Updated on August 23, 2017

Working Environment and Opportunities for LGBT Employees

The Sony Group is working globally to provide LGBT*1 employees with a working environment and opportunities that respect their individuality and leverage their individual talents, free of discrimination and prejudice.

In Japan, Sony has expanded certain personnel programs<small>*2</small> to encompass same-sex spouses, and implements an e-learning course for all employees that covers LGBT issues, while also offering LGBT workshops.

Sony also supports the diversity of employees in other ways, such as enabling employees to use their preferred names at work, providing multipurpose restrooms, using gender-neutral uniforms, making it optional for job applicants to indicate their gender on applications, and providing private toilet and shower facilities in each room at corporate dormitories.

  • *1LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. The expression is broadly used to refer to persons with diverse sexualities.
  • *2Personnel programs that have been extended to same-sex spouses include monetary gifts and leave for bereavement, rent subsidies, and participation in employee family events.
LGBT Initiatives by Sony Group around the World
In the United States, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Sony Electronics Inc. and Sony Corporation of America achieved top score based on assessments of the maximum score of 100% in the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as companies that create ideal working environments for LGBT employees. These scores reflect the level of fairness achieved within the organization toward LGBT employees, which is underpinned by rules designed to support these employees. Additionally, management and employees participate in LGBT pride parades to raise awareness.
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