Respect for Human Rights

Management Approach

Materiality Rationale

In recent years, interest in the impact businesses may have on human rights has been growing internationally. As an enterprise that operates globally, the Sony Group recognizes its responsibility to respect the human rights of all stakeholders involved in its business operations, including employees and suppliers, and to ensure labor practices are appropriate.

Basic Approach

Following its basic policy to respect human rights, which is set forth in the Sony Group Code of Conduct, Sony expects all group companies to pursue responsible business conduct by complying with relevant laws and regulations and respecting all human rights. 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.

Structure

The CSR Section at Sony headquarters, which is supervised by the Corporate Executive Officer in Charge of CSR, assesses and monitors human rights risks throughout Sony Group’s business activities and supply chains. The human rights of employees 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 2018

Here are the main results of fiscal 2018 initiatives:

  • Continued to implement e-learning courses related to human rights
  • Established the Sony Group AI Ethics 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 started
  • 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

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 our operations, products, services and/or business relationships.

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