Walk Free, a group who aims to assist in the abolishment of slavery around the world, has planned a protest to take place during Nintendo’s press event being held tomorrow in New York. Nintendo was recently criticized for the use of conflict minerals in the manufacturing of their hardware.
“A lot of gamers will be excited by the launch of the Wii U, but many will also want answers from Nintendo after its recent conflict minerals ‘fail’. We know that there is extensive slavery and violence in Congo’s mining industry, and Nintendo has a responsibility to ensure it is not contributing to it.” – Debra Rosen of Walk Free stated
Nintendo previously responded to the published details of their use of conflict minerals saying:
As a remote purchaser that buys finished components made from many materials, Nintendo requires its suppliers to comply with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Procurement Guidelines, which stipulate suppliers comply with applicable laws, have respect for human rights and conduct their business in an appropriate and fair manner.