The CDP is a nonprofit organization (NPO) founded in the UK in 2000. Backed by investors from around the globe, it conducts surveys on climate change response at private companies, then analyzes and releases the findings of these surveys to the public. This year, the CDP surveyed over 5,500 companies globally - including 500 leading companies in Japan - on behalf of 827 institutional investors representing more than 100 trillion U.S. dollars in managed assets.
Sony's inclusion in the A List for climate change response is a recognition of the company's efforts to reduce the energy consumption of its products, curb greenhouse gas emissions at its operating sites, and accelerate the use of renewable energy. Furthermore, it is an acknowledgement of the company's climate change mitigation strategies and environmentally conscious measures, as well as the successes that have been gained through these efforts. Sony is one of 193 companies worldwide to be conferred with the highest performance rank of "A" in 2016, a distinction it has now achieved for the second consecutive year.
Since the early 1990s, the Sony Group has been advancing various initiatives in accordance with its environmental strategy and action plan, and it has adopted a "Road to Zero" long-term environmental plan that plots a course to a zero environmental footprint for the company's operations and across the lifecycle of its products, by 2050. Moving toward this vision for the future, Sony set about pursuing its new "Green Management 2020" environmental mid-term targets from fiscal 2016 which it aims to achieve by the end of fiscal 2020. These targets place a particular emphasis on reducing the average annual energy consumption of Sony's electronics products by 30%*2, reducing greenhouse gas emissions at all of its operating sites by 5%*3, leveraging the influence of its entertainment assets, and enhancing engagement across its entire value chain including manufacturing partners and component suppliers.
Through these and other measures, Sony will continue striving to bring forth environmentally conscious products and services and to minimize its environmental footprint, toward the achievement