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Responsible Supply Chain

Management Approach

Materiality Rationale

In recent years, stakeholders have grown increasingly aware of how crucial it is that companies fulfill their overall responsibilities throughout their supply chains, including procurement and production. Sony takes these stakeholder concerns seriously and is working closely with its suppliers on initiatives in fields such as human rights, labor conditions, health and safety, and environmental protection. These initiatives cover not only Sonyʼs own sites, but sites throughout the supply chain — from parts and material suppliers, to mineral mining operations, to production sites operated both by Sony and by subcontractors.

Basic Approach

The foundation of Sony's efforts to build a responsible supply chain is the compliance of each and every director, executive, and employee with the Sony Group Code of Conduct and ethical business practices. Based on this approach, Sony focuses on supply chain management and responsible procurement of minerals and works with suppliers and subcontractors to establish a responsible supply chain that ensures compliance with the Sony Supply Chain Code of Conduct and the Sony Group Policy for Responsible Supply Chan of Minerals. These efforts are undertaken in collaboration with relevant industry organizations and other stakeholders.

Main Achievements in Fiscal 2020

Here are the main results of fiscal 2020 initiatives:

  • Conducted CSR self-assessment surveys at 13 Sony manufacturing sites in Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, the UK, and Brazil
  • Conducted interviews of on-site contractors at a number of Sony manufacturing sites in Japan, covering their hiring process for technical intern trainees and the labor conditions of trainees
  • Conducted CSR assessments at 564 Sony suppliers plants
  • Enhanced periodic assessments at existing suppliers
  • Conducted on-site visits to supplier manufacturing sites in Japan with the aim of improving labor, health and safety, including the hiring process for technical intern trainees and the labor conditions of trainees
  • Encouraged cobalt refineries in supply chain to join the audit program, and donated funds to the foundation that covers the cost for refineries to undergo assessments

Milestones

  • 2004:
    Sony joins the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC, now the Responsible Business Alliance) as a founding member
  • 2005:
    Sony Supplier Code of Conduct established
  • 2006:
    EICC self-assessment started at electronics manufacturing sites
  • 2012:
    Sony Supplier Code of Conduct revised to create second edition
  • 2014:
    Sony Group Conflict Minerals Policy established and a survey on use of conflict minerals started
  • 2016:
    Sony Supply Chain Code of Conduct established and cobalt supply chain assessment started
  • 2017:
    Sony Group Policy for Responsible Supply Chain of Minerals established
  • 2021:
    Sony Supply Chain Code of Conduct revised to create 3.0 edition

Looking to the Future

In order to further strengthen efforts to establish a responsible supply chain, Sony will expand assessments of its own sites and its suppliers, for example by having primary suppliers request secondary suppliers and other subcontractors to comply with the Sony Supply Chain Code of Conduct. Sony remains committed to ongoing efforts to raise awareness, educate, and provide training not only to employees, but also across the supply chain, communicating with suppliers to raise awareness and the capacity to respond effectively to responsible supply chain issues. Sony will also continue to strengthen its countermeasures of high-risk minerals in its procurement.

Activity Reports