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Sony is committed to pursuing sustainable business practices while working to realize a better future for society. Sony also undertakes community engagement activities in fields where it is best able to do so to help address the needs of the communities.
In fiscal year 2013, the Sony Group spent approximately 3.5 billion yen on community engagement initiatives. These initiatives focused on education, particularly science education. Expenses for programs undertaken by Sony—which leverage Sony's particular strengths—accounted for 63% of this expenditure. Taking into account issues of concern to external stakeholders, Sony undertakes a broad range of programs that aim to address social and environmental issues that represent risks or opportunities for Sony. Introduction to Sony's Community Engagement Programs (Project List)
Sony Science Program

One example is the Sony Science Program,* through which Sony has provided support for science education for children—one of its core community engagement initiatives—for more than five decades. Below is an introduction to the program. Contact with science and technology encourages children to develop curiosity toward science. Guided by the philosophy of its co-founder, Sony acts on the belief that providing such opportunities will contribute to the betterment of society. Through the management of interactive science museums and by holding workshops, Sony keeps providing educational opportunities for children.

Up to the end of fiscal year 2013, Sony expanded its workshop program to 12 countries around the world. The workshops focused on learning about scientific principles and technology, and included creative activities and experiments utilizing Sony products and services. In 2013, some 5,500 children took part in these workshops. In addition, a total of 450 Sony employees acted as volunteer teachers at these workshops.

* The Sony Science Program name has been used since 2009.

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