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Management Approach

Materiality Rationale

Sony's corporate activities are only possible if the earth, which sustains all life on earth, is healthy. This is why Sony is so determined to fight climate change, preserve resources, manage chemical substances, conserve biodiversity, and take other needed steps to protect the environment. True to this commitment, Sony conducts its business in a sustainable manner and provides environmentally conscious products and services, always seeking to deliver innovation and develop uniquely superior technologies. Sony also works hand-in-hand with stakeholders to help build a more sustainable society.

Basic Approach

Since the early 1990s, Sony has pursued environmental initiatives in accordance with its environmental principles and targets. In April 2010, Sony announced the "Road to Zero," a new global environmental plan, the goal of which is to realize a sustainable society by achieving a zero environmental footprint throughout the life cycle of its products and business activities by the year 2050. Working toward a zero environmental footprint by 2050, once every five years Sony sets concrete environmental mid-term targets for each stage of the life cycle for its products with respect to climate change, resources, chemical substances, and biodiversity.


Sony has built and is continually improving its globally integrated environmental management system with the aim of realizing the Sony Group Environmental Vision, achieving the environmental mid-term targets, and complying fully with legal requirements, regulatory demands, and internal policies adopted by the Group. Sony has also established specialized functions at the Sony Group's environmental headquarters, which is overseen by a corporate executive officer of Sony Corporation.

Main Achievements in Fiscal 2019

Under the Green Management 2020 environmental mid-term targets, Sony put forward specific goals for each stage of the product lifecycle. Here are the main results of fiscal 2019 initiatives:

  • Annual energy consumption of products: Down 52% (compared with fiscal 2013)
  • CO2 emission reduced by using renewable energy: 327 thousand tons-CO2 (Cumulative total since fiscal 2016)
  • Greenhouse gas emissions at Sony sites: Down 12% (compared with fiscal 2015)
  • Waste generated at Sony sites: Down 20% (compared with fiscal 2015)
  • Conducted biodiversity protection and education activities at all Sony sites
  • CO2 emissions from logistics: Down 64% (compared with fiscal 2013)
  • Raised awareness and inspired action by reaching an audience of over 2.3 billion through events and social media.
  • Deployed One Blue Ocean Project all over the world with activities to promote reducing single use plastic in each site and activities to clean up plastic waste in each region.


  • 1976:
    Company-wide Sony Environmental Conference established
  • 1993:
    Sony Global Environment Policy and Environmental Action Program developed
  • 1995:
    Began to acquire ISO14001 certification at manufacturing sites in Japan
  • 2002:
    Green Partner Environmental Quality Approval Program introduced
  • 2006:
    Integration of environmental management systems at sites around the world completed
  • 2009:
    100% renewable electricity use achieved at European sites
  • 2010:
    Road to Zero environmental plan aiming to realize a zero environmental footprint announced
  • 2018:
    Sony Corporation joins RE100, a global initiative whose members commit to sourcing 100% renewable electricity for the worldwide operations

Looking to the Future

Acting on the basis of Green Management 2020, which sets environmental mid-term targets for fiscal 2016-2020, Sony seeks to strengthen its own internal initiatives, encourage environmental initiatives in its entire value chain, and appeal to consumers and the public to take action. Sony will also focus on achieving its goal of sourcing 100% renewable electricity for all business sites by 2040. Aware of the risk of growing environmental impact as certain products get bigger and production increases, Sony is adopting even stronger measures to achieve its goal of "zero environmental footprint" by 2050.

Activity Reports

Related Links

Sony Group Environmental Vision
Sony's Global Environmental Plan
Green Management 2020
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