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Management Approach

Materiality Rationale

Since its establishment, Sony has sought to remain at the forefront of technological development, building continuously on its achievements to suggest new lifestyle options for people everywhere. In these efforts, Sony recognizes its employees to be its most important resource. Sony understands how critical it is to leverage the unique traits of each employee, build a pleasant working environment, and provide opportunities for employees to improve and make the most of their skills and capabilities.

Basic Approach

Sony strives to build an environment in which employees accept each person's differences irrespective of nationality, culture, race, gender, or the presence or absence of physical limitations. Sony employees see such differences as a matter of "individual character," and the process of interaction among individuals leads to the creation of entirely new value. This all falls under the concept of diversity and inclusion, which Sony regards as critical to its success. While working to recruit and train employees from diverse backgrounds and promoting them to important positions, Sony works hard to build safe and healthy workplaces that give due consideration to the lifestyles and life stages of the people who work there.


Sony has established the Diversity Committee, which reports directly to the CEO, to ensure that diversity and inclusion are addressed as high-priority issues. The Committee is implementing related policies. Regarding recruiting and training employees and securing the promotion of diverse persons to important positions, a group-wide approach has been adopted that brings all divisions involved in human resource matters together to work as one. Based on the OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standards, and guided by its own Global Policy on OH&S, Sony has also established a proprietary OH&S management system for each of its sites around the world.

Main Achievements in Fiscal 2015

Here are the main results of fiscal 2015 initiatives:
  • Sony introduced new HR policies.
  • Sony expanded the range of employees eligible to work from home to promote diverse and efficient work styles that help employees tap into their creativity.
  • Sony launched two new career development programs-an "in-house free agent" system and Career Plus.
  • Sony adopted an Action Plan for Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace, and conducted female leadership cultivation programs.
  • Sony established Field-Specific Technology Strategy Committees.
  • Sony launched a new Distinguished Engineer system.
  • Sony’s training and study programs: About 300
  • Employees who used Sony's internal job posting program: 7,000* *cumulative total
  • Zero work-related fatalities (for all sites around the world)

Looking to the Future

Sony will be working to promote diversity and inclusion, devoting especially close attention to the recruitment and education of key personnel and their promotion to important positions. In addition to building a pleasant working environment through the ongoing implementation of safety and health improvement activities, Sony will also work to provide opportunities for employees to improve and make the most of their character, skills and capabilities.
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