Sony places significant emphasis on the development and maintenance of business continuity plans (BCPs), which include disaster prevention and mitigation, with the objective of reducing the risk of its business being interrupted in the event of a natural disaster, accident or other such event. The BCPs function to try to ensure that critical business operations are not interrupted, even in the event of a disaster, as well as to facilitate the earliest possible recovery of operations, should interruption be unavoidable.
The electronics industry struggled to cope with the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake and severe flooding in Thailand in fiscal 2012, and with the impact of the earthquakes in the Kumamoto region of Japan in 2016. Sony's employees and top management rallied together, capitalizing on their experiences in implementing measures to ensure business continuity, and succeeded in minimizing the impact of production disruptions.
Since 2012, Sony has been conducting ongoing reviews of the respective BCPs at its headquarters, each of its business units and subsidiaries, and has been working on updating and improving plans by identifying, analyzing, and evaluating risks based on new criteria. Moving forward, Sony will continue working to create even more effective BCPs that reflect the lessons learned in various previous disasters. Recognizing the implementation of effective BCPs as a crucial management responsibility, Sony will also continue to capitalize on its experience in coping with major disasters and to implement effective measures such as enhancement of risk management across its group-wide supply chain.