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Respect for Human Rights

Management Approach

Materiality Rationale

Sony recognizes the potential impact of its global business operations on human rights. It respects the human rights of all stakeholders involved in its business operations, including its employees and suppliers' workers, and understands its responsibility to help ensure appropriate labor practices to prevent and mitigate human rights abuses.

Basic Approach

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. Sony's policy requiring respect for human rights is set forth in the Sony Group Code of Conduct. Sony expects all Group companies to pursue responsible business conduct by respecting all human rights in compliance with its Code as well as all relevant laws and regulations.


The Sustainability Section at Sony Group Corporation is supervised by the Corporate Executive Officer in charge of sustainability. It assesses and monitors human rights risks throughout Sony Group's business activities and supply chains. Employee rights are addressed by a diversity promotion committee at each Sony Group company in Japan. These committees conduct workshops on human rights and diversity. Sony has also established mechanisms for employees seeking guidance on human rights issues and risks in order to ensure a quick response when problems arise.

Main Achievements in Fiscal 2020

In fiscal year 2020 the following initiatives were implemented:

  • Continued employee training about respect and protection of human rights,featuring hot topics
  • Continued management and mitigation of human rights risks in the supply chain of its electronics products
  • Advancing activities for putting the Sony Group AI Ethics Guidelines into practice including developing AI ethics assessment frameworks and system.
  • Supported initiatives that promote social justice and antiracist initiatives to foster diversity, equity and inclusion around the world through the Global Social Justice Fund
  • Identified potential human rights risks through the human rights impact assessment
    Discussed necessary actions and continued monitoring for the identified risks


  • 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 initiated
  • 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
  • 2012:
    Human right impact assessment conducted
  • 2018:
    Sony Group Code of Conduct revised
    Sony Group AI Ethical Guidelines established
    Human rights impact assessment updated
  • 2019:
    Sony Group AI Ethics Committee established

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

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