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Updated on September 7, 2016

Promoting Greater Opportunities for Women

In the electronics business, which accounts for a large proportion of engineers, the percentage of male employees is comparatively high, reflecting the generally low percentage of female students majoring in engineering and sciences in Japan. Hence, it is not easy to recruit a similar or greater number of women for engineering roles, and that is the case for Sony Corporation, as well.

For this reason, Sony believes that it is significant to be proactive in the recruitment and career development of female employees, and undertakes a variety of programs in line with this thinking. To impart leadership skills and a leader's mindset, and to support networking, Sony conducts female leadership cultivation programs, and supports career growth.

The Sony Group in Japan has set a target percentage of female employees in management positions of 10%, and Sony Corporation of 15%, by 2020.

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Sony carries out "disclosure of information" and "disclosure of action plans" in accordance with the provisions of the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace, using the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's "Database of Corporate Performance in the Area of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace."

In fiscal 2015, the DIVI@Sony*2 diversity project held town hall meetings focusing on a wide variety of themes to communicate the views of top management regarding diversity directly to female employees. Through training programs aimed at fostering female managers and the holding of roundtable discussions and seminars related to the development of women's careers, Sony continues to motivate women and facilitates the expansion of interpersonal networks among employees. In addition, workshops and seminars for department managers and section chiefs were held to help employees better understand diversity and inclusion (D&I), and to provide them with tips to support female employees' career development. The ultimate objective is to change attitudes regarding the hiring and promotion of women.

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DIVI is an acronym for Diversity Initiative for Value Innovation. The DIVI@Sony project is designed to promote employment diversity in the Sony Group in Japan.

Ratio of Female Employees in Management Positions in the Sony Group (Japan)*3*4
FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15
Ratio of female employees (%) 19.5 20.0 20.0 18.6 18.6 21.3
Ratio of female employees in management positions (%) 3.6 3.9 4.2 5.7 4.8 6.5

Ratio of Female Employees in Management Positions in the Sony Group (USA)
FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15
Ratio of female employees (%) 32.6 38.7 36.4 37.8 36.1 37.5
Ratio of female employees in management positions (%) 33.8 36.1 32.7 33.3 31.3 33.0

Ratio of Female Employees in Management Positions in the Sony Group (China)*5
FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15
Ratio of female employees (%) 64.8 63.9 59.2 55.5 44.6 43.8
Ratio of female employees in management positions (%) 25.2 29.1 22.5 26.2 32.7 31.6

Ratio of Female Employees in Management Positions in the Sony Group (Asia Pacific)*6
FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15
Ratio of female employees (%) 49.2 48.2 46.5 42.5 46.2 43.8
Ratio of female employees in management positions (%) 18.7 20.5 20.6 26.4 31.1 33.7

Ratio of Female Employees in Management Positions in the Sony Group (Europe)
FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15
Ratio of female employees (%) 34.6 38.0 33.3 34.3 36.0 34.5
Ratio of female employees in management positions (%) 20.5 16.8 23.2 26.6 25.9 33.6

Ratio of Female Employees in Management Positions in the Sony Group (Other Areas)*7
FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15
Ratio of female employees (%) 37.4 38.1 41.4
Ratio of female employees in management positions (%) 24.7 30.0 28.1

*3
Totals are based on data provided by Sony Group companies as of the end of each fiscal year. The definition of "manager" varies in different countries, regions and companies.
*4
Ratio of female employees in management positions at Sony Corporation: 5.7%
*5
Coverage area: Mainland China and Hong Kong
*6
Coverage area: Southeast Asia, Oceania, India, South Korea and Taiwan
*7
Coverage area: Middle East, South and Central America, Africa and Canada

Key Activities to Promote Women's Career Development at Sony Group
Electronics (Japan)
Sony runs a regular networking event for young female employees across several Sony Group companies. This event has the objective of broadening the career design perspective of female employees, with participants hearing the views of women who are currently working at management level, and taking part in follow-up discussions and the sharing of problems faced by employees. These activities are contributing to the expansion of women's career choices.
Sony Group
(United States)
Each Sony Group company in the United States is supporting programs and organizations involved in grooming female leaders, including Women Unlimited, Inc. To support female leaders within their own management, the companies have set up networking organizations for female employees of the Group in the United States.
Electronics
(Asia)
Each Sony Group company throughout Asia has adopted a system for maternity and childcare leave to allow for full and flexible work schedules, thereby providing a convenient working environment for female employees with children. Also, some of the Group's production facilities have set up women-only production lines and taken other such measures to provide women with more opportunities for workplace advancement.
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