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Corporate Governance

Sony is committed to strong corporate governance. As a part of this effort, in 2003, Sony adopted the "Company with Committees" corporate governance system under the Companies Act of Japan. In addition to complying with the requirements of applicable governance laws and regulations, Sony has introduced its own requirements to help improve the soundness and transparency of its governance by strengthening the separation of the Directors' function from that of management and advancing the proper functioning of the statutory committees. Under Sony's system, the Board of Directors defines the respective areas for which each of the Corporate Executive Officers is responsible and delegates to them decision-making authority to manage the business, thereby promoting the prompt and efficient management of the Sony Group.

Compliance

Ethical business conduct and compliance with applicable laws and regulations are fundamental aspects of Sony's corporate culture. To this end, Sony has established a Global Compliance Network comprised of the Compliance Division at the corporate headquarters, a global compliance leadership team, and regional offices around the world; Additionally it has adopted and implemented the Sony Group Code of Conduct; and set up Compliance Hotline systems through its Global Compliance Network -- in order to reinforce the Company's worldwide commitment to integrity and help assure resources are available for employees to raise concerns or seek guidance about legal and ethical matters.
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