Implementation Framework: Formulation of the Sony Supplier Code of Conduct
In 2005, Sony established the Sony Supplier Code of Conduct, based on industry best practices as highlighted in the EICC Code of Conduct, to ensure that suppliers understand Sony's expectations in more detail and that the code is observed by suppliers of products and materials around the world.
As part of its effort to assess supplier compliance with the Sony Supplier Code of Conduct, Sony has introduced assessment questionnaires and explanatory meetings for its approximately 1,200*
suppliers worldwide. Sony continues to support efforts for suppliers to conduct their business in a socially responsible manner by conducting assessments and further inquires of follow-up measures.
As of March 31, 2011, assessments had been conducted in all but a few of areas where Sony has suppliers and Sony had received the results of assessments from almost all of its suppliers worldwide. The results of these assessments indicate several overall trends, including that organizational development, i.e., the establishment of labor and ethical management systems, remains at a transitional stage. Sony will continue to support the efforts of suppliers to improve their activities.
The EICC has also established a framework for third-party supplier audits based on the EICC Code of Conduct. This framework encompasses the certification of third-party auditors, as well as the provision of necessary auditing tools, including manuals and audit checklists. These audits focused on suppliers in regions where member companies consider the risk of violation to be high.
Sony's suppliers have also undergone audits based on EICC standards through the EICC's shared audit program.
The results of these audits identified a comparatively substantial number of non-conformance issues in the categories of labor and ethical management systems, health and safety, and labor.