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Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines G4 and its Content Index

Sony's CSR reporting referes to international standards and guidelines related to CSR activity reporting.
Sony has participated to GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines' planning and revision's multi-stakeholder processes.
Below GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines Content Index includes related information available on Sony websites.
Indicators Related Website
Stragety and Analysis
G4-1 Statement from the most senior decisionmaker of the organization (such as CEO, chair, or equivalent senior position) about the relevance of sustainability to the organization and the organization's strategy for addressing sustainability. Management Message
Form 20-F Item3
G4-2 Description of key impacts, risks, and opportunities.
Organizational Profile
G4-3 Name of the organization. Form 20-F Item4
Risk Management System Framework
Crisis Management System Framework
Sony's Approach to Supplier Relations
G4-4 Primary brands, products, and services.
G4-5 Location of organization's headquarters.
G4-6 Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries where either the organization has significant operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability topics covered in the report.
G4-7 Nature of ownership and legal form.
G4-8 Markets served (including geographic breakdown, sectors served, and types of customers and beneficiaries).
G4-9 Scale of the organization, including
  • Total number of employees
  • Total number of operations
  • Net sales(for private sector organizations) or net revenues(for public sector organizations)
  • Total capitalization broken down in terms of debt and equity (for private sector organizations)
  • Quantity of products or services provided
Form 20-F Item 6
Employee Data
G4-10
  • Total number of employees by employment contact and gender.
  • Total number of permanent employees by employment type and gender.
  • Total workforce by employees and supervised workers and by gender
  • Total workforce by region and gender
  • Whether a substantial portion of the organization's work is performed by workers who are legally recognized as self-employed, or by individuals other than employees or supervised workers, including employees and supervised employees of contractors.
  • Any significant variations in employment numbers (such as seasonal variations in employment in the tourism or agricultural industries)
Form 20-F Item 6
Employee Data
G4-11 Percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements. Form 20-F
G4-12 Organization's supply chain Form 20-F
G4-13 Any significant changes during the reporting period regarding the organization's size structure, ownership, or its supply chain, including;
  • Changes in the location of, or changes in, operations, including facility openings, closings, and expansions
  • Changes in the share capital structure and other capital formation, maintenance, and alteration operations (for private sector organizations)
  • Changes in the location of suppliers, the structure of the supply chain, or in relationships with suppliers, including seclection and termination"
Form 20-F
G4-14 Whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization. Environment
G4-15 List externally developed economic, environmental and social charters, principles, or other initiatives ot which the organization subscribes or which it endorses Ethics and Compliance
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G4-16 List membership of associations (such as industry associations) and natural or international advocacy organization in which the organization;
  • Holds a position on the governance body
  • Participates in projects or committes
  • Provides substantive funding beyond routine membership dues
  • Views membership as strategic
Ethics and Compliance
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Quality and Services
Identified Material Aspects and Boundaries
G4-17
  1. List all entities inclued in the organization's consolidated financial statements or equivalent documents
  2. Whether any entity included in the organization's consolidated financial statements or equivalent documents is no covoerd by the report
Form 20-F
G4-18
  1. Process for defining the report content and the Aspects Boundaries.
  2. How the organization has implemented the Reporting Principles for Defining Report Content.
About CSR Reporting
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G4-19 List all the material Aspects identified in the process for defining report content CSR at Sony
G4-20 For each material Aspect, report the Aspect Boundary witin the organizations CSR at Sony
CSR Organizational Structure
Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership
G4-21 For each material Aspect, report the Aspect Boundary outside the organization CSR at Sony
CSR Organizational Structure
Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership
G4-22 Effect of any restatements of information provided in previous reports, and the reasons for such restatements. N/A
G4-23 Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the Scope and Aspect Boundaries Environmental Data
Stakeholder Engagement
G4-24 Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage. CSR at Sony
Human Resources
Quality and Services
G4-25 Data measurement techniques and the bases of calculations, including assumptions and techniques underlying estimations applied to the compilation of the Indicators and other information in the report.
G4-26 Organization's approach to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder groups, and an indication of whether any of the engagements was undertaken specifically as part of the report preparation process
G4-27 Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organization has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting. Report the stakeholder groups that raised each of the key topics and concerns
Report Profile
G4-28 Reporting period (such as fiscal or calendar year) for information provided. About CSR Reporting
G4-29 Date of most recent previous report (if any)
G4-30 Reporting cycle (such as annual, biennial).
G4-31 Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents CSR Contacts
G4-32
  1. 'In accordance' option the organization has chosen
  2. GRI Content Index for the chosen option
  3. Reference to the External Assuarance Report, if the report has been externally assured.
About CSR Reporting
G4-33
  1. Organization's policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report.
  2. If not included in the assurance report accompanying the sustainability report, report the scope and basis of any external assurance provided.
