Updated on August 29, 2019

Business and Geographies

Cross-Business Collaboration

The Sony Group is engaged in a broad range of businesses, and its diverse employees collaborate across them to take on new challenges in development of products, services and content, and marketing. In fiscal 2018, the Sony Group transferred a total of 1,500 employees to other Sony Group companies to enable them to branch out in their careers and build cross-business connections, and this is creating new opportunities for collaboration around the Group.

Movie Business Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., in cooperation with the R&D Center of Sony Corporation, opened Innovation Studios at its headquarters in Culver City, California. In additional to conventional film production, the studio creates content for virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR). The studio aims to use technology to bring creativity to filmmaking, such as film sets that can be digitally scanned and reproduced in virtual reality.
China Every year in April, the Sony Group in China organizes Sony Expo to showcase products and technologies in fields including electronics, images, movies, television, music, games, comics/animation, and education.

Employees Activities Across Regions

As of March 31, 2019, approximately 1,200 employees were posted to other Sony Group companies worldwide as part of Sony's global deployment of personnel, to transfer technology and knowledge, and launch new businesses. This includes some 140 employees dispatched from group companies outside of Japan, working in various businesses around the world. The Sony Group operates job transfer policies to efficiently facilitate international transfers. The policies are routinely updated with input from experts in human resources worldwide to support different types of international assignments.

To better support employees of all nationalities and languages, Sony Group companies in Japan follow up on employees after hiring and assist employees in their networking and career development. To facilitate English communication among employees from around the world, intranet content and systems for personnel and accounting are offered in both English and Japanese. Furthermore, in collaboration with the project members of DIVI@Sony (Diversity Initiative for Value Innovation at Sony), Sony Group companies in Japan have conducted surveys and interviews with non-Japanese employees, their managers and colleagues. Using these results, those companies have identified issues they face and are working on devising and implementing necessary measures. In fiscal 2018, Sony conducted career development seminars and panel discussions for non-Japanese employees and organized an interview with a non-Japanese executive as an example of a role model. These initiatives are part of the Sony Group’s efforts to assist the career development of non-Japanese employees by providing opportunities for employees to explore their career paths and learn from others. In addition to assisting non-Japanese employees, Sony plans to conduct workshops and training for managers of non-Japanese employees, to facilitate communication with staff who have diverse values and career attitudes.

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