overtime of 12 hours maximum 3. a sufficient living wage 4. form and join labor unions and bargain collectively; and in those situations where these rights are restricted under law, to develop parallel means? See remark for labor conditions policy question 7. Source
9. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Nintendo does not publish a list of suppliers. Source
10. Is the brand (company) a member of a multi stakeholder initiative (MSI), wherein independent NGO’s or labor unions are represented, that collectively aims to improve labor conditions and that carries out independent audits? Or does the brand (company) significantly purchase its supplies from factories certified by such MSI’s? Nintendo does not mention membership at an endorsed multi stakeholder initiative. Source
11. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? Are more than 95% of final manufacturing stage production facilities monitored for labour conditions? Nintendo does not publish a comprehensive report on the results of its labor conditions policy. But, Nintendo states to have by now audited 78% of its procurement expenditure. However, the percentages of monitored or compliant final manufacturing stage production facilities remains unclear. Source
12. Are at least 25% of final manufacturing stage production facilities in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct? See remark for labor conditions policy question 11. Source
13. Are at least 50% of final manufacturing stage production facilities in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct? See remark for labor conditions policy question 11. Source
14. Are at least 50% of final manufacturing stage production facilities in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct - including a living wage? See remark for labor conditions policy question 11. Source