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Nintendo responds to Foxconn underage worker controversy

Nintendo has responded to Foxconn’s admission that it employed underage workers at its Chinese plant.
Foxconn, a production partner of Nintendo, has apologized for using underage workers, some as young as 14, at their plants in China. "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," the company said in a statement.

Nintendo, who reportedly is using Foxconn to produce its Wii U, has now addressed the controversy.

Nintendo’s statement is below:

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.

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