Updated on August 29, 2019
Sony recognizes that its business depends upon the sustainability of the global environment and societies where people can live in security. Based on this understanding, Sony is constantly moving forward with environmental and social initiatives throughout the value chain. As a member of the global community, Sony embraces its responsibility to help in the fight against climate change. In 2010, Sony formulated the “Road to Zero”, a long-term global environmental plan, under which it is striving to reduce the environmental footprint of its business activities and products, throughout the life-cycle, to zero by 2050. To accomplish this, Sony focuses on four environmental issues, one of which is climate change.
On May 27, 2019, Sony announced its endorsement of the final report published by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (the “TCFD Recommendations”) established by the Financial Stability Board. Sony also became a member of the TCFD Consortium inaugurated on that day, and it will aim to expand its disclosure of climate change-related data in accordance with the TCFD Recommendations.
Sony reduces energy consumption and strives to achieve zero emissions of greenhouse gases generated throughout the lifecycle of our products, service and business activities.
Specifically, Sony has designated the following initiatives to achieve its environmental mid-term targets.
Sony sites make it their highest priority to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, use energy more efficiently, and switch to energy sources that generate less greenhouse gas emissions, while also promoting renewable energy use. Sony also develops and supplies energy efficient, environmentally conscious products and services, and works with manufacturing subcontractors and suppliers of components and raw materials in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions both directly and indirectly.
Under the Companies Act of Japan, Sony has adopted the “Company with Three Committees” corporate governance system as the most appropriate system for the company. Under this system, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) determines Sony Group’s fundamental management policies and other material matters, while broadly delegating the decision-making authority to conduct Sony’s business operation to Senior Executives in line with their respective responsibilities as defined by the Board, with a view to promoting timely and efficient decision-making within Sony Group.
The Board regularly deliberates and decides upon the med-term management plan and annual business plan, taking into account various risks and opportunities, including climate change, in its deliberations and decisions. Senior Executives implement strategies according to the management plans and the business plan while carrying out business execution, and the Board receives and discusses reports on the status of business execution as needed. Currently, matters concerning climate-related risks and opportunities are considered and executed by the management side.
In accordance with the delegation from the Board, the CEO of Sony established the Sony Group Environmental Vision, which stipulates the corporate philosophy on the global environment and corporate principles including on climate change matters. A Senior Executive in charge of environment matters who is appointed by the Board established the Sony Group Environmental Management Structure, which are internal regulations that stipulate the basic framework for Sony’s global environmental management. The Senior Executive supervises the initiatives implemented by each business unit and business site to realize the Sony Group Environmental Vision, and also supervises their operation of and adherence to the Sony Group Environmental Management Structure.
The policy on the content of individual compensation for Senior Executives, including the CEO, and the amount of individual compensation are determined by the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee takes into account environment related matters as a factor in evaluating the remuneration linked to business results of Senior Executives and Senior Vice Presidents in charge of each business unit.
Tackling environmental issues is consistent with Sony’s commitment to build a sustainable world and is extremely important in terms of its business continuity. Sony endeavors to identify environment-related risks and to prepare to mitigate foreseeable risks. Risks include imposition of carbon taxes, broader regional adoption of emissions trading schemes, regulatory risks such as the introduction of stricter energy-efficiency standards for products, material risks such as abnormal weather events and sea level rise due to climate change, and market changes triggered by shifting consumer attitudes.
Sony believes that tackling environmental issues also leads to business opportunities. For example, the Paris Agreement*1 that emerged from the meeting of COP 21*2 in December 2015 addresses climate change issues, which has increased public awareness and is shifting consumer demand toward products with energy-efficiency features. Sony has already increased the energy efficiency of many of its products. In light of these social trends, demand for energy-efficient products may continue to grow. For instance, Sony manufactures image sensors that deliver high performance and low power consumption, which could lead to broader applications such as for on-board cameras for vehicles.
Each business unit, subsidiary/affiliated company and corporate division of Sony periodically reviews and assesses risks for the area of which it is in charge and works on finding, reporting, reviewing and responding to the risks. In addition, Senior Executives have established and maintain a system to identify and control risks that may cause losses to Sony regarding the areas of which they are in charge. The Corporate Executive Officer in charge of group risk control comprehensively promotes and manages the establishment and maintenance of the systems as stated above through the activities with related departments. The Board receives regular reports on the framework and its operational status, to confirm the validity of the framework.
Under the framework, each business units, subsidiary/affiliated company and corporate division also assesses and analyzes climate-related risks, when assembling its business strategies and business plans.
In accordance with the Sony Group Code of Conduct, Sony recognizes the importance of reducing the global environmental footprint of the Group’s business activities, including addressing climate change. In 2010, Sony formulated the Road to Zero global environmental plan, which it is implementing in its aim to reduce its environmental footprint to zero. From a climate change perspective, Sony is developing and supplying environmentally conscious products and services with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life cycle of its products, while also striving to reduce emissions from the production. Sony is also making energy-efficiency improvements at its business sites and shifting to renewable energy, while encouraging contract manufacturers and component suppliers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Under the Green Management 2020 environmental mid-term targets that Sony is working to achieve by the end of fiscal 2020. the life cycle of products has been divided into six stages: product and service planning and design, operations, raw materials and components procurement, logistics, take-back and recycling, and innovation. For each stage, Sony has set specific targets from the four perspectives of climate change, resources, chemical substances, and biodiversity, and implements initiatives to achieve these targets. For example, from the perspective of climate change, Sony is targeting an average 30% reduction in the annual energy consumption of Sony products, and a 300,000-ton reduction of CO2 emissions at Sony business sites by shifting to renewable energy.
Sony also joined the global Renewable Energy 100% (RE100)*1 initiative in September 2018, making a commitment to sourcing 100% renewable electricity for the worldwide operations of the Sony Group by 2040.