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Respect for Human Rights

Management Approach

Materiality Rationale

Sony understands the impact of its global business operations on human rights. It recognizes its responsibility to respect the human rights of all stakeholders involved in its business operations, including its employees and suppliers' workers, and its responsibility to ensure labor practices are appropriate.

Basic Approach

Sony strives to respect human rights in all of its business operations in accordance with the Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights issued by the United Nations Human Rights Council. Sony's policy requiring respect for human rights is set forth in the Sony Group Code of Conduct. Sony expects all group companies to pursue responsible business conduct by respecting all human rights in compliance with its Code as well as relevant laws and regulations.

Governance Structure

The CSR Section at Sony headquarters is supervised by the Corporate Executive Officer in Charge of CSR. It assesses and monitors human rights risks throughout the Sony Group's business activities and supply chains. Employees rights are addressed by a diversity committee at each Sony Group company in Japan. These committees conduct workshops on human rights and diversity. Sony has also established systems and mechanisms for employees seeking consultation on human rights issues and risks in order to ensure a quick response when problems arise.

Main Achievements in Fiscal 2019

Here are the main results of fiscal 2019 initiatives:

  • Continued to train employees about respect and protection of human rights
  • Continued to address human rights risks in the supply chain of its electronics products
  • Continued to make efforts based on Sony Group AI Ethical Guidelines

Milestones

  • 1987:
    Human Rights Office established
  • 1991:
    Human rights lectures for employees launched
  • 1995:
    Sony Group Human Rights Committee established
  • 1998:
    Counseling services on human rights and equal opportunities for employees initiated
  • 2000:
    Philosophy and basic approach to human rights established
  • 2003:
    Sony Group Code of Conduct established
  • 2011:
    Human Rights Committee changed name to Diversity Committee
  • 2012:
    Human right risks analyzed
  • 2018:
    Sony Group Code of Conduct revised
    Sony Group AI Ethics Guideline established
    Human rights risk analysis updated

Looking to the Future

Sony is committed to making reasonable efforts to avoid causing or contributing to adverse human rights impacts that may arise from its operations, products, services and/or business relationships.

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