Updated on August 29, 2019
Some minerals that are used in Sony products carry human rights and environmental risks in the extraction process.
Sony has pledged its strong commitment to ethical business conduct and respect for human rights in the Sony Group Code of Conduct, which sets forth such core values and establishes basic policies including the prohibitions of using any form of forced labor, and specifically, child labor. Sony also expects all of its electronics manufacturing sites and suppliers to adhere to the same standards, and established the Sony Supply Chain Code of Conduct. All the suppliers are requested to fully comprehend and comply with the Code in supplier contracts. In addition, in October 2017, Sony established the Sony Group Policy for Responsible Supply Chain of Minerals.
In the policy, Sony pledges that, in order to avoid contributing to conflicts or serious human rights abuses through its sourcing practices, Sony identifies certain minerals that are sourced in conflict affected and high-risk areas and that are high-risk for Sony from the corporate social responsibility viewpoint (“High-Risk Minerals”). Sony’s policy is to refrain from knowingly purchasing any products, components or materials that contain the High-Risk Minerals that contribute to conflicts or serious human rights abuses in the chain of custody. Sony currently identifies tantalum, tin, gold, tungsten and cobalt as High-Risk Minerals.
To help ensure compliance with its policy, Sony requires its suppliers to source minerals from smelters that have been determined not to be contributing to conflicts or serious human rights abuses.
Sony has designed an internal due diligence framework to determine the country of origin and chain of custody for any high-risk minerals in its supply chain. This due diligence framework is designed to conform, in all material respects, with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
Sony proactively collaborates with industry groups and engages in multi-stakeholder processes. As a member of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) launched by the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), Sony supports RMI’s efforts to assess the environmental and social impacts of the extraction and processing of raw materials and mitigate these impacts,