Nintendo investigating manufacturer Foxconn after child labor admission

Foxconn, the massive Chinese manufacturing firm that puts together, among many other things, the iPhone and Nintendo hardware like the Wii U, admitted to employing workers under the age of 16. The company released a statement confessing that "Our 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," in violation of Chinese labor law.

In response, Nintendo issued its own statement. "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."

Any child labor would also be in violation of Nintendo's own "Corporate Social Responsibility Procurement Guidelines," as part of which Nintendo conducts regular on-site inspections of companies it works with.

"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 said in its statement.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.