Updated on April 2, 2018
The Sony Group Code of Conduct sets forth our core values and establishes standards of ethical business conduct to be observed by all directors, officers and employees of Sony Group. It also establishes our basic policies on such topics as compliance with laws and rules, fair competition in business dealings, anti-corruption, protection of confidential information and intellectual property, respect for human rights, safety of products and services, environmental conservation and information disclosure.
The Sony Group Code of Conduct was first adopted in May 2003. Our Code is periodically reviewed and was most recently revised in April 2018 to update key risk areas, to simplify its readability and to enhance the presentation and style of the document.
The ethical principles set out in global guidelines such as Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the United Nations Global Compact, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are reflected in the Sony Group Code of Conduct. Sony also participated in the formulation of and observes the standards outlined in the Charter of Corporate Behavior of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), an alliance of Japan's leading corporations.
Our Code of Conduct has been adopted and implemented by each Sony Group company and is the subject of frequent "tone from the top" messaging both from Sony Corporation top management and local management. Sony Group has also implemented a robust compliance education training program to train employees on Code of Conduct topics. Localized codes of conduct and specialized policies designed to address key risks further support the Sony Group Code of Conduct.