Sony Corporation was awarded the highest level of "Eruboshi" certification by Japan's Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare in recognition of its outstanding performance in promoting women's interests. This recognition was granted because Sony was found to satisfy all five criteria set out in the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace: (1) hiring; (2) continuous employment; (3) work hours and other working conditions; (4) women's share of management positions; and (5) diversity in career path options.
The Sony Group in Japan received a gold rating in the 2016 Pride Index for its LGBT initiatives. The Group's rating highlighted its equal treatment policy for same-sex partners and heterosexual spouses in its employee benefit and welfare system. *
Moving forward, Sony will continue working in line with its Diversity Policy to build a work environment where employees will all be able to fully demonstrate their individuality and abilities, and diverse human resources can play major, meaningful roles.
- The employee benefit and welfare system includes recognition of transfers to new posts away from family and separation allowances, congratulatory and condolence payments, congratulatory and condolence leave, school bag presentation ceremonies, Sony Family Day (family visits to the workplace), babysitter/child care subsidies, childcare leave, reduced working hours for childcare, care receiver conditions under the nursing care-related system, and eligibility for Sony Family Cards.