(Updated on August 3, 2012)
In May 2003, Sony adopted the Sony Group Code of Conduct, which sets the basic internal standards to be observed by all directors, officers and employees of the Sony Group, in order to emphasize and further strengthen corporate governance, business ethics and compliance systems throughout the Sony Group. In addition to legal and compliance standards, the Code of Conduct sets out the Sony Group's basic policies concerning ethical business practices and activities on such topics as respect for human rights, safety of products and services, environmental conservation and information disclosure.
The Code of Conduct has been adopted and implemented by each Sony Group company globally and is the subject of frequent "tone from the top" messaging and other training. To date, the document has been translated into 26 languages.