Updated on August 23, 2017
The philosophy of "For the Next Generation" goes all the way back to the vision of Sony co-founder Masaru Ibuka, and it still guides Sony's community engagement everywhere we do business. Sony makes the most of the products, technologies, services, and innovations of the Sony Group, as well as the strengths of Sony Group employees and its partnerships with stakeholders, to engage with communities. Sony's efforts focus on the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 4, "Quality education," 5, "Gender equality," 9, "Industry, innovation and infrastructure," and 17, "Partnerships for the goals." Sony is helping to address diverse global issues in many ways: using the power of entertainment, employing technology to solve social issues, supporting education in fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in various countries and regions with the Sony Science Program, and providing emergency relief and assistance in large-scale disasters.
Sony's global projects are spearheaded by its headquarters in Tokyo. In addition, Sony Group companies worldwide, along with five foundations and two museums, are involved in initiatives tailored to local needs. All of these efforts are guided by the Sony Group's community engagement policy, and often include cooperation with international organizations including NGOs. Employees are also encouraged to play an active role in their communities by participating in volunteer and fundraising, and other programs.