To deal with the increasingly diverse and complex environmental issues that affect Sony's operations, such as manufacturing and sales of environmentally conscious products, recycling, and environmental management at sites, Sony has established specialized functions at the Sony Group's environmental headquarters, specifically in the areas of environmental management related to energy consumed at sites and by products; resource conservation, including recycling; chemical substance management; biodiversity conservation; procurement; logistics; technological development; and communications. The Sony Group's environmental headquarters is overseen by management, and a Sony Corporation corporate executive officer assumes ultimate responsibility.
Each of these specialized functions works together with regional offices and departments that specialize in such areas as product quality, customer service, occupational health and safety, and disaster prevention, to achieve a uniform and effective management system. Each specialized function issues targets to the operating units, divisions and sites and reviews their progress. To promote integrated environmental management globally, Sony has established regional environmental offices to facilitate region-wide environmental management activities, such as a better understanding of local, legal and regulatory trends, effective communication of standards and instructions set forth by headquarters to the regional divisions and sites, and effective performance of audits at all regional business divisions and sites. The offices are in six regions, namely: North America, Latin America, Europe,*1 Japan/East Asia,*2 China,*3 and Pan Asia.*4