Under a work-life balance initiative, Sony Corporation provides paid leave programs which can be used along with Child Care Leave such as Special Child Care Leave (up to 20 days) and Accumulated Leave used for pregnancy, childbirth, child rearing, fertility treatment, and nursing care purpose. These programs are widely used by employees.
For employees who have child care or nursing care responsibilities, Sony provides support by offering systems which give the option of reduced working hours for child care or nursing care and allow employees to work at home or take paid annual leave on an hourly basis. As of fiscal 2016, Sony has moved beyond its previous telecommuting system, under which employees were allowed to work from home only for the purpose of child care or nursing care. Now, the Group has introduced an expanded telecommuting system that is designed to improve organizational efficiency, foster a corporate culture that encourages the creation of new ideas, and enhance the productivity and output of individual employees. Sony is expanding programs of this nature not just to support employees with child care and nursing care needs, but also to ensure that all employees can work more flexibly and efficiently.