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Sony is committed to promoting activities to encourage Diversity in accordance with the attributes of various countries and regions, based on its free-spirited corporate climate.

The Global Diversity Forum

This Forum was created to promote Diversity-related activities globally. It is attended by upper management from various countries, regions and business units, and provides a medium in which we can check our progress and exchange information and ideas.

Diversity Week

Diversity Week is an initiative to continue driving forward Sony's management strategy of promoting diversity as a means of value creation, as well as a celebration of the range of diversity visible in the organization worldwide. Through holding a wide range of engaging seminars, workshops and experiences, we aim to raise employees' awareness and inspire a positive outlook regarding diversity in business, and showcase the benefits of adopting innovative work styles whilst embracing the full range of identities held by Sony's employees. We want to draw attention to issues such as gender, race, sexuality and disability through holding events that make people challenge their own viewpoints and facilitate open discussion.

In 2016, events such as the ‘Women Leaders Meeting’ taking place at Sony Japan and ‘Girl Scouts who Code’ at SIE in California will help create paths towards gender equality in business and technology, while ‘Unconscious Bias’, ‘LGBT workshop’ and ‘Supportive Supervisors and Working Mothers' Meeting’ will empower employees to reach their full potential in the barrier-free workplace. There will also be cross cultural fairs and a range of online initiatives with prizes available in order to get employees thinking about what diversity means today and how it contributes to the success of Sony.

Diversity Week 2016 promises to be a thought-provoking and engaging exploration into the diversity that helps continue to make Sony such a unique company in which to work.
Activities In North Americ Activities In Asia, Middle East and Africa Activities In Japan
Activities In North America

  • Kazuo Hirai(President and CEO, Sony Corporation)holding the Sony Electronics 2017 HRC Corporate equality Index 100% award with Mike Fasulo (President, C.O.O., Sony Electronics Inc.), Tsuyoshi Kodera (Deputy President, Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC.), Tristan Higgins (founder, Equality Alliance), and Equality Alliance members.
    *Equality Alliance is an employee resources group for LGBT at Sony Electronics Inc.

  • Sony North America President & COO Mike Fasulo and members of the Chispa (Hispanic) Employee Network

  • Sony North America Employees at the San Diego PRIDE Parade in honor of LGBTQ rights

Sony Electronics

Sony Electronics understands how diversity is linked to our success as a global company. We take pride in our diverse workforce and foster a culture of inclusion that creates an experience for employees where they know their ideas are valued and respected. This is a place where there is freedom to innovate and create products and services that reflect the desires of consumers around the world. By encouraging a wide range of ideas and viewpoints, we work together to build an amazing organization and life changing products.

Diversity & Inclusion at Sony Electronics includes:

  • Connecting with consumers across diverse demographic segments in order to understand their experiences, values and aspirations.
  • Fostering long-term relationships with diverse professional, community based groups, educational institutions and civic organizations.
  • Partnering with organizations, companies and networks to leverage the Sony brand and further our connections with diverse employees, customers and suppliers.
  • Supporting employees through network groups to encourage professional development and improved teamwork while supporting business initiatives.
  • Promoting personal and professional growth of women through developmental experiences and network groups.
  • Providing family friendly benefits in support of various lifestyles.
  • Advancing and supporting veterans and people with disabilities both within the organization and in the community.

Highlights include:

  • Participation of employees and senior leadership in the local Pride Parade and other LGBTQ activities
  • Recognition of women leaders during women's history month and throughout the year
  • Work/Life balancing experiences such as "Bring Your Kids to Work Day" and on-site 5Ks Run/Walks
  • On-site experiential learning and developmental activities

  • Sony Pictures employees participate in a meeting of Employee Business Resource Groups.

Sony Pictures Entertainment

With a vast array of content across all genres and platforms consumed by hundreds of millions of people around the world, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of Sony Pictures' business. Through the Spectrum program, which seeks to applaud individual talent, celebrate differences and value contributions from a diverse workforce, Sony Pictures offers a variety of programs and resources for current and aspiring employees.

One of Sony Pictures' signature Spectrum programs is Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRG), which are formed by employees who share a commonality or interest. EBRGs are designed to foster professional development through networking and outreach opportunities. EBRGs may host speaker series, career development seminars, panel discussions, outreach, volunteer activities and social/cultural events open to all employees.

  • Cyndi Lauper and Wade Leak (center) with Sony Music Out Loud colleagues at the True Colors Fund event

Sony Music Entertainment

Cyndi Lauper and Sony Music Out Loud Celebrate Marriage Equality

As the gay rights community celebrates two major victories regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's recent same-sex marriage rulings, artists and employees alike are uniting across the Sony Music family to show their support. Sony Music Out Loud, an employee affinity group that encourages everyone, regardless of orientation, to be informed and get involved, has particularly been instrumental in providing platforms for conversation - from professional mixers to Lunch & Learn Sessions - and has even recruited long-time Sony Music artist Cyndi Lauper to the cause.

For one such event, Sony Music Out Loud colleagues helped organize a fundraiser for Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund. Highlighting her organization's Give A Damn Campaign, Lauper addressed the homelessness epidemic in the LGBT youth community before launching into an a capella rendition of her hit song "True Colors." As a founding member of Sony Music Out Loud, Wade Leak (SME's Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel) remarked: "I am very pleased with our group's contribution to the True Colors Fund and so proud of our role in organizing this event. We are all very lucky that Cyndi Lauper has chosen to put her celebrity behind such an important cause."

