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Updated on August 23, 2017

Promoting Greater Opportunities for Women

Sony embraces diversity and the working contributions of women, who accounted for 29% of the workforce and held 24% of management positions at the Sony Group worldwide as of the end of fiscal 2016.

In Japan, Sony has set a target for women to hold 10% of management positions in the Sony Group and 15% of management positions at Sony Corporation, and pursues initiatives to actively hire, give active roles to, and promote women. For example, Sony operates a leadership program to develop leadership skills and attitudes among women and support their networking, by providing opportunities for career development and assisting the professional growth of women.

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Sony carries out "disclosure of information" and "disclosure of action plans" in accordance with the provisions of the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace, using the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's "Database of Corporate Performance in the Area of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace."

In fiscal 2016, Sony organized the Women Leaders Meeting as part of Diversity Week in Japan, bringing together women in management positions at the Sony Group and their superiors to discuss management strategies to achieve Sony's targets for women's participation by fiscal 2020. The participants gained career development tips and considered ways to develop younger members of their staff. Workshops and seminars for managers were also held to present strategies for developing women's careers. Sony works to encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace and change attitudes about promoting women into management.
Women Employed and Women in Management Positions*2*3
FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
Percentage of women in the workforce (%) 31.7 20.5 28.6 27.2 29.5 29.3
Percentage of management positions held by women (%) 12.7 11.6 15.9 15.9 22.2 23.9

Women Employed and Women in Management Positions (Sony Group in Japan)*2*3
FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
Percentage of women in the workforce (%) 20.0 20.0 18.6 18.6 21.3 21.0
Percentage of management positions held by women (%) 3.9 4.2 5.7 4.8 6.5 7.0

Women Employed and Women in Management Positions (Sony Group in USA)
FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
Percentage of women in the workforce (%) 38.7 36.4 37.8 36.1 37.5 38.1
Percentage of management positions held by women (%) 36.1 32.7 33.3 31.3 33.0 35.5

Women Employed and Women in Management Positions (Sony Group in China)*4
FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
Percentage of women in the workforce (%) 63.9 59.2 55.5 44.6 43.8 55.5
Percentage of management positions held by women (%) 29.1 22.5 26.2 32.7 31.6 40.1

Women Employed and in Management Positions (Sony Group in Asia Pacific)*5
FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
Percentage of women in the workforce (%) 48.2 46.5 42.5 46.2 43.8 37.2
Percentage of management positions held by women (%) 20.5 20.6 26.4 31.1 33.7 34.5

Women Employed and in Management Positions (Sony Group in Europe)
FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
Percentage of women in the workforce (%) 38.0 33.3 34.3 36.0 34.5 36.9
Percentage of management positions held by women (%) 16.8 23.2 26.6 25.9 33.6 34.9

Women Employed and in Management Positions (Sony Group in Other Areas)*6
FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
Percentage of women in the workforce (%) 37.4 38.1 41.4 41.5
Percentage of management positions held by women (%) 24.7 30.0 28.1 37.4

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Totals are based on data provided by Sony Group companies as of the end of each fiscal year (March 31). The definition of "manager" varies in different countries, regions and companies.
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Women in management positions at Sony Corporation: 8.0%
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Coverage area: Mainland China and Hong Kong
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Coverage area: Southeast Asia, Oceania, India, South Korea and Taiwan
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Coverage area: Middle East, South and Central America, Africa and Canada

Key Activities to Promote Women's Career Development at Sony Group
Electronics (Japan)
Sony runs a regular networking event for young women working at Sony Group companies. This event has the objective of helping these women to broaden their perspective on career design. Participants hear the views of women who are currently working at the management level, take part in follow-up discussions and share problems they face in the workforce. These activities are contributing to the expansion of women's career choices.
Sony Group
(United States)
In 2016, Sony organized the Women's Forum in San Diego to support the careers of women working in the Sony Group's operations in the U.S. and provide a platform for networking. A networking group was established to address specific issues and improve work-life balance for women.
Electronics
(Asia)
Sony adopted a system for maternity and childcare leave to allow for full and flexible work schedules, thereby providing a convenient working environment for women with children. Also, some of the Group's production facilities have set up nursing rooms.
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