Ethics and Compliance

Management Approach

Sony’s Approach

Sony understands that its commitment to ethical business conduct provides a competitive advantage. Sony’s senior management is committed to promoting our ethical culture throughout the organization and leads by example.

The Sony Group Code of Conduct anchors the ethics and compliance program. It establishes Sony’s standards for ethical and responsible business conduct, core ethical values and the basic policies on important topics.

In February 2019, Sony Corporation was recognized as one of the “2019 World's Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute, a US-based organization which researches and advances the standards of ethical business practices worldwide. The "World's Most Ethical Companies" award honors companies who achieve outstanding results in the areas of transparency, integrity, ethics, and compliance.

To Sony, this award demonstrates that its efforts up to this point have been recognized. Moving forward, Sony will continue to advance its initiatives in alignment with its culture of ethics. Sony is also a member of Ethisphere’s Business Ethics Leadership Alliance, a global community of companies committed to promoting ethical leadership and working together to share leading practices.

*"World's Most Ethical Companies" and "Ethisphere" names and marks are registered trademarks of Ethisphere LLC.


  • 2001:
    Established the Compliance Division in Sony Corporation (Current“Legal, Compliance & Privacy Department")
  • 2003:
    Adopted the Sony Group Code of Conduct Establishment of the Compliance Hotline (Current“Sony Ethics & Compliance Hotline”)
  • 2003:
    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
  • 2019:
    Honored as one of “2019 World's Most Ethical Companies"

Looking to the Future

Sony continuously assess its risks and the program as Sony promotes and improves its culture of integrity to help ensure ethical conduct by all Sony personnel. Senior management will continue to allocate necessary resources to achieve Sony’s goal of ethical conduct and compliance with laws and regulations.

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