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Employee volunteer promotion program: "SOMEONE NEEDS YOU"

(Updated on August 12, 2014)
Sony has a global in-house volunteer program known as SOMEONE NEEDS YOU (the name developed using the letters S, O, N and Y), the aim of which is to encourage employee involvement in efforts to help local communities. Under this program, Sony Group companies create volunteer programs tailored to local needs and encourage continued employee participation in the community. In fiscal year 2013, a total of 70,000 Sony Group employees* participated in volunteer initiatives.

Cumulative participants in fundraising initiatives, blood drives and other activities.

Leave for volunteer purposes

(Updated on August 12, 2014)
To support employee participation in volunteer activity initiatives, Sony Corporation has an employee volunteer support system, making it easier for employees to participate in volunteer activities by allowing them to use accumulated holidays for initiatives requiring extended leaves of absence.

Matching gift programs, fundraising initiatives

(Updated on August 12, 2014)
Many Sony Group companies have "matching gift programs," whereby Sony matches charitable donations made by employees up to established limits to encourage employees' fundraising efforts.

Organizations recognized by Sony Group companies in Japan as being valid donation recipients include legal entities for social interest authorized by Japan's Ministry of Finance, foundations, aggregate corporations, authorized NGOs and social welfare corporations.

In addition to the matching gift programs, Sony has implemented several methods for donation to make it easier for employees to participate in efforts to raise funds for emergency humanitarian assistance. Donation by bank transfer became available with the cooperation of Sony Group financial services company, Sony Bank Inc. Also, donation by a prepaid electronic money service incorporating FeliCa™ is also possible.

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