Updated on August 29, 2018
Sony's organizational structure for CSR implementation is spearheaded by the CSR Section at Sony Corporation headquarters, which is overseen by the executive officer in charge of CSR. The CSR Section plans and sets objectives for CSR-related initiatives, makes these initiatives known throughout the Sony Group, monitors the progress of activities, and provides relevant information to the public via various reports including the Sustainability Report. In addition to disclosure, the CSR section promotes dialogue with stakeholders, reports on various external inputs to the executive officer in charge of CSR, and ensures that these inputs are fed back to the management team and relevant headquarters departments (including those in charge of legal affairs and compliance, the environment, product quality, procurement, investor relations, Employees, and marketing). Accordingly, Sony addresses CSR from a Group-wide perspective and incorporates issues into management action as necessary. The CSR Section and other relevant headquarters departments then implement CSR activities throughout the Group by ensuring Sony's policies and initiatives are conveyed to group companies around the world.
Sony recognizes that effective implementation of CSR requires keen employee awareness and offers a variety of educational programs.
Sony and some of its group companies offer e-learning training programs for all employees focused on instilling know-how and introducing Sony's CSR program as well as enhancing general understanding of CSR.
Sony publishes a monthly newsletter to help Sony Group employees better understand social responsibility. It details Sony's principal CSR initiatives and reports on related awards received from third parties and CSR trends.
The Sustainability Forum provides Sony Group employees in Japan with the opportunity to increase their knowledge of CSR. This event features lectures by invited experts, film screenings, workshops where employees can develop new ideas, and other activities, and addresses a variety of themes, including emergency relief, the environment, human rights, poverty, international understanding, employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, work-life balance, diversity, social innovation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Employees of Sony Group companies are able to view the proceedings via streamed video or other media, substantially boosting participation in the event.