Sony subscribes to the principle of individual producer responsibility (IPR), that is, the idea that a producer bears responsibility for its products over their entire life cycle. Accordingly, Sony is focused on recycling-oriented product design, collection and recycling used products, and building global recycling systems that suit the needs of individual countries and regions. Sony recognizes its social responsibility as a manufacturer to deal with its used products and actively promotes product collection and recycling. Sony complies with recycling laws and regulations in countries and regions around the world, including Japan's Home Appliance Recycling Law, the EU's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive), state recycling laws on waste electrical and electronic equipment in the US, China's Management Regulations for Recycling and Disposing of Consumer Electronics and Electronic Waste, and India's recycling laws on electronic waste. Sony is actively working to achieve the goals of its long-term environmental plan, Road to Zero, to eliminate its environmental footprint by 2050, and toward this end, has set a series of environmental mid-term targets to be met over consecutive five-year periods.