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.