Target: Nintendo Corporation
Goal: Stop using “conflict minerals,” metals whose sales fuel armed conflict, to create products.
Many of the precious minerals and metals that tech companies use to produce their products are sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The sales of these minerals support the ongoing conflict in central Africa, one of the world’s bloodiest war zones. More tech companies are using fewer metals from this area to create their products, with the exception of one—Nintendo. Nintendo must be told that consumers would rather buy products with conflict-free minerals.
Metals whose sales fuel armed conflict are termed “conflict minerals” by the Enough Project, an advocacy group that has been working to keep tech companies accountable for the minerals they use to create smartphones, mp3 players, and other electronics. However, despite pressure from the Enough Project, Nintendo continues to buy metals from this area and therefore refuses to stop supporting the conflict in central Africa. Other companies such as Microsoft, Apple, and Dell have all made concerted efforts to avoid buying metals that originate from Congo. However, when asked about its practices, Nintendo denied responsibility for purchasing metals used to manufacture its products and showed great apathy concerning the issue. Tell Nintendo that its lack of global responsibility is unacceptable.
Dear Nintendo Corporation,
The precious raw minerals that your company uses to produce its products are being purchased from controversial sources in the war zone of central Africa. The sales of these metals support armed conflict and have contributed to over 5 million war-related deaths in the area since 1998. Other technology companies have made efforts to use conflict-free metals in their products, but Nintendo continues to show a lack of global responsibility by purchasing conflict minerals and has refused in the past to change its investment plans regarding metals sourcing.
Your attitude of apathy toward such an urgent issue is unacceptable and must change. Please take steps today to work with advocacy groups and other organizations to ensure that you avoid investing in minerals that fuel armed conflict.
[Your Name Here]
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