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Ethics and Compliance

Management Approach

Materiality Rationale

Integrity and Sincerity is Sony's key values to achieve its Purpose. Sony's ethics and compliance program supports Sony's value creation by ensuring that Sony 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.

Sony's Approach

Sony's ethics and compliance program is designed to manage key group-wide risks and create a culture of integrity to ensure ethical and responsible business conduct. Sony's program is continuously improved based on evolving best practices and global regulatory expectations. The Sony Group Code of Conduct is the cornerstone of Sony's ethics and compliance program and supports Sony's diversity as well as commitment to creating social value. The Code identifies basic standards of ethical and responsible business conduct aligned with Sony's ethical values. 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 has instituted a global and regional network and structure, which covers all Sony Group companies to ensure effective implementation and oversight over our ethics and compliance program.

Milestones

  • 2001:
    Established the Compliance Division in Sony Corporation (Current "Compliance & Privacy Department")
  • 2003:
    Adopted the Sony Group Code of Conduct
    Establishment of the Compliance Hotline (Current "Sony Ethics & Compliance Hotline")
    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
  • 2020:
    Honored as one of "World's Most Ethical Companies" for the 2nd consecutive year
  • *"World's Most Ethical Companies" and "Ethisphere" names and marks are registered trademarks of Ethisphere LLC.

Looking to the Future

Sony continuously assess its risks and the program and improves its program to help maintain its culture of integrity and ethical conduct by all Sony personnel. Senior management will continue to allocate necessary resources to our program to achieve Sony's goal of ethical and responsible business conduct and compliance with laws and regulations.

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