Our Approach to Conflict Minerals
Sony shares the concern that conflict minerals might be used in the electronics industry supply chain and is taking steps to eliminate conflict minerals from the supply chain. It is Sony policy to refrain from purchasing any products, parts and materials that are known to contain conflict minerals. Suppliers are also expected to ensure that products, parts and materials delivered to Sony do not contain conflict minerals. Sony is currently formulating an appropriate framework and measures to implement this policy.
Recognizing that these issues are common across the electronics industry, Sony is also participating in the creation of an industry-wide framework, an effort spearheaded by the EICC/GeSI, to improve traceability of minerals and ensure responsible sourcing.
In August 2011, Sony initiated a traceability of certain product categories using the EICC/GeSI and conflict minerals reporting template, as well as joint conflict-free smelter certification programs, as part of its on-going development of systems and measures to implement its policy against conflict minerals. The EICC/GeSI's Smelter List in below includes part of minerals' smelters identified through Sony's traceability processes.