Sony's corporate activities are only possible if the earth, which sustains all life on earth, is healthy. This is why Sony is so determined to fight climate change, preserve resources, manage chemical substances, conserve biodiversity, and take other needed steps to protect the environment. True to this commitment, Sony conducts its business in a sustainable manner and provides environmentally conscious products and services, always seeking to deliver innovation and develop uniquely superior technologies. Sony also works hand-in-hand with stakeholders to help build a more sustainable society.
Since the early 1990s, Sony has pursued environmental initiatives in accordance with its environmental principles and targets. In April 2010, Sony announced the "Road to Zero," a new global environmental plan, the goal of which is to realize a sustainable society by achieving a zero environmental footprint throughout the life cycle of its products and business activities by the year 2050. Working toward a zero environmental footprint by 2050, once every five years Sony sets concrete environmental mid-term targets for each stage of the life cycle for its products with respect to climate change, resources, chemical substances, and biodiversity.
Sony has built and is continually improving its globally integrated environmental management system with the aim of realizing the Sony Group Environmental Vision, achieving the environmental mid-term targets, and complying fully with legal requirements, regulatory demands, and internal policies adopted by the Group. Sony has also established specialized functions at the Sony Group's environmental headquarters, which is overseen by a corporate executive officer of Sony Corporation.
Under the Green Management 2020 environmental mid-term targets, Sony put forward specific goals for each stage of the product lifecycle. Here are the main results of fiscal 2016 initiatives:
Acting on the basis of Green Management 2020, which sets environmental mid-term targets for fiscal 2016-2020, Sony seeks to strengthen its own internal initiatives, encourage environmental initiatives in its entire value chain, and appeal to consumers and the public to take action. Aware of the risk of growing environmental impact as certain products get bigger and production increases, Sony is adopting even stronger measures to achieve its goal of "zero environmental footprint" by 2050.