Clean up your conflict minerals
  • Petitioned Nintendo Co., Ltd.

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Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Clean up your conflict minerals

    1. Jenna Kunz
    2. Petition by

      Jenna Kunz

      sunnyvale, CA

In a recent report issued by the Enough Project ranking tech companies Nintendo came in dead last. In reviewing and grading efforts toward using conflict-free minerals in their products, Nintendo resulted with a 0% ranking and refusal to comment to the Enough Project when conducting this report.

I am a high school student who grew up playing on Gameboys, and I’m surprised and disappointed by this news.  Nintendo, the world’s largest gaming company, produces video games for children and families of all ages. According to this report, they’re also complicit in a bloody conflict in Eastern Congo that has been raging for over 15 years and have indirectly funded the abduction of children for soldiers, brutality against women and atrocities both within and outside the Congo nation.  Armed groups destroy communities while trying to gain control of these local mines and resources that produce the minerals that go into our smart phones, computers and gaming consoles.  My Gameboy and your Wii are not worth the rape, war and devastation that took place to produce it.  I’m fighting back.  

While Intel, Motorola Solutions, HP, and Apple have been labeled “pioneers of progress” by moving forward to develop solutions despite delays in the legislative rule-making by the S.E.C., Nintendo has made no known effort to trace or audit its supply chain.  They have remained silent.

What can Nintendo do to clean up their supply chain?  They can:

• Trace: Determine the precise sources of the minerals/metals used in their products.

• Audit: Have detailed examinations of their mineral supply chains conducted to ensure that a) minerals are not sourced from conflict mines and b) no illegal taxes/bribes are paid to armed and violent groups in Congo. Credible, unbiased parties should conduct or verify these audits.

• Certify: Help consumers be able to purchase conflict-free electronics made with Congolese minerals by supporting a certification process.

Learn more: http://www.enoughproject.org/publications/taking-conflict-out-consumer-gadgets-company-rankings-conflict-minerals-2012

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
    2. HP releases Smelter Info.

      Jenna Kunz
      Petition Organizer

      Hi Supporters!

      I just wanted to release some positive news about tech. company Hewlett-Packard. We want to commend this company that has identified 195 smelters and published this list for public viewing. In the face of this transparency and leadership in the conflict-free initiative, why hasn't Nintendo taken the same steps?

      Read more about HP's release of shelters:http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1391397#.UZUmu4y9KSN

    3. Reached 8,000 signatures
    4. Thank You to Supporters

      Jenna Kunz
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Petition Supporters,

      I want to once again thank you for your amazing work in reaching out to Nintendo to guarantee an end to the funding of armed conflict. Due to the momentum gained by the petition, change.org and is now allowing supporters to chip in and expand the petition's outreach. I want to thank the amazing Canadian sponsor who has allowed the call to end the use of conflict minerals to reach even more changemakers. The people facing devastation in Congo and myself thank you for your generous sponsorship. The ability to pitch in to gain more outreach to the petition is still available-please give what you can and thank you for your support.
      Have a great day,
      -Jenna Kunz
      Petition organizer

    5. Multiply Your Impact

      Jenna Kunz
      Petition Organizer

      I am amazed, and chances are Nintendo is also. Seven thousand people worldwide have signed this petition calling for reform and an end to conflict minerals.

      We can make the goal of ten thousand signatures by April if we share the petition on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. This invaluable tool can be a major force in appealing to Nintendo to change their practice.

      Twitter
      I just signed this petition to make sure my @Nintendoamerica products don't fund armed conflict. Learn more here: https://www.change.org/petitions/nintendo-co-ltd-clean-up-your-conflict-minerals?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=url_share&utm_campaign=url_share_after_sign

      Facebook
      Rebel groups like the Lord's Resistance Army, the FDLR and the #M23 are making money off of #congo's mineral wealth. Sign this petition to @Nintendoamerica so that they do not indirectly fund these groups committing atrocities https://www.change.org/petitions/nintendo-co-ltd-clean-up-your-conflict-minerals?utm_sourc

      Nintendo Co., Ltd.: Clean up your conflict minerals

      In a recent report issued by the Enough Project ranking tech companies Nintendo came in dead last. In reviewing and grading efforts toward using...

    6. Reached 7,000 signatures
    7. Clean Up Conflict Minerals Community Page

      Jenna Kunz
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Supporters,

      Recently I created a comma until page on Facebook which has information about the Nintendo Campaigns, documentaries, articles and "virtual activism" that you can become involved in. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/CleanUpConflictMinerals?ref=ts&fref=ts

      Thank you for your support,
      Jenna Kunz

      Clean up Conflict Minerals

      This page is dedicated to ending the use of conflict minerals- resources in electronics, jewelry...

