Letter to Stakeholders

Based on our Purpose to “fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity and technology,” Sony aims to remain a company that is truly valued by the society. We believe it is our social responsibility to enhance our corporate value through innovation and sound business practices and contribute to developing a sustainable society. We hold ourselves accountable to all stakeholders including our customers, shareholders, employees, business partners as well as the communities and the Earth in which we operate in.

Sony’s unwavering commitment to society goes back to our beginnings. Today the world is changing dramatically, and growing ever more complex. At Sony, we will continue to take a long-term view of our business with our strong commitment to creating sustainable social value, in addition to generating economic value as a global company. Our long-term management approach is underpinned by strong corporate governance. Moreover, Sony will utilize its strengths in terms of its diverse business portfolio, technology and people to create value that enriches people’s hearts by delivering emotional experiences; helps creators to realize their dreams; and contributes to society through the delivery of safety and reliability. We will also continue to lead various sustainability initiatives, recognizing that Sony’s existence depends on a healthy environment and society.

To highlight some of our initiatives, in fiscal 2018, Sony joined RE100*1 in September 2018 and committed to using 100% renewable electricity for the Sony Group’s worldwide operations by 2040. We have accelerated our efforts to shift to renewable electricity through various initiatives, and in 2019, we introduced solar power generation systems at manufacturing sites in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan and Thailand in 2019. Our long-term goal is for the entire Sony Group to achieve a zero environmental footprint by the year 2050, as outlined in our global environmental plan,“Road to Zero”.

Meanwhile, Sony’s supply chain extends across the globe, and we are working with diverse stakeholders in an ongoing effort to address issues such as human rights and labor conditions. In addition, our community engagement emphasizes contributing to science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education. For sixty years, Sony has sponsored science education at elementary and junior high schools and supported professional development for teachers in Japan. Sony also conducts workshops around the world to nurture the creativity and curiosity of children. Starting in fiscal 2018, Sony launched “Kando Experience Program” in an effort to address educational inequality among children in Japan.

As a citizen of the Earth and society, Sony remains committed to strengthening our sustainability initiatives and engaging in ongoing dialogue with our stakeholders as we contribute towards building a more sustainable world.

*1 A global initiative led by non-profit organization The Climate Group in partnership with CDP in which participating companies set a target of procuring 100% renewable energy for power used in their business operations.

Kenichiro Yoshida
President and Chief Executive Officer
Representative Corporate Executive Officer
Sony Corporation