Call in the crisis management team, because the last thing the incredibly image-conscious Nintendo wants to hear is that the production of their upcoming Wii U system has been tainted.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., or trade name Foxconn Technology Group, had hired underage workers for the production of Wii U console components. Hon Hai said that it had hired interns as young as 14 to work with the company for approximately three weeks, and that they took “immediate steps” to return the interns back to their educational institutions.
Nintendo now says it will investigate the problem and made the following statement:
“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.”
According to Hon Hai, there is no evidence of any similar violations at other plants.