    8. Co

      Jenna Kunz
      Petition Organizer

    9. Goma Crisis

      Jenna Kunz
      Petition Organizer

      Greetings petition supporters,

      As has been shown by your support of my petition to Nintendo, you are outraged by the atrocities the people of the Congo are suffering.You have used your voice to say you want an end to the violence. I am contacting your today to ask for you to use your voice once more in support of the Congolese people.

      In recent days, the rebel group M23 has taken over the region of Goma in the DRC. This group of defective Congolese soldiers are extremely dangerous and have committed brutal acts against women and children. Their actions have taken control of a city that has been protected by the government for the past decade. This takeover put 200,000 children, Congolese civilians, and international peacekeepers/NGOs at risk.

      Please sign this petition to the Obama administration, demanding that those responsible for backing this group cease aiding the violent M23 rebel group: https://petitions.whiteho

      Sincerely,
      Jennavieve Kunz
      Petition Organizer

    10. Reached 6,000 signatures
    11. Nintendo's conflict free response

      Jenna Kunz
      Petition Organizer

      Hi petition supporters!

      Nintendo has responded to the calls for reducing their funding of violence in the DRC by myself, the Enough Project, Oregon Coalition for Humanity, Raise Hope for Congo, walk free, and countless others along with the social platform Change.org Petitions. It's a step in the right direction and I encourage Nintendo of America to adopt Intel's smelting and auditing program to create a more concrete plan to go conflict free

      Article links about Nintendo's statement release:
      http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/9/12/3324384/Wii-u-conflict-minerals-nintendo
      http://www.strategicsourceror.com/2012/09/nintendo-to-reduce-conflict-mineral-use.html

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    12. Nintendo/contact

      Jenna Kunz
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone,
      While there was a statement released by Nintendo about having a conflict free Wii U, the company has been unresponsive to me personally when I have contacted them through email, snail mail and Facebook. Due to the lack of response by this company, I am increasing my media outreach to tech journalists as well as my amount/methods of contacting Nintendo. I urge all of you to share this petition with your friends and family to emphasize to Nintendo the importance of following the initiative of so many other tech companies and creating a long term conflict-free Wii U tracing, auditing and certification process.
      Thanks for your support,
      Jennavieve Kunz

    13. A chance for progress

      Jenna Kunz
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone,

      As you may have heard, Nintendo has released a statement about making their Wii U conflict free. While this is a step in the right direction, the statement issued had no guidelines as to how the company will accomplish this task. I urge you all to share this petition on various social networks (Facebook, Twitter, email) since it clearly outlines how to reduce and eventually end the indirect funding of violence in eastern Congo.
      My Twitter: @jennavieve_kunz

      Blog post about the petition/Nintendo: http://www.enoughproject.org/blogs/game-over-nintendo-bends-activists’-pressure-conflict-minerals

      Article about Nintendo's statement: http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/9/12/3324384/Wii-u-conflict-minerals-nintendo
      Thank you for your support!

    14. Reached 5,000 signatures
    15. Future Guest Blog Post

      Jenna Kunz
      Petition Organizer

      Just a quick heads-up, I am going to be writing a guest blogs for RAISE hope for Congo, an organization that works to prevent genocide and atrocities. My post will be about my petition as well as how I became aware of the issues. Here's a link to their awesome site: http://www.raisehopeforcongo.org/

    16. Spread The Word!

      Jenna Kunz
      Petition Organizer

      Hello all,
      I am amazed that 4,563 of you have exercised your rights and used your voice on behalf of the Congolese people. The support this petition has received has exceeded my expectations and finally helped my passion and dreams of raising awareness about conflict minerals a reality. But we have a lot of work to do.
      I am asking you to help me reach this goal-our goal- of ten thousand voices and customers of Nintendo to clean up their act. please share this petition on Facebook, Twitter as well as other social media. email it to your friends. It is essential that we all contact other and share the petition so that we can promote change in the sources of Nintendo's products.
      Thank you for your support,
      Jenna

    17. Reached 4,000 signatures
    18. New twitter account

      Jenna Kunz
      Petition Organizer

      Here's my new twitter account to keep updates and info about my conflict mineral petition. My handle is @jennavieve_kunz and in case you haven't checked out the petition, here's a link below:

      https://www.change.org/petitions/nintendo-co-ltd-clean-up-your-conflict-minerals

      Any and all retweets/ Facebook shares would be appreciated! Please use your voice and your networks to get the word out!

    19. Reached 3,000 signatures

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      • about 1 year ago

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      • about 1 year ago

      I am a video gamer that does not support slavery willingly!

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    • Eric Dupree BEL AIR, MD
      • about 1 year ago

      I am ashamed to be a die-hard Nintendo fan. I thought we as a society were above this nonsense by now!

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