Updated on August 29, 2019

External Evaluation

The Sony Group’s initiatives have earned high marks from various global institutions.

Sony Group in Japan:
In 2016, 2017, and 2018, received a gold rating in the 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 policy.*1

  • Sony Corporation:
    • In 2017, won the Grand Prix of Ikumen Award from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
    • In 2016, 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.
    • In 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2015, certified by the Tokyo Labor Bureau as a company that actively supports parenting initiatives in line with the Law for Measures to Support the Development of the Next Generation.
  • Sony Group companies outside Japan:
    • Sony Electronics Inc, Sony Corporation of America, and Sony pictures entertainment received 100% rating in Corporate Equality Index (Rating Workplaces on LGBTQ Equality) by Human Rights Campaign.
    • Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. was recognized by the National Business Inclusion Consortium and the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce as a 2019 Best of the Best Corporation for Inclusion.

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 Employees can play major, meaningful roles.

  • *1The employee benefit and welfare policy 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 policy, and eligibility for Sony Family Cards.
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