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Sony Corporation Joins “The Valuable 500” Initiative to Promote Disability Inclusion

Sony Corporation Joins "The Valuable 500" Initiative to
Promote Disability Inclusion

Sony Corporation announced that it endorsed and signed on to "The Valuable 500," an initiative created to promote the participation of disabled people in business.
Launched at the World Economic Forum's Annual Summit in Davos in January 2019, The Valuable 500 aims to get global business leaders to commit to accountable action on disability inclusion to unlock the business, social and economic value of people living with disabilities across the world.

Under the Purpose to "Fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity and technology," Sony conducts a wide range of businesses,encompassing the electronics, entertainment, and financial services.

People are the key to Sony's continued success. In delivering a workplace where every single employee can feel valued and respected, and fostering a corporate culture that respects the diversity in society, Sony hopes to be a place in which people of all backgrounds can flourish, resulting in new and exciting innovations and value creation for our company and society at large.
Sony actively promotes and respects diversity, in areas such as ethnicity and nationality, religion and beliefs, disabilities, gender, age, birthplace, sexual orientation and values, and work styles.

Diversity Statement

It is in Sony's DNA - and a source of our innovation - to value different perspectives and backgrounds as we conduct our business activities globally and rise to new challenges.
Sony promotes diversity across the Sony Group as a key management strategy by ensuring an inclusive work environment and by recruiting, hiring, training and promoting employees from diverse backgrounds.

Accessibility and Usability

Accessibility and Usability are essential aspects of quality at Sony. Sony aims to create products and services that people can use with ease—independent of age and disabilities.

Our efforts have included:

  • Sony conducts worldwide user research including home visits and user interviews in order to develop products and services that meet users' essential needs.
  • Representatives of product and service designers across the Sony Group meet to formulate UI design standards for interactions, use of words and icons on devices and screens, and so on.
  • Sony holds forums and seminars led by experts to increase employee understanding of human-centered design and accessibility.

Employment of people with disabilities

Sony supports people with disabilities to play an active role in society. Masaru Ibuka, One of Sony's Founders, 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 the employment for people with disabilities that helps them feel truly valued, and that gives a sense of inclusion by taking the focus away from the disability.

Our efforts have included:

  • The Sony Group employs and supports individuals with disabilities in compliance with the laws, regulations, and rules of the countries and regions in which it operates.
  • While endeavoring to create inclusive working environments that enable employees to build successful careers regardless of any disabilities they may have.
  • We also hold inclusion workshops aimed at providing opportunities for elementary and junior high school students with and without disabilities to experience together the fun of science firsthand.
  • At Sony Group companies in Japan, Sony Taiyo Corporation and Sony Kibo/Hikari Corporation, company with a working environment for people with disabilities located in Japan, has been in operation for over 40 years and have deep knowledge and experience in working with people with disabilities. The knowledge is now being introduced to Japan Office, factories in China, Thailand and Malaysia to enhance the recruitment of people with disabilities.

We will continue to drive this initiative globally.