As a global leader in the consumer electronics and entertainment industries, Sony is fully committed to responsible corporate citizenship and environmental stewardship through its products, its programs, its practices and its people. Sony strives to improve the quality of life of future generations by producing world-class products and entertainment in a manner that both protects and promotes a healthy and sustainable planet.
Sony’s goal, as set forth in its Road to Zero environmental plan, is to achieve a zero environmental footprint by the year 2050. In addition to our efforts to develop more energy-efficient products and technologies, promote a low-carbon and eco-conscious lifestyle among consumers, and deploy more sustainable business practices across our operations, we rely on employees to help us achieve ambitious environmental targets through our Global Environmental Management System, which promotes proper recycling and energy conservation at Sony sites around the world.
Innovative partnerships with non-profit organizations and educational institutions are also a core part of Sony’s environmental efforts. Nationally and internationally, Sony supports a wide range of environmental organizations, including the Wildlife Conservation Society, whose mission is to save wildlife and wild places around the globe; the World Wildlife Fund (also known as the Worldwide Fund for Nature), the world’s leading conservation organization; and Conservation International, a non-profit organization that works to ensure a healthy and productive planet for all.
In the U.S., Sony Corporation of America (SCA), Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) and Sony Electronics (SEL) partner with the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) on the Sony-UCSB Media, Energy & Environment Alliance. This partnership involves support for the University’s Environmental Media Initiative, equipment for use by students of the Carsey-Wolf Center, membership in the University’s Institute for Energy Efficiency Industry Partners Program, and funding for a wide range of environmental media teaching and research projects.
Through SEL’s nationwide Take Back Program, the Company will take back and recycle any Sony product and/or packaging at no cost to the consumer. SEL also supports meaningful environmental programs through organizations such as the Student Conservation Association, which provides students in the U.S. the opportunity to serve and protect national parks, forests and urban communities; I Love a Clean San Diego, which provides environmental education events and programs for local residents; and much more.
SPE is dedicated to integrating innovative, environmentally sound practices into its production processes and in the creation and distribution of its products around the world. It partners with a broad set of stakeholders, including a particular emphasis on engaging employees, to find solutions to lower its overall impact. For example, SPE’s global employee base actively participates in the Company’s efforts through educational opportunities, incentives and employee-driven philanthropic grant and community programs. Among the many community organizations the Company supports in this space are the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Heal the Bay and the Environmental Media Association, a non-profit organization that mobilizes the entertainment industry in educating people about environmental issues. SPE is also the largest contributor of materiel to Habitat for Humanity in the Los Angeles area, reusing and recycling countless sets from its productions to benefit the local community. Check out sonypictures.com/green for more information on SPE’s sustainability goals and progress.
For more information about Sony Corporation's global environmental initiatives, visit the environmental section of Sony’s CSR Web site.