Participation in Industry Groups and the Public-Private Alliance
Sony actively cooperates with and provides support for industry organizations and alliances whose objectives and activities are focused on preventing and reducing the harmful impact of minerals mining in high-risk regions. Sony is an active participant in the programs of the EICC, which was founded with the objective of improving the situation regarding social and environmental issues in the electronics supply chain, and is involved in a valuable process whereby companies undertake research on the situation in mineral-producing countries. In 2011, the EICC launched the CFS Program to provide leadership to the industry in this area. Sony utilizes the frameworks developed by the EICC and other alliances as part of its efforts to ensure responsible sourcing of the four identified minerals.
Sony supports and contributes to such industry initiatives as the traceability project for tin launched in 2010 by ITRI, a tin industry organization, to validate that the metals used in its products are not contributing to conflict and come from sustainable sources. Sony also participates in the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA), a joint effort of government, industry and civil society organizations led by the U.S. government to support responsible mineral trade from the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. Since its establishment, the PPA has supported the creation of a pilot supply chain management system that includes certifying conflict-free mines, that is, mines that engage in responsible trade practices. The PPA also provides a platform for coordination amongst government, industry and civil society actors seeking to support conflict-free sourcing and self-sustaining trade from the DRC and the Great Lakes Region, and serves as a resource for companies seeking information regarding how to source responsibly.
Moreover, as part of our overall effort to achieve conflict-free supply chains, Sony promotes active, on-going dialogue with civil society organizations, industry groups and other external stakeholders for further improvement of conflict-free sourcing practices. For example, EICC/GeSI holds workshops for discussions periodically with NGOs, socially responsible investors, local government representatives and other stakeholders with whom Sony participates. Such workshops have been held on more than 10 occasions in various countries and regions, including Europe and North America. In addition to EICC participation, Sony is promoting the industry initiatives of the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA). Sony has taken a leading role in the establishment of JEITA's workgroup program and in the EICC's activities.