Sony Electronics believes diversity drives it's success as a global company. The diverse workforce allows it to innovate and create products and services that reflect consumers around the world. By fostering a wider range of ideas and viewpoints, the company members are able to work together to build the best company possible.
To achieve this vision, Sony Electronics aims to:
With a vast array of content across all genres and platforms consumed by hundreds of millions of people around the world, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of Sony Pictures' business. Through the Spectrum program, which seeks to applaud individual talent, celebrate differences and value contributions from a diverse workforce, Sony Pictures offers a variety of programs and resources for current and aspiring employees.
One of Sony Pictures' signature Spectrum programs is Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRG), which are formed by employees who share a commonality or interest. EBRGs are designed to foster professional development through networking and outreach opportunities. EBRGs may host speaker series, career development seminars, panel discussions, outreach, volunteer activities and social/cultural events open to all employees.
As the gay rights community celebrates two major victories regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's recent same-sex marriage rulings, artists and employees alike are uniting across the Sony Music family to show their support. Sony Music Out Loud, an employee affinity group that encourages everyone, regardless of orientation, to be informed and get involved, has particularly been instrumental in providing platforms for conversation - from professional mixers to Lunch & Learn Sessions - and has even recruited long-time Sony Music artist Cyndi Lauper to the cause.
For one such event, Sony Music Out Loud colleagues helped organize a fundraiser for Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund. Highlighting her organization's Give A Damn Campaign, Lauper addressed the homelessness epidemic in the LGBT youth community before launching into an a capella rendition of her hit song "True Colors." As a founding member of Sony Music Out Loud, Wade Leak (SME's Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel) remarked: "I am very pleased with our group's contribution to the True Colors Fund and so proud of our role in organizing this event. We are all very lucky that Cyndi Lauper has chosen to put her celebrity behind such an important cause."
Continuing her fight for LGBT equality, this spring Lauper joined forces with Sony Masterworks to release the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Kinky Boots, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard's Top Broadway Albums Chart and at #51 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart. As the sole composer and lyricist for Kinky Boots The Musical - a heartwarming true story about a struggling shoemaker and his drag queen business partner - Lauper won this year's coveted Tony award for Best Original Score. In addition to Lauper's personal success, Kinky Boots was the standout show of the evening with honors including Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical. While accepting her award, Lauper stated, "Diversity and acceptance have always made the city thrive, and that's what makes Kinky Boots thrive, and that's what it's about - diversity and acceptance, and that's something worth rolling your sleeves up and toiling for, no matter how many years."
Sony has many operations in the rapidly growing Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region which is undergoing many economic and generational shifts. Amidst many new challenges in attracting and retaining talent, Sony remains committed to sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce in the AMEA region to promote greater employee engagement and drive innovation and creativity within the company.
A range of Diversity and Inclusion programs were initiated to achieve this vision and to better reflect the communities in which Sony operates. Some of the key pillars of these programs involve promoting and improving gender equality in the region, through the removal of barriers to full and equal participation of women at all levels of the company. Sony also seeks the elimination of discrimination on the basis of age or family responsibilities, and results have manifested in the form of flexible work policies, parental leave policies and more. Apart from training courses open to all employees, leadership and development programs within the company are also available to high caliber performers regardless of their gender or age.
Believing in Women Empowerment at work, Sony has developed a host of special initiatives for women working in Sony's offices in India. A regular activity titled "Town Hall for Women" was started to provide opportunities for all female employees to openly share their thoughts, concerns and suggestions about empowering women at work, in a safe and comfortable environment. The discussions have since resulted in initiatives like ensuring female employees get off work in time to reach home before sunset, and preventive health check camps. Sony has also launched a special helpdesk in India called "Anytime at Your Service", to help working women balance their personal and professional lives with ease and efficiency. In collaboration with an external provider, the helpdesk provides a gamut of essential services like groceries and medicine shopping, banking assistance, flower and cake deliveries, legal aid, leisure activities and more.
Sony's "Fresh Minds" program was actualized to groom high-potential graduates from the Asia-Pacific region into Sony's future leaders, with Singapore as a starting point.
These graduates will be equipped with the following attributes:
Sony continues to strive towards enhancing existing Diversity and Inclusion programs across AMEA, developing new initiatives in line with changes in operating environments within the region, and engaging with employees on a deeper level regarding such matters that are relevant to them.