To help assure consistent global activity to support ethical conduct and compliance with laws and Sony Group policies, and promote the use of the Sony Ethics & Compliance Hotline, Sony established a Compliance Education Protocol that sets forth minimum mandatory global communications and training requirements.
In accordance with this protocol, Sony Group personnel are required to complete periodic comprehensive code of conduct training as well as training on other key risks. These risks include fairness in competition and business dealings, anti-bribery, and the prevention of discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Booklets, wallet cards, posters, online training videos and in-person training (modified for local law and/or culture), are used to raise awareness of the Sony Group Code of Conduct, other key risks and the Hotline. In addition, legal/compliance personnel provide specific guidance and training on key local risks that include real-life examples. Sony continually strives to adapt and improve its ethics and compliance training and communications in light of evolving risks and changes in the business environment and the business.
Sony Corporation's CEO and other members of its senior management also remind employees of the importance of ethical conduct and the need to report ethical concerns through ongoing communications. Through these varied communication and training efforts, Sony continues to promote an understanding of the importance of its core values and ethical business conduct as set forth in the Sony Group Code of Conduct.