New ideas and technological innovation that defy convention are essential to creating products and services that inspire and fulfill users’ curiosity. Sony’s groundbreaking spirit of continued innovation remains central to the identity of the Sony Group.
It is the core corporate responsibility of Sony to society to improve its corporate value through innovation and sound business practices and contribute to developing a sustainable society. To this end, Sony generates innovation in many different ways, always striving to create products and services that inspire and fulfill users’ curiosity while leveraging co-creation both within the Sony Group and externally to drive social progress.
To create kando with users, the R&D Center works to promote R&D by integrating devices and systems. Sony has engaged in the separation of business units into distinct subsidiaries across the Sony Group, in order to reinforce the competitiveness of each business and ensure clearly attributable accountability and responsibility. Each of these subsidiaries conducts R&D related to its business field.
In addition, Sony established the research subsidiary, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., to conduct R&D that contributes to humanity and society by pioneering new research areas and new businesses. Sony also has specific mechanisms in place for generating innovation, including the Seed Acceleration Program (SAP), which creates startup projects and support their business operations, and the Sony Innovation Fund, which serves as a corporate venture capital fund.
Here are the main results of fiscal 2017 initiatives:
Sony will continue to make suitable business investments and support innovation by its diverse workforce of talented people, leveraging communication and open innovation to create inspiring new businesses that help to build a sustainable world.