Sony recognizes that effective change requires a joint effort and has joined in multi-stakeholder dialogue about conflict minerals with nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and peer companies. Sony actively participates in and supports industry groups and alliances that seek to identify and prevent or mitigate the adverse impact associated with mineral extraction in high-risk areas, including the RBA, and has funded a range of programs addressing this issue. The RBA was founded with the objective of addressing social and environmental issues in the electronics supply chain.
In 2011, the EICC(Currently RBA) launched the CFSP(Currently RMAP) Program to provide leadership to the industry in this area. With the aim of promoting collaboration with other industries and multiple stakeholders, in August 2013 the EICC/GeSI launched the CFSI(Currently RMI). Sony utilizes the frameworks developed by the RBA, RMI and other alliances as part of its efforts to ensure responsible sourcing of raw materials. In 2016, Sony took steps to help all smelters in its supply chain acquire CFSP validation by donating funds to help support The Initial Audit Fund (a CFSI subsidy program that aims to encourage smelter participation in the CFSP by covering the expenses involved for smelters undergoing the initial audit for CFSI validation inspection).
Sony also supports and contributes to such industry initiatives as the traceability project for tin launched in 2010 by ITRI, a tin industry organization, to validate that the metals used in its products are not contributing to conflict and come from sustainable sources. In addition, Sony participates in the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA), a joint effort of government, industry and civil society organizations led by the U.S. government to support responsible mineral trade from the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. Since its establishment, the PPA has supported the creation of a pilot supply chain management system that includes certifying conflict-free mines, that is, mines that engage in responsible trade practices. The PPA also provides a platform for coordination among government, industry and civil society actors seeking to support conflict-free sourcing and self-sustaining trade from the DRC and the Great Lakes Region, and serves as a resource for companies seeking information regarding how to source responsibly.
Moreover, as part of its overall effort to achieve conflict-free supply chains, Sony promotes active, ongoing dialogue with civil society organizations, industry groups and other external stakeholders for further improvement of conflict-free sourcing practices. For example, CFSI holds workshops for discussions with NGOs, socially responsible investors, local government representatives and other stakeholders, in which Sony participates. Sony also works to support the industry initiatives of the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA).