• Sony is an international leader in electronics and the world’s top consumer electronics firm.
• Sony's corporate ethics regarding its supply chain and the environment reveal a disturbing failure to make progressive changes.
• Sony settled with the FTC over secret anti-piracy software that poses risks to users' computers, and was part of a settlement over colluding with stores to keep up the price of CDs.
• Sony recalled 7 million laptop batteries that are at risk of bursting into flames.
• Use Go Green to find ethical green technology solutions and take action with the Electronics TakeBack Coalition.
-- Profile Updated 10/13/2010
About Sony Corp.
Sony, one of the world’s top consumer electronics firm, makes a wide variety of goods. Products include home video game systems, semiconductors, DVD players, batteries, cameras, MiniDisc and Walkman stereo systems, computer monitors, VCRs, stereos, and flat-screen TVs. The company reported sales of $70.5 billion in fiscal 2007 and employed 158,000 individuals.
Electronics TakeBack Coalition
The Electronics TakeBack Coalition, formerly the Computer TakeBack Campaign, aims to protect the health and well being of electronics users, workers, and the communities where electronics are produced and discarded by requiring consumer electronics manufacturers and brand owners to take full responsibility for the life cycle of their products, through effective public policy requirements or enforceable agreements.
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Foxconn, an embattled electonics factory in Taiwan, faced more accusations of serious labor violations in a 90 page report issued by Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) and students and professor's at top Chinese universities. The report found that Foxconn, who manufactures electronics including cellphones and iPads for companies like Apple, HP, and Sony, hires interns instead of full-time workers to save money, doesn't pay legally madated insurance for its employees, and excessive work hours which are causing the factories employees to become extremely stressed out. Foxconn has had a long history of being accused of labor violations, yet the company denies any wrong doing.
-- 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance, 10/11/2010
Ethics and Governance
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued Sony over secret anti-piracy softward installed on Sony CDs. The software, known as a 'rootkit,' limited the use of the CDs and posed a security risk to consumers' computers. The FTC stated that Sony must "adequately disclose unexpected limitations on the customary use of their products so consumers can make informed decisions regarding whether to purchase and install that content." As part of the proposed settlement, Sony recalled millions of CDs, paid $5.75 million to 41 states, and agreed to reimburse consumers whose computers were damaged when they tried to remove the rootkit software.
-- c|net news, 01/30/2007
Sony has admitted to creating a phony film critic and inventing quotations from that critic, in order to provide positive reviews for Sony films. The company has also admitted that so-called moviegoers praising Sony films in promotion ads were actually employees of the company. Sony eventually agreed to pay $1.5 million in movie ticket refunds.
-- BBC News, 08/03/2005
In 2001, several states filed lawsuits against the EMI Group, Bertelsmann's BMG unit, AOL Time Warner's Warner Music, the Sony Corporation and Vivendi Universal's Universal Music Group. The investigation focused on a policy called "minimum advertised pricing," under which the record labels subsidized advertising for retailers that agreed not to sell CD's below a minimum price set by the labels. In December 2003, a settlement was reached in which $47.4 million was paid in consumer refunds. Around three million US consumers who bought music between 1995 and 2000 have received $13.86 as part of the settlement.
-- Associated Press, 03/29/2004
Source URL: www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,115443,00.html
In August 2001 the Japanese Fair Trade Commission (FTC) accused Sony of pressuring retailers to sell software for its PlayStation video games at fixed prices and through specific retail channels, thereby violating fair trade laws. The FTC demanded that the company immediately stop the practices, which Sony accepted, stating "We respect the FTC's stance and will make sure that our policy of not setting resale conditions on wholesalers for PlayStation hardware and software is observed."
-- c|net news, 08/01/2001
Source URL: news.com.com
British newspaper, Mail on Sunday, criticized Foxconn Electronics for violating international labor standards and industry codes of conduct. Foxconn Electronics supplies $20.7 billion worth of products annually to Sony, Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Intel, as well as other top name brands. According to the Mail, labor rights violations include the following:
- Wages below the legal minimum, with workers reportedly earning $50 a month
- Routine work shifts of 15 hours
- Poor and unsafe working conditions
- Inadequate dormitories
China Labor Bulletin research director Robin Munro stated, "They're not sharing proportionally in the benefits and profits in this huge globalization effort…. The only reason [workers] can survive in these cities is because all they do is work." Foxconn claims that there are huge discrepancies between the truth and allegations cited in the report.
-- BBC News, 08/18/2006
Source URL: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/5262110.stm
Sony operates maquiladoras, foreign-owned assembly plants in Mexico where companies import machinery and materials duty-free. There maquiladoras have been criticized by labor rights groups and accused of using sweatshop labor. Sony employs more than 7,500 people at its Tijuana and Mexicali plants.
-- San Diego Metropolitan, 12/01/2004
Source URL: www.sandiegometro.com/2004/dec/coverstory2.php
In a 2001 report, Human Rights Watch analyzed 23 complaints filed since NAFTA was enacted in 1994. Sony was named as a violator of workers' rights in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
-- Human Rights Watch, 04/16/2001
Sony was the most improved company in the September 2007 edition of Greenpeace International’s “Guide to Greener Electronics.” The Washington, DC-based nonprofit releases a quarterly ranking of 14 of the leading consumer and mobile technology companies based on criteria relating to recycling, phase out of toxic chemicals and corporate responsibility issues. Sony scored points for improving its take back campaign and introducing new products to the market devoid of the "worst" toxic chemicals. Sony's score jumped from four in June to seven in September.
-- Greenpeace International, 09/19/2007
Basel Action Network’s (BAN) report entitled “The Digital Dump: Exporting Re-use and Abuse to Africa,” examines the current downside to the information technology growth in the industrialized world, focusing on the environmental ramifications in Lagos, Nigeria. The study demonstrates how Nigeria, representative of developing nations, has disproportionately carried the burden of toxic cyber waste. The formal and informal dumps have leached dangerous toxins, such as dioxins, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and heavy metals, into the air and groundwater. Sony products were among those found “washed up” on the West African import market.
-- Basel Action Network, 10/24/2005
On the 2005 Computer Report Card, published jointly by the Computer TakeBack Campaign and the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Sony received a score of 18 for their policies regarding electronics take back, disposal procedures and the materials used in their computers. Sony’s score placed it behind HP and Dell, tied with IBM and ahead of Apple, Gateway and Acer.
-- Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, 03/07/2005
Health and Safety
Dell agreed to recall and replace 4.1 million of its laptop computer batteries made by Sony due to a glitch that can cause the batteries to burst into flames. The faulty Sony batteries were installed in notebooks that were shipped between April 1, 2004, and July 18, 2006. Sony spokesman Rick Clancy said the companies carefully studied problems with the batteries for over a month, following reports of fires or smoking laptops in the United States.
-- Associated Press, 08/15/2006
Source URL: www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2006/08/15/1794345.htm
Toshiba is recalling 830,000 laptop computer batteries manufactured by Sony. The models affected include its Dynabook, Qosmio, Satellite Portege, and Tecra laptop. Although Toshiba has not received any consumer complaints of computers catching on fire, the electronics giant is recalling its products on Sony’s advice. Over 7 million Sony laptop batteries have been recalled since July 2006.
-- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 03/25/2004