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Updated on September 7, 2016

Establishing and Promoting the Sony Supply Chain Code of Conduct

Basic Approach

Sony recognizes the increasing importance of global companies' responsibility to manage their supply chains responsibly as diligent members of society and is taking a variety of steps to structure a responsible supply chain. Sony works with its suppliers to address issues such as human rights, labor conditions, health and safety, and environmental protection throughout its supply chain.
  • Basic Structure of the Supply Chain
    Basic Structure of the Supply Chain

Establishing the Sony Supply Chain Code of Conduct

In recent years, stakeholders have become increasingly concerned about manufacturers' responsibilities in relation to the product supply chain, including issues related to human rights, labor conditions, health and safety, and environmental protection, not only at their own production sites, but also at the production sites of subcontractors and parts suppliers. Conduct at Sony production sites is guided by the code issued by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a CSR alliance for the electronics industry which Sony joined when the alliance was established in 2004. All Sony electronics manufacturing sites are involved in ongoing efforts to ensure compliance with the EICC Code of Conduct, which represents industry best practices. Recognizing that parts suppliers, subcontractors in design and production, and other partner firms are all involved in the production of Sony products, and seeing the need to address these issues within a framework that meets Sony's standards, in 2005 Sony established the Sony Supplier Code of Conduct, based on the EICC Code of Conduct.

To enhance its CSR management in the supply chain, in January 2016 Sony established the Sony Supply Chain Code of Conduct. This code adopts the EICC Code of Conduct to govern manufacturing processes at both Sony's own electronics manufacturing sites and those of its suppliers.

As part of the requirements under this Code of Conduct, Sony asks that its suppliers comply with items required in its Green Partner Environmental Quality Approval Program and the Sony Group Conflict Minerals Policy.

Sony's Structure for Promoting Supply Chain Management

At Sony, CSR and Compliance groups at the head office, and the Compliance and Procurement groups at Sony Global Manufacturing & Operations Corporation (SGMO), take the lead in promoting responsible sourcing activities in cooperation with other related head office divisions, business groups and relevant functions at manufacturing sites. The Sony CSR group at the head office communicates with external stakeholders to monitor trends and best practices, drawing on both to formulate basic company-wide supply chain management policy. With guidance from the Corporate Executive Officer in charge of Production and Procurement, the Representative Director and President of SGMO is responsible for the implementation of the policy, which is operated by the Compliance and Procurement groups of SGMO serving as the Administrative Office. The Administrative Office is responsible for the general execution of the Operational Rules for the Sony Supply Chain Code of Conduct, which includes ensuring compliance with the Code at electronics manufacturing sites both at Sony and its suppliers, conducting risk assessments and regular monitoring, and implementing necessary improvements. The office is also working to provide training opportunities to build the capacity of those involved with Sony and its suppliers.

In cases where assessments or external sources indicate any possibility of violations of the Sony Supply Chain Code of Conduct or a material legal violation, or in cases where the supplier does not provide adequate cooperation with assessments and audits, the person in charge works together with the CSR and Compliance groups at the head office to determine the facts and take action deemed necessary, and the situation is immediately reported to the Corporate Executive Officer in charge of Production and Procurement.
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