Updated on August 23, 2017
Sony respects the human rights of all stakeholders in our business operations and supply chains. In response to the growing concern about the impact of increasing globalization on human rights, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011. These Principles identify steps that global companies can take to prevent and mitigate the potential adverse human rights impact in their business operations and supply chains. Sony fully support these Principles and strive to respect human rights and ensure good labor practices in all of our business activities.
Sony's basic commitment to human rights is set forth in the Sony Group Code of Conduct, which is applicable to all directors, officers, and employees of the Sony Group. The Sony Group Code of Conduct requires all Sony Group companies to engage in ethical business conduct, including respect for human rights, and to adopt sound labor and employment practices for our employees in accordance with applicable laws.
Sony is also committed to maintaining and improving risk-based systems and processes to help ensure that there are no human rights violations related to our own operations or our supply chains. Sony engaged BSR, an independent, non-profit, global organization devoted to building a just and sustainable world, to conduct an analysis of the potential human rights risks across Sony Group's various business operations and supply chains which encompasses electronics, entertainment, and finance since the salient human rights issues vary depending on the business segment. From this assessment by BSR, Sony identified that human rights in the electronics business supply chain, including materials procurement, is a consideration. To address this risk in our electronics segment, Sony adopted the Sony Supply Chain Code of Conduct and introduced an assessment and ongoing monitoring scheme for our electronics suppliers.
Sony Group regulary provides training to all of its employees across the globe, in order to familiarize them with the Sony Group Code of Conduct and encourage ethical business conduct, including respect for human rights. Relevant organizations within the Sony Group conduct additional specialized training to key personnel to help detect and address human rights risks.
Sony operates multiple channels, including an ethics hotline, for employees to raise concerns or seek guidance about possible violations of laws or internal policies, including the Sony Group Code of Conduct. Additionally, Sony operates a supplier hotline for business partners, and a conflict minerals hotline for reporting violations of corporate policy on conflict minerals. These channels of communication help to raise awareness of and enable Sony to rapidly address human rights risks.