Community Engagement

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) contributes to communities and helps fill needs around the world by making the most of our products, services, technologies, the strengths of our employees, and partnerships. We strive to impact diverse global issues by creating opportunities for the next generation, addressing social inequality, and providing emergency relief in large-scale disasters.  

Through meaningful partnerships, financial or in-kind donations, and employee volunteerism, we aim to make a difference in our communities, the gaming industry, and the world around us for generations to come.  

We focus our activities in specific key areas:

Education

STEAM: SIE supports various global STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) programs to inspire the next generation of talent in the gaming industry. We partner, provide funding, and support educational programs for global organizations such as Girls Make Games, InnovateHer, and Black Girls CODE to empower girls and women to pursue a career path in the gaming, tech, and entertainment industries.

Corporate Giving 

 

Employee Engagement: Through PlayStation Cares, SIE’s corporate giving platform, we amplify employees’ giving efforts by matching donations to charitable organizations up to a certain limit every year. PlayStation Cares also offers in-person and virtual volunteerism opportunities for employees to drive impact within local communities. PlayStation Cares is currently available to employees in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil. 

Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Aid: In the event of a catastrophe or crisis, SIE seeks to assist humanitarian relief efforts. As part of Sony Group and the larger Sony Group collaboration, we work with carefully selected partners to drive impact on a local, national, and global level.   

Initiatives for Global Issues

SIE aims to address global issues for generations to come. With our initiatives and activations,  we focus on global issues that impact our world. 

Environmental Awareness: SIE is a founding member of the ‘Playing for the Planet’ Alliance facilitated by the United Nations Environment Programme. Together with industry partners, we are committed to driving change by raising awareness through the power of video games, reducing our emissions, and supporting the global environmental agenda through initiatives ranging from reforestation to reducing plastic in our products.

Social Justice: SIE, as part of Sony Group, is committed to respecting human rights and fostering diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). In June 2020, Sony established a $100 million Global Social Justice Fund and through this fund, Sony will support initiatives that promote social justice and, anti-racist initiatives and to foster DE&I around the world.

At SIE, diversifying the gaming industry is one of our most important goals. In addition to Sony’s Global Social Justice Fund, SIE has invested $1 million to support organizations focused on social justice, education, and economic empowerment to address racial inequality within the gaming industry. 

Support for local communities

Supporting Creators: Independent developers are vital to the heart and soul of the gaming community. During the surge of COVID-19 in 2020, SIE provided $10M USD to independent game developers and publishers experiencing financial hardships. SIE also donated to local, national, and global organizations.  


Supporting the Gaming Community:
SIE launched the Play At Home initiative in April 2020 to help keep the PlayStation community entertained while staying safe at home. Since 2020, we have offered free games and in-game content through the program. The program has resulted in players around the world redeeming more than 60 million games, including 11 million PS VR titles and more than 30 million titles from our indie partners.