Updated on August 29, 2018
In October 2017, Sony established the Sony Group Policy for Responsible Supply Chain of Minerals.
In the policy, Sony pledges that, in order to avoid contributing to conflicts or serious human rights abuses through its sourcing practices, Sony identifies certain minerals that are sourced in conflict affected and high-risk areas and that are high-risk for Sony from the corporate social responsibility viewpoint (the “High-Risk minerals”). As of October 2017, Sony has identified tantalum, tin, gold, tungsten and cobalt as the High-Risk minerals.
Sony’s policy is to refrain from knowingly purchasing any products, components or materials that contain the High-Risk minerals that contribute to conflicts or serious human rights abuses in the chain of custody.
To help ensure compliance with its policy, Sony requires its suppliers to source minerals from smelters that have been determined not to be contributing to conflicts or serious human rights abuses.
Sony has designed an internal due diligence framework to determine the country of origin and chain of custody for any high-risk minerals in its supply chain. This due diligence framework is designed to conform, in all material respects, with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.