Updated on August 29, 2019
Sony is active in a wide range of fields, and its stakeholders have diverse expectations. In order to promote a healthy, spiritually abundant, sustainable society, Sony is deeply committed to stakeholder engagement, a process whereby it seeks to earn greater trust from stakeholders and cooperate with them to achieve common aims. Described here are three of the more notable examples of this approach.
In 2018, Sony joined RE100*1 and itself is working toward sourcing 100% renewable electricity for the worldwide operations of the Sony Group by 2040. Sony has already switched to 100% renewable electricity in Europe and is increasing its renewable energy use in other regions using various strategies including deploying solar energy systems.
To address its energy-intensive operations in Japan, Sony is developing a self-wheeling electric power transmission system that will enable a network of business locations to transmit and distribute solar panel-generated electricity among themselves. Sony will also cooperate with other RE100-member companies to shape renewable energy markets and realize regulatory changes that will lead to the plentiful and stable supply of affordable renewable energy.
In July 2006, Sony joined the Climate Savers Programme, established by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) , a leading international environmental NGO. Under the Climate Savers Programme, the WWF partners with leading corporations to establish targets for reducing absolute emissions of greenhouse gases. Progress toward the achievement of these goals is monitored by the WWF, as well as by an independent body. Participation in the program has enabled Sony to set more ambitious targets, and monitoring by the WWF and an independent body has enhanced the transparency of Sony's various environmental initiatives.
Sony's participation in the Climate Savers Programme includes meeting the climate change targets set in its Green Management 2020 group environmental mid-term targets.
In November 2013, Sony became a founding member of the Consortium for Sustainable Paper Use (CSPU) , the aim of which is to encourage environmentally preferable and socially responsible paper use—usage of forest-certified paper and recycled paper—by both companies and society at large. The consortium was established by a group of companies promoting progressive initiatives in the area of sustainable paper use in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Japan and Response Ability, Inc. Through participation in the consortium, Sony is advancing the practical application of measures to ensure sustainable paper use and to disseminate information and promote public awareness. Consortium members exchange information regularly and interview non-member companies with the goal of promoting the consortium-wide application of particularly outstanding initiatives.
With regard to certified-forest paper, Sony promotes the use of FSC-certified paper*1, which is not merely in conformance with the regulation, but is in fact highly valued as a means of supporting forest sustainability. For example, Sony uses FSC-certified paper in its corporate publications and other printed materials, including company brochures, product catalogs, calendars, business cards and envelopes. Sony used 279 tons of FSC-certified paper in fiscal 2018.