Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) values diversity and strives to create a work environment in which all employees can be themselves, enabling them to reach their full potential.
SIE has in place a variety of life-work support schemes (Symphony Plan) and workplace improvements that respect the balance between work and family life. Symphony Plan enables all employees, regardless of gender, to continue working and to reach their full potential in a way that suits their individual lifestyles.
In Japan, SIE created this plan of action based on the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children, and was certified with the "Kurumin Mark", a symbol bestowed upon companies that support child rearing, three times in recognition of the accomplishment of the goals set.
SIE strives to provide LGBTQ* employees with a working environment that respects their individuality and allows them to be themselves without facing discrimination or prejudice.
*LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and questioning/ queer. The expression is broadly used to refer to individuals of diverse sexuality.
In Japan, initiatives include expanding certain human resources programs for spouses to same-sex partners (such as marriage bonuses, bereavement leave, and invitations to company events). Additionally, SIE actively works to increase awareness of LGBTQ issues, such as by sponsoring TOKYO RAINBOW PRIDE 2018 and exhibiting a booth at the event.
The Sony Group has received a gold rating in the Pride Index for its LGBT initiatives. It received high marks for its personnel, employee benefit and welfare schemes, particularly its equal treatment policies for the same-sex partners and spouses of employees.
In Japan, SIE is implementing various proactive measures to recruit, develop and promote women with view to increasing the percentage of women in management positions. Specific initiatives include a female leader development program to support the development of leadership skills, awareness, and network building, and to underpin growth while providing development opportunities.
Each year on March 8th, International Women's Day*, various events and activities promoting awareness are held around the world with the aim of empowering women. Sony Interactive Entertainment embraces the values that guide IWD’s ethos, and for this occasion, has put together a video of voices of our women colleagues. Listen to what some of the women who passionately enjoy creating PlayStation® games have to say.
*International Women’s Day is one of several ‘international’ days that originated from early 20th century movements calling for the elimination of discrimination against women and the improvement of women's status. IWD was first celebrated on March 8, 1975 - International Women’s Year. Its anniversary has been commemorated on that day ever since.