Sony United is a concept brought to the Company by Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President of Sony Corporation. The idea encourages all Sony sister companies to work together on initiatives that will bring greater success to Sony as a whole than the businesses could achieve individually. Some examples of Sony United at SPE include linking our popular films with the release of the PS3 to stimulate Blu-ray sales; integrating Crackle with BRAVIA, the PS3, the PSP, and other Sony devices; using Sony products in Sony Pictures movies; and collaborating with other Sony companies in developing unique marketing opportunities.
Corporate Social Responsibility
While our business is to create outstanding entertainment for audiences worldwide, we feel equally responsible for making a positive impact on the quality of life in and around our communities. As a result, SPE supports community outreach, corporate philanthropy, employee volunteerism, and support for our communities' various arts and cultural institutions.
Once each year, Sony Pictures designates a global volunteer day during which employees around the world are encouraged to give back to their communities through a coordinated service project.
SPE also offers all eligible full-time U.S. employees the opportunity to participate in a matching gift program.
SPE is committed to doing its part to protect the environment for future generations. We aim to reduce our ecological footprint by pursuing sustainable policies that combat climate change, preserve natural resources, and protect the health and safety of our communities.
We are actively engaged in recycling, energy savings measures, water reduction efforts, and set re-use. Sony Pictures has launched a pilot solar energy program and is constructing new buildings on its Studio lot according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidelines established by the U.S. Green Building Council in order to help combat climate change and conserve natural resources.
Sony Pictures' Environmental Management System is certified to the ISO14001 standard, which manages our impact on the environment and reinforces sound environmental practices and workplace safety by requiring programs and procedures to support recycling efforts, hazardous waste management, natural resource conservation, and workplace safety.
Sony Pictures also engages in a number of environmental outreach and volunteering efforts as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility program. In 1992, Sony Pictures created the Urban Green Fund, a partnership with TreePeople, a Southern California environmental organization, through which a number of our employees have become citizen foresters. Sony Pictures is also a supporter of the Environmental Media Initiative of the Carsey-Wolf Center at the University of California - Santa Barbara, along with other organizations such as Heal the Bay, Habitat for Humanity, Friends of the Ballona Wetlands, and more.
With a vast array of content across all genres and platforms consumed by hundreds of millions of people around the world, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s business.
Through our diversity and inclusion efforts, we seek to applaud individual talent, celebrate differences and value contributions from a diverse global workforce. In a 2012 Global Employee Survey, SPE employees reported a significant increase in how inclusive they perceived the working environment to be, when compared with the previous global survey results in 2010.
SPE is an Equal Opportunity employer in all its employment practices, policies and procedures. No worker or potential worker should therefore receive less favorable treatment due to his or her race, age, creed, sexual orientation, color, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, religion, gender, marital status or trade union membership, as applicable.