Since its establishment, Sony has sought to remain at the forefront of technological development, building continuously on its achievements to deliver new value for people everywhere. In these efforts, Sony recognizes the people who work at Sony to be its most important resource. Employees are important stakeholders in Sony's diversified, global business and are the key to its efforts to generate sustainable social value and a high level of profit. Sony is committed to increasing employee engagement by leveraging the diversity and ambitions of its people and maximizing their talents. Sony seeks to sustainably elevate its talent and organizational capabilities in order to raise its overall business performance.
Sony considers employees to be among its most important stakeholders and views them not as a group, but as individuals. Sony values employee engagement as the key to unleashing the full potential of individual employees with their own strong motivation, autonomy and desire to grow. Sony's Founding Prospectus, written in 1946 by co-founder Masaru Ibuka, states that Sony should "establish an ideal factory that stresses a spirit of freedom and open-mindedness, where engineers with sincere motivation can exercise their technological skills to the highest level," and it should "place emphasis on a person's ability, performance and character," so that "each individual can fully exercise their abilities and skills." This approach has been passed down unchanged to the present day. The partnership of choice between Sony and each individual employee is defined as one where each party is accountable for being responsive to the needs of the other. Sony believes that the growth of the individual will lead to growth of the organization and, in turn, the growth of Sony. Its sustainable growth brings opportunities for employees to take on new challenges and grow. The diversity of Sony's businesses and people is one of its strengths and a driver for creating value. For Sony to sustainably create value by striving for diverse businesses and taking on unique employees, it is essential that employees are fully aware of and resonate with Sony's Purpose & Values. Sony has defined "What we offer our people" and "People we look for" to be shared across the Group to illustrate the kinds of people Sony wants.
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Sony seeks to maximize the talents of each employee and to foster innovation. Sony respects and fosters an inclusive acceptance of diversity in its many forms including race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, beliefs, disability, gender, age, birthplace, sexual orientation, values, and workstyles. Sony's vision of diversity and inclusion seeks to build an organizational culture that respects diversity and helps create value for customers. Sony's HR strategic framework has three components: "Attract" (talent acquisition) , "Develop" (learning and development) , and "Engage" (employee engagement) . Under the framework, Sony pursues a broad range of activities, building on a commitment to offering working conditions that contribute to the health and safety of employees.
Senior management meet to discuss and decide upon important matters relating to employees at the Sony Group and guide the HR strategies implemented by Sony Group companies. Sony shares a common HR strategic framework across the group. However, each business is responsible for the independent development and implementation of its own detailed strategies.
Sony has established the Diversity Committee, which reports directly to the CEO, to ensure that diversity & inclusion is addressed as a high-priority issue. Sony also operates reporting hotlines and other avenues for employees to get consultation on a broad range of issues including human rights, work-life balance, parenting, nursing care, and LGBT concerns.
When it comes to occupational health and safety (OHS) , Sony has migrated its site-based management systems worldwide, which were based on OHSAS18001, to the Sony Occupational Health and Safety Management System, which is based on ISO 45001,*1 thereby strengthening and facilitating its OHS activities.
Here are the main results of fiscal 2019 initiatives:
With a focus on diversity, talent development, and engagement, Sony will continue to offer working conditions that contribute to the health and safety of employees — all part of its efforts to generate sustainable social value and a high level of profit. Sony will provide opportunities for employees to improve and make the most of their character, skills and capabilities.