Continuing her fight for LGBT equality, this spring Lauper joined forces with Sony Masterworks to release the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Kinky Boots, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard's Top Broadway Albums Chart and at #51 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart. As the sole composer and lyricist for Kinky Boots The Musical - a heartwarming true story about a struggling shoemaker and his drag queen business partner - Lauper won this year's coveted Tony award for Best Original Score. In addition to Lauper's personal success, Kinky Boots was the standout show of the evening with honors including Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical. While accepting her award, Lauper stated, "Diversity and acceptance have always made the city thrive, and that's what makes Kinky Boots thrive, and that's what it's about - diversity and acceptance, and that's something worth rolling your sleeves up and toiling for, no matter how many years."

Activities In Asia, Middle East and Africa

Sony has many operations in the rapidly growing Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region which is undergoing many economic and generational shifts. Amidst many new challenges in attracting and retaining talent, Sony remains committed to sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce in the AMEA region to promote greater employee engagement and drive innovation and creativity within the company.

A range of Diversity and Inclusion programs were initiated to achieve this vision and to better reflect the communities in which Sony operates. Some of the key pillars of these programs involve promoting and improving gender equality in the region, through the removal of barriers to full and equal participation of women at all levels of the company. Sony also seeks the elimination of discrimination on the basis of age or family responsibilities, and results have manifested in the form of flexible work policies, parental leave policies and more. Apart from training courses open to all employees, leadership and development programs within the company are also available to high caliber performers regardless of their gender or age.

Believing in Women Empowerment at work, Sony has developed a host of special initiatives for women working in Sony's offices in India. A regular activity titled "Town Hall for Women" was started to provide opportunities for all female employees to openly share their thoughts, concerns and suggestions about empowering women at work, in a safe and comfortable environment. The discussions have since resulted in initiatives like ensuring female employees get off work in time to reach home before sunset, and preventive health check camps. Sony has also launched a special helpdesk in India called "Anytime at Your Service", to help working women balance their personal and professional lives with ease and efficiency. In collaboration with an external provider, the helpdesk provides a gamut of essential services like groceries and medicine shopping, banking assistance, flower and cake deliveries, legal aid, leisure activities and more.

Sony's "Fresh Minds" program was actualized to groom high-potential graduates from the Asia-Pacific region into Sony's future leaders, with Singapore as a starting point.
These graduates will be equipped with the following attributes:

  • Ready to lead diverse teams in any Sony business group or country, based on personal career aspirations
  • Strategic planning and superior people management skills
  • Vast networks of internal and external stakeholders
  • Able to embrace and exude the vision, directions and culture of Senior Management

Sony continues to strive towards enhancing existing Diversity and Inclusion programs across AMEA, developing new initiatives in line with changes in operating environments within the region, and engaging with employees on a deeper level regarding such matters that are relevant to them.

Activities In Japan
  • Awarding activities by excellent business operators

Education and awareness about Diversity & Inclusion

Sony conducts education, training and lectures in order to deepen understanding about Diversity & Inclusion. We also invite our employees to submit ‘Diversity slogans about human rights’ and present awards for excellent activities.

DIVI : Diversity Initiative for Value Innovation

Sony's DIVI employee activities aim to encourage individuals to take a fresh, diversity-focused look at our company from the inside out, in order to identify issues that could be improved or resolved. This will help us to form a more creative and energetic environment in which each employee can continue to demonstrate his or her individuality and capabilities to the fullest extent.

Encouraging women to thrive in the workplace

Measures to encourage female employees to further raise their career ambitions : Career Discussion Panel:To provide a venue in which women can consider their careers through information exchanges with role models and colleagues. Communicate information via the intranet:Providing different perspectives on careers and work, for senior employees active in a variety of capacities.
Management-oriented Policies : Manager Workshops:These workshops facilitate better communication with employees and an understanding of requirements for employee training.
Policies to help build careers of working parents and carers : Website to support communication with working parents and carers:Provides advice to support employees who are also dealing with major life events such as caring for children or sick or elderly relatives at home. Events to encourage employee awareness:Sony periodically holds Work-Life Balance-themed lectures, and conducts group meetings such as the 'Working Parent's Meeting' (for employees taking or returning from leave to look after children).
Women Empowerment Law Sony Corporation's Action Plan
To find more details of the action plan, click here.

Promoting employment of people with disabilities

Sony Founder, Masaru Ibuka, once said that "One should hold the belief that persons with disabilities should be treated under the same standards without requiring any special privileges, and still be expected to accomplish work of even better quality than able-bodied persons." We continue to carry this philosophy, and are striving towards "Sony-style employment for people with disabilities that helps these employees feel truly valued, and that gives them a sense of inclusion by taking the focus away from the disability."

Consideration for people with disabilities : Sony acknowledges that people with different disabilities face different challenges, and aims to consider the status of each individual.
Recruitment of people with disabilities : Sony Group companies hold combined recruitment events to actively recruit people with disabilities.
Special subsidiary companies : Sony has special subsidiary companies that actively employ many people with disabilities: Sony/Taiyo Corporation, Sony Kibou/Hikari Corporation.
Click below for the special subsidiary company websites:
Sony Taiyo
Sony Kibou/Hikari
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