Yesterday, allegations surfaced online that Chinese manufacturer Foxconn - which counts Nintendo, Sony and Apple as some of its clients - was employing children in its factories.
Foxconn has since admitted guilt, issuing the following statement:
We recognize that full responsibility for these violations rests with our company and we have apologized to each of the students for our role in this action... it is also a violation of Foxconn policy and immediate steps have been taken to return the interns in question to their educational institutions.
According to a source close to the company, approximately 56 children have returned to their homes from Foxconn's 'internship program,' which makes up 2.7% of Foxconn's 1.2 million person staff roster.
Nintendo has followed with its own statement, which reads as follows:
Nintendo is in communication with Foxconn and is investigating the matter. We take our responsibilities as a global company very seriously and are committed to an ethical policy on sourcing, manufacture and labor. In order to ensure the continued fulfillment of our social responsibility throughout our supply chain, we established the Nintendo CSR Procurement Guidelines in July 2008. We require that all production partners, including Foxconn, comply with these Guidelines, which are based on relevant laws, international standards and guidelines. If we were to find that any of our production partners did not meet our guidelines, we would require them to modify their practices according to Nintendo’s policy. For more information about Nintendo’s Corporate Social Responsibility report, please visit http://www.nintendo.co.jp/csr/en/index.html.