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Updated on September 7, 2016

Collaboration with External Organizations That Advocate Diversity

Sony is taking a number of steps to help increase the number of women in engineering and science fields. One such measure is to support the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's "Program to Support Research Activities for Female Researchers."

Sony is also a member of Japan Women's Innovative Network (J-Win), which supports the development of a network for the advancement of women's careers and also promotes diversity management. In addition, Sony is a participant in the Support Forum for Women in Business, a project of the Japan Institute for Women's Empowerment & Diversity Management. By establishing connections with other organizations like these, Sony seeks to learn about better ways to promote women's participation and advancement.

Since fiscal 2014, Sony has been participating in a special project which promotes managers' awareness of subordinates' work-life balance, which is sponsored by the NGO Fathering Japan. In order to create better working environments, Sony continues to provide employees with appropriate information and organize seminars related to work-life balance.

Sony Corporation also participates as a corporate partner with Work with Pride, a group that promotes the creation of workplace environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees can feel comfortable being themselves. Sony also arranges for employee volunteers to take part in workshops for companies and LGBT events.
Examples of Measures to Promote Diversity in the Sony Group around the World
Electronics (USA) In the United States, both Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Sony Electronics Inc. and Sony Corporation of America received awards 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.
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