(Updated on August 3, 2012)
Held after hours and completely voluntary, the CSR Forum provides Sony employees in Japan with the opportunity to increase their knowledge of CSR. This event features lectures by invited experts, film screenings and other activities, and addresses a variety of themes, including emergency relief, the environment, human rights, poverty, international understanding, employment opportunities for the disabled, work?life balance and diversity, base-of-the-pyramid (BOP) businesses and social innovation. The CSR Forum is held at Sony's headquarters in Tokyo. Employees of Group companies are able to view the proceedings via streamed video or on DVD. As of the end of 2011, the CSR Forum had been held 24 times, with cumulative participation exceeding 19,000 individuals. Donation boxes for charities related to the featured topics are set up on-site, thus enabling participants to immediately transform ideas into action.