"We Take Our Responsibilities Very Seriously"
Nintendo is currently investigating Foxconn's Wii U manufacturing process after the controversial contract electronics company admitted employing workers as young as 14.
Foxconn recently confessed to using child workers to cover absent employees. In a statement made to Reuters, a spokesman stated that an "investigation has shown that the interns in question, who ranged in age from 14 to 16, had worked in that campus for approximately three weeks."
"This is not only a violation of China's labor law, it is also a violation of Foxconn policy and immediate steps have been taken to return the interns in question to their educational institutions."
As the world's largest electronics manufacturer (contracted by the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Sony amongst others), this has caused quite a stir in the gaming community and within the industry itself. Nintendo, who employs the Chinese company to manufacture the Wii U console and GamePad, has issued a statement damning the practice and promising to look into the matter.
"Nintendo is in communication with Foxconn and is investigating the matter," the statement reads. "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."
Nintendo recently came under fire for using "conflict minerals" in the manufacturing process, and this latest revelation could potentially be extremely embarrassing for all involved. Considering how crucial Foxconn are to the Wii U's fabrication this close to launch, however, the scope of their response remains to be seen.