  3. Relation ship between the organization and the assurance provides
  4. Whether the highest governance body or senior executives are involved in seeking assurance for the organization's sustainability report.
Environmental Data
Governance
G4-34 Governance structure of the organization, including committees of the highest governance body. Identify anny committees responsible for decision-making on economic, environmetal and social impacts. Corporate Strategy, Business Strategy and Other Policies
Governance Framework
G4-35 Process for delegating authority for economic, environmental and social topics from the highest governance body to senior exectives and other employees. Corporate Governance
G4-36 Whether the organization has appointed an exective-level position or positions with responsibility for economic, environmental and social topics, and whether post holders report directly to the highest governance body Corporate Governance
G4-37 Processes for consultation between stakeholders and the highest governance body on economic, environmental and social topics. If oncultation is delegated, describe to whom and any feedback processes to the highest governance body. Corporate Governance
G4-38 Composition of the highest governance body and its committees Governance Framework
G4-39 Whether the Chair of the highest governance body is also an exective officer (and, if so, his or her function within the organization's management and the reasons for this arrangement). Governance Framework
G4-40 Nomination and selection processes for the highest governance body and its committees, and the criteria used for nominating and selecting highest governance body members Governance Framework
G4-41 Processes for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided and managed. Report whether conflicts of interrest are disclosed to stakeholders Evaluation of the Board and the Committees
G4-42 The highest governance body's and senior executives' roles in the development, approval, and updating of the organization's purpose, value of mission statements, strategies, policies, and goals related to economic, environmental and social impacts Corporate Governance
G4-43 Measures taken to develop and enhance the highest governance body's collective knowledge of economic, environmental and social topics Relationship with Shareholders and Other Stakeholders
G4-44
  1. Processes for evaluation of the highest governance body's performance with respect to governance of economic, environmental and socal topics. Whether such evaluation is independent or not, and its freqency. Whether such evaluation is a self-assessment.
  2. Actions taken in response to evaluation of the higest governance body's performance with respect to governance of economic, environmental and social topics, including, as a minimum, changes in membership and organizational practice
Evaluation of the Board and the Committees
G4-45
  1. The highest governance body's role in the identification and management of economic, environmental and social impacts, risk, and opportunities. Include the highest governance body's role in the implementation of due diligence processes.
  2. Whether stake holder consultation is used to support the highest governance body's identification and management of economic, environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities.
Corporate Governance
G4-46 The highest governance body's role in reviewing the effectiveness of the organization's risk management processes for economic, environmental and social topics. Corporate Governance
G4-47 Frequency of the highest governance body's review of economic, environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities Corporate Governance
G4-48 The highest committee or position that formally reviews and approves the organization's sustainability report and ensures that all material Aspects are covered. CSR at Sony
G4-49 Process for communicating critical concerns to the highest governance body. Corporate Governance
G4-50 Nature and total number of critical concerns that were communicated to the highest governance body and the mechanism(s) used to adddress and resolve them. N/D
G4-51
  1. Remuneration policies for the highest governance body and senior exectives
  2. How performance criteria in the remuneration policy relate to the highest governance body's and senior executives' economic, environmental and social objectives.
Form 20-F
G4-52 Process for determining remuneration. Whether remuneration consultants are involved in determining remuneration and whether they are independent of management. Any other relation ships which the remuneration consultants have with the organization. Form 20-F
G4-53 How stakeholders' views are sought and taken into account regaring remuneration, including the results of votes on remuneration policies and proposals, if applicable. Internal Control and Governance Framework
Relationship with Shareholders and Other Stakeholders
G4-54 Ratio of the annual total compensation for the oraganization's highest-paid individual in each country of significant operations to the median annual total compensation for all employees (excluding the highest-paid individual) in the same country. N/D
G4-55 Ratio of percentage increase in annual total compensation for the organization's highest-paid individual in each country of significant operations to the median percentage increase in annual total compensation for all employees (excluding the highest-paid individual) in the same country N/D
Ethics and Integrity
G4-56 Organization's values, principles, standards and norms of behavior such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics. Sony Group Code of Conduct
G4-57 Internal and External mechanisms for seeking advice on ethical and lawful behavior, and matters related to oraganizational integrity, such as helplines or advice lines. Reporting Ethical Concerns
Respect for Human Rights
G4-58 Internal and external mechanisms for reporting concerns aboutt unethical or unlawful behavior, and matters related to organizational integrity, such as escalation through line management, whistleblowing mechanisms or hotlines. Reporting Ethical Concerns
Respect for Human Rights



Disclosures on Management Approach
G4-DMA
  1. Why the Aspect is material. The impacts that make this Aspect material.
  2. How the organization manages the material Aspect or its impacts.
  3. The evaluation of the management approach including;
    • The mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach
    • The results of the evaluation of the management approach
    • Any related adjustments to the management approach"
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Economic
Economic Performance
G4-EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed Form 20-F
G4-EC2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organization's activities due to climate change Form 20-F
G4-EC3 Coverage of the organization's defined benefit plan obligations Form 20-F
G4-EC4 Financial assistance receive from government N/A
Market Presence
G4-EC5 Ratios of standard entry level wage by gender compared to local minimum wage at significant locations of operation Careers
G4-EC6 Proportion of senior management hired from the local community at significant locations of operation Recruitment
Employee Data
Indirect Economic Impacts
G4-EC7 Development and impact of infrastructure investments and services supported Contributing to the International Community through Business Activities
G4-EC8 Significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts Form 20-F
Procurement Practices
G4-EC9 Proportion of spending on local suppliers at significant locations of operation Procurement Activities



Environmental
Materials
G4-EN1 Materials used by weight or volume Conserving Resources
Overview of Sony's Environmental Impact
G4-EN2 Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials
Energy
G4-EN3 Energy consumption within the organization Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Overview of Sony's Environmental Impact
G4-EN4 Energy consumption outside of the organization Environmental Data
G4-EN5 Energy intensity Conserving Resources
Overview of Sony's Environmental Impact
G4-EN6 Reduction of energy consumption Environmental Data for Sites
G4-EN7 Reduction in energy requirements of products and services Environmental Data for Products
Water
G4-EN8 Total water withdrawal by source Reducing Water Consumption
G4-EN9 Water sources siginificantly affected by withdrawal of water N/A
G4-EN10 Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused Reducing Water Consumption
Biodiversity
G4-EN11 Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjaceent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas Guiding Principles for Biodiversity Conservation Initiatives and Case Examples
G4-EN12 Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas N/A
G4-EN13 Habitats protected or restored Guiding Principles for Biodiversity Conservation Initiatives and Case Examples
G4-EN14 Total number of IUCN red list species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations, by level of extinction risk N/A
Emissions
G4-EN15 Direct greenhous gas(GHG) emissions (SCOPE1) Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
G4-EN16 Energy indirect greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions(SCOPE2) Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
G4-EN17 Other indirect greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions(SCOPE3) Overview of Sony's Environmental Impact
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
G4-EN18 Greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions intensity Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Overview of Environmental Impact and Eco-Efficiency
G4-EN19 Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions Environmental Mid-Term Targets for Operations
Environmental Mid-Term Targets for Products and Services
Progress Toward Achieving Mid-Term Targets for Logistics
G4-EN20 Emissions of Ozone-depleting substances(ODS) Managing Chemical Substances
G4-EN21 NOx,SOx,and other significant air emissions Managing Chemical Substances
Environmental Data
Effluents and Waste
G4-EN22 Total water discharge by quality and destination Environmental Data
G4-EN23 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method Reducing Waste Generation
Environmental Data
G4-EN24 Total number and volume of significant spills Managing Chemical Substances
G4-EN25 Weight of transported, imported, exported, or treated waste deemed hazardous under the terms of the Basel convention annex I, II, III and VIII, and percentage of transported wasted shipped internationally N/A
G4-EN26 Identity, size, protected status and biodiversity value of water bodies and related habitats significantly affected by the organization's discharges of water and runoff N/A
Products and Services
G4-EN27 Extent of impact mitigation of environmental impacts of products and services Environmental Mid-Term Targets for Products and Services
G4-EN28 Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category Product Recycling Policy and Performance
Environmental Data
Compliance
G4-EN29 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations Managing Chemical Substances
Transport
G4-EN30 Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials for the organization's operations, and transporting members of the workforce Overview of Sony's Environmental Impact
Progress Toward Achieving Mid-Term Targets for Logistics
Overall
G4-EN31 Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type Environmental Cost
Supplier Environmental Assessment
G4-EN32 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using environmental criteria Responsible Supply Chain
G4-EN33 Significant actual and potential negative environmental impacts in the supply chain and actions taken N/D
Environmental Grievance Mechanisms
G4-EN34 Number of grievances about environmental impacts filed, addressed, and resolved through forrmal grievance mechanisms N/A



Social
Employment
G4-LA1 Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender and region Form 20-F
Employee Data
G4-LA2 Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees, by significant locations of operation N/D
G4-LA3 Return to work and retention rates after parental leave, by gender Diversity
SUB:Labor practices and decent work
Labor/Management Relations
G4-LA4 Minimum notice periods regarding operational changes, including whether these are specified in collective agreements N/D
Occpational Health and Safety
G4-LA5 Percentage of total workforce represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees that help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety programs Occupational Health & Safety
G4-LA6 Type of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and total number or work-related fatalities, by region and by gender Global Workplace Injury Statistics
G4-LA7 Workers with high incidence or high risk of diseases related to their occupation Occupational Health & Safety
G4-LA8 Health and safety topics coverd in formal agreements with trade unions Basic Policy and Management System
Training and Education
G4-LA9 Average hours of training per year per employee by gender, and by employee category Training Activities
G4-LA10 Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings Communication
G4-LA11 Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and by employee category Training & Talent Development
Diversity and Equal Opportunity
G4-LA12 Composition of Governance bodies and breakdown of employees per employee category according to gender, age group, minority group membership, and other indicators of diversity Employee Data
Diversity
Training & Talent Development
Equal Remuneration for Women and Men
G4-LA13 Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men by employee category, by significant locations of operation Form 20-F
Supplier Assesment for Labor Practices
G4-LA14 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using labor practices criteria Responsible Supply Chain
G4-LA15 Significant actual and poetntial negative impacts for labor practices in the supply chain and actions taken Addressing the Issue of Conflict Minerals
Labor Parctices Grievance Mechanisms
G4-LA16 Number of grievances about labor practices filed, addressed, and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms Reporting Ethical Concerns
SUB:Human rights
Investment
G4-HR1 Total number and percentage of significant investment agreements and contracts that include human rights clauses or that underwent human rights screening N/A
G4-HR2 Total hours of employee training on human rights policies or procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations, including the percentage of employees trained Respect for Human Rights
Non-discrimination
G4-HR3 Total number of incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken Reporting Ethical Concerns
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
G4-HR4 Operations and suppliers identified in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be violated or at significant risk, and measures taken to support these rights Supply Chain Management
Child Labor
G4-HR5 Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor, and measures taken to contribute to the effective abolition of child labor Supply Chain Management
Forced or Complusory Labor
G4-HR6 Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor, and measures to contribute to the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labor Supply Chain Management
Security Practices
G4-HR7 Percentage of security personnel trained in the organization's human rights policies or procedures that are relevant to operations N/A
Indigenous Rights
G4-HR8 Total number of incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous peoples and actions taken N/A
Assessment
G4-HR9 Total number and percentage of operations that have been subject to human rights reviews or impact assessments N/A
Supplier Human Rights Assessment
G4-HR10 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using human rights criteria Supply Chain Management
G4-HR11 Significant actual and potential negative human rights impacts in the supply chain and actions taken Supply Chain Management
Human Rights Grievance Mechanisms
G4-HR12 Number of Grievances about human rights impacts filed, addressed and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms Reporting Ethical Concerns
Sony's Approach to Supplier Relations
SUB:Society
Local Communities
G4-SO1 Percentage of operations with implemented local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs Contributing to the International Community through Business Activities
G4-SO2 Operations with siginificant actual and potential negative impacts on local communities Investor Relations
Anti-corruption
G4-SO3 Total number and percentage of operations assessed for risks related to corruption and the significant risks identified Ethics and Compliance
G4-SO4 Communication and training on anti-corruption policies and procedures Ethics and Compliance
G4-SO5 Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken N/A
Public Policy
G4-SO6 Total value of political contributions by country and recipient/beneficiary N/A
Anti-competitive behavior
G4-SO7 Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices and their outcomes N/A
Compliance
G4-SO8 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations N/A
Supplier Assessment for Impacts on Society
G4-SO9 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using criteria for impact on society Responsible Supply Chain
G4-SO10 Significant actual and potential negative impacts on society in the supply chain and actions taken N/A
Grievance Mechanisms for Impacts on Society
G4-SO11 Number of grievances about impacts on society on society filed, addressed, and resolved throught formal grievance mechanisms N/A
SUB:Product Responsibility
Customer Health and Safety
G4-PR1 Percentage of significant product and service categories for which health and saffety impacts are assessed for improvement Product Quality and Quality Management
G4-PR2 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services during their life cycle, by type of outcomes Product Quality and Quality Management
Product and Service Labeling
G4-PR3 Type of product and service information required by the organization's procedures for product and service information and labeling, and percentage of significant product and service categories subject to such information requirements Procurement Activities
G4-PR4 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning product and services information and labeling, by type of outcomes N/A
G4-PR5 Results of surveys measuring customer satisfaction Responsiveness and Customer Service
Marketing Communications
G4-PR6 Sale of banned or disputed products Important Notice
G4-PR7 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship, by type of outcomes N/A
Customer Privacy
G4-PR8 Total number of substantiated complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data Ethics and Compliance
Compliance
G4-PR9 Monetary value of significant fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of poducts and services N/A

N/ANo related activities or no significant issues to be reported
N/DNot disclosed
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