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Ethics and Compliance

Management Approach

Materiality Rationale

Integrity and Sincerity is part of Sony's key Values to achieve its Purpose. Sony's ethics and compliance program supports Sony's value creation. It helps to ensure that Sony Group Personnel throughout Sony's diverse business portfolio work together to deliver emotional experiences to Sony customers in an ethically responsible manner generating trust for the Sony Brand.

Basic Approach

Sony's ethics and compliance program is designed to comply with laws, manage key group-wide risks and create a culture of integrity to ensure ethical and responsible business conduct. The program is continuously improved based on both best practices and global regulatory expectations. The Sony Group Code of Conduct is the cornerstone of the program. The Code identifies Sony's high standards for ethical and responsible business conduct and is aligned with Sony's ethical values. It supports Sony's commitment to diversity and its commitment to the creation of social value. Sony has also adopted in-depth group-wide policies, procedures and controls for key risk areas such as antitrust, anti-corruption, privacy and personal information management. Senior management evidences its commitment to ethical business conduct by repeatedly communicating the importance of staying true to the Code and leading by example.

Structure

Sony instituted a global and regional network and structure to ensure effective oversight and implementation of our ethics and compliance program by all Sony Group companies.

Main Achievements in Fiscal 2020

  • Refresher training on the Sony Group Code of Conduct was delivered to all employees.
  • Ethisphere Institute recognized Sony as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the third consecutive year.
  • *"World's Most Ethical Companies" and "Ethisphere" names and marks are registered trademarks of Ethisphere LLC.

Milestones

  • 2001:
    Established the Compliance Division in Sony Corporation (Current "Compliance & Privacy Department")
  • 2003:
    Adopted the Sony Group Code of Conduct
    Refresher training on the Sony Group Code of Conduct Establishment of the Compliance Hotline (Current "Sony Ethics & Compliance Hotline") was delivered to all employees.
    Establishment of the Global Compliance Network which consists of regional offices of Global Entertainment & Americas, Europe, Japan, East-Asia and Pan-Asia
  • 2008:
    Established the Compliance Monitoring Team
  • 2009:
    Established the Compliance Leadership Team
  • 2018:
    Revision of Sony Group Code of Conduct

Looking to the Future

Sony continuously assesses its risks and engages in ongoing reviews and program improvements to maintain and elevate a culture of integrity. Senior managements continue to allocate necessary resources to achieve Sony's goal of ethical and responsible business conduct and compliance with laws and regulations by all Sony Group personnel.

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