August 04, 2004
In light of the importance of its corporate social responsibilities (CSR) to the society, Sony has taken steps to implement a number of specific measures designed to ensure it can fulfill those responsibilities. These include the establishment of a capability for supervising group member compliance with corporate governance practices, taking steps to raise environmental efficiency and strengthening the system of environmental management. These and other measures are covered in detail in the newly issued CSR Report 2004.
Sony launched the CSR Report covering the full spectrum of its activities relating to corporate social responsibility in 2003. CSR Report 2004 has placed emphasis on reporting on CSR activities with a global perspective and presenting information in a way that reflects the sheer diversity of the Corporation's activities. In the area of stakeholder communication, for example, the 2004 edition reports on the ongoing dialogue between opinion leader and Sony top management, and provides detailed information, including quantitative data, concerning the corporate quality control system and relevant social issues. The content of CSR Report 2004 is also coordinated with that of the Corporation's annual report in order to enhance a complementary relationship betwee the two.
The Sony CSR reports serve as an important vehicle for introducing the full spectrum of corporate philosophy and activities to a global audience.
(For comprehensive information on Sony's social and environmental activities.)
Provided below is a summary of Sony environmental activities for Fiscal 2003 included in the CSR Report 2004.
(1) Eco-Efficiency in Fiscal 2003
Eco-Efficiency Targets Included in Sony Mid-Term Environmental Targets (Green Management 2005)
[Improve eco-efficiency for greenhouse gases, and resource input and output indices by 1.5 times by the end of fiscal 2005 and double that by the end of fiscal 2010.]
(2) Energy Conservation Efforts
(3) Strengthening the Environmental Management Structure
Sony has also established a system of verification in which a single external certification organization conducts an external audit of the environmental management system. The audit includes verification of levels of greenhouse gas emissions and the accuracy of data included in the annual CSR Report outlining environmental performance.
Sony intends to gradually change over from the current system of independently acquired ISO14001 certification to a system of group ISO14001 certification by using the network of HQ and regional environmental offices, which has recently acquired certification for environmental governance. The target is group ISO14001 certification for all Sony Group sites worldwide by the end of March 2006. Total number of sites targeted for group certification: 373
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