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Updated on September 7, 2016

Evaluation of the Board and the Committees

Policy for the Board and Committee Effectiveness Evaluation

Sony believes that it is important to endeavor to improve the effectiveness of the Board and each Committee in order to support Sony's business operations and enhance the corporate value of the Sony Group. To achieve this goal, Sony conducts evaluations of the effectiveness of the Board and of each Committee (the "Board and Committee Effectiveness Evaluation") at least annually.

Procedures for the Board and Committee Effectiveness Evaluation

Led by the Board Chairman, the Board, which consists of Directors elected at the annual shareholders' meeting in June 2015, took the following steps in implementing the Board and Committee Effectiveness Evaluation:
  • Evaluated the current status and practices of the Board and each Committee such as the composition of the Board, operation of the Board, the commitments of each Director and activities of each Committee, by gathering responses to a questionnaire from each Director.
  • Further evaluated the status and practices of the Board and each Committee through interviews with the Chairman of the Board, the Chair of each Committee, the Chief Executive Officer and certain additional Directors.
  • Analyzed the results of these evaluations, with the assistance of outside counsel with expertise in Japanese and global corporate governance practices, led by the Board Chairman.
  • Presented the results at a Board meeting and discussed and decided on appropriate follow-up actions based on those results.

Summary of the results of the Board and Committee Effectiveness Evaluation

As a result of the Board and Committee Effectiveness Evaluation, the Board affirmed that the Board and each Committee were functioning effectively, as of October 2015. During the evaluation process, some Directors gave constructive comments and opinions on the composition of the Board; frequency of, and agendas at, Board meetings; and manner of, and means for, the Board's and/or each Committee's review of Sony's mid- to long- term strategies and oversight of the Sony Group's risk management.

Future actions

Sony will aim to use the results of the Board and Committee Effectiveness Evaluation, as well as various comments and opinions given by Directors during the evaluation process, to continue to improve the effectiveness of the Board and each Committee.
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