Established in 1917, Nikon products range from consumer optics (digital cameras, binoculars) to industrial precision equipment (scanners, microscopes, measuring instruments).
In 2012 the Enough Project published the Conflict Minerals Company Rankings, which ranked the world's largest electronics companies on their efforts toward using and investing in conflict-free minerals in their products. This company received a 'Red' ranking, signifying it has "done next to nothing to shift their practices toward conflict-free from Congo. They are not members of industry-wide efforts, have not taken the proper steps to investigate their supply chains, have said nothing about legislation, and are not actively engaged with other stakeholders."
[Source 2012][More on Human Rights]
UK animal rights campaigners Viva! are calling for a boycott of Nikon for facilitating and promoting the shooting of wild animals with both cameras and guns. Nikon sponsor trophy hunting in the United States and also produce a riflescope specifically designed for killing large wild animals in Africa.
[Source 2014][More on Animal Rights]
Milieudefensie and Friends of the Earth have assessed how open manufacturers of smartphones, tablets, laptops and game consoles are about the use of materials, water, land surface area and greenhouse gas emissions. Assessment also covered whether manufacturers are honest about the use of tin from Indonesia and whether they are prepared to address the abuses in the tin mines on Bangka in Indonesia, such as by participating in the IDH project (Sustainable Trade Initiative). This company received an 'orange' rating, indicating they either take no responsibility for the situation on Bangka Belitung or do not provide enough information on the use of raw materials.
[Source 2015][More on Human Rights]
In 2012 Nikon Inc sent a letter to independent camera repair technicians in the US, notifying them that the company will no longer supply repair parts to anyone except 23 Nikon authorized repair facilities. The move makes it significantly more difficult, time consuming and expensive for photographers to get their Nikon equipment fixed.
[Source 2012][More on Product Safety]
In 2011 Switzerland's antitrust body fined this company 12.5m Swiss francs ($13.2m) for overpricing its products and breaking import rules. The Competition Commission said that Nikon had obstructed retail import of Nikon products and had exerted pressure on dealers in Switzerland to buy Nikon camera products only via Nikon's Swiss unit allowing Nikon to charge excessive prices for its products in 2008/09.
[Source 2011][More on Governance]
This company has Corporate Social Responsibility claims on its website, including the areas of environmental management and supply chain management.
[Source 2013][More on Sustainability Reporting]
This company is a member of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (formerly the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative), which helps companies address conflict minerals issues in their supply chains. The RMI provides information on conflict-free smelters and refiners, common tools to gather sourcing information, and forums for exchanging best practices on addressing conflict minerals. Membership is open to companies that use or transact in tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold (3TG). Founded in 2008 by members of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative.
[Source 2019][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
California, the UK and Australia have all enacted legislation requiring companies operating within their borders to disclose their efforts to eradicate modern slavery from their operations and supply chains. Follow the link to see this company's disclosure statement.
[Source 2017][More on Human Rights]
C grade in the Baptist World Aid Australia's Behind the Barcode 'Ethical Electronics Guide 2016', which grades companies on their efforts to mitigate the risks of forced labour, child labour and worker exploitation throughout their supply chains. Assessment criteria fall into four main categories: policies, traceability & transparency, monitoring & training and worker rights.
[Source 2016][More on Workers Rights]
|Company Structure||Public company|
|Revenue||US$1.1 billion in 2013|
|# Employees||23,859 in 2014|
|Subsidiaries||Nikon Australia Pty Ltd|
Products / BrandsNikon Australia