The Sony Group is committed to creating a workplace where human rights are respected and to providing equal employment opportunities that allow all individuals to make the most of their capabilities. In light of the increasing diversity of human rights issues facing corporations, Sony believes it is crucial to address these issues appropriately by building a common awareness among employees.
The Sony Group Code of Conduct, enacted in May 2003, contains articles related to respect for human rights and maps out global policies that guide human rights-related rules and activities throughout the Sony Group. The article in the Code concerning equal opportunity in employment lays down the Group's policy for recruiting, hiring, training, promoting and otherwise treating applicants and employees without regard to non-business-related characteristics, including race, religion, skin color, nationality, age, gender, or physical limitation. These provisions are based on existing international standards, including the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Sony's transactions with suppliers must comply with provisions in the Sony Group Code of Conduct. Sony has established the Sony Supplier Code of Conduct, which covers human rights issues that could potentially arise at production facilities operated by suppliers and outsourcing partners concerning labor conditions (e.g. discrimination, child labor, and work hours, and freedom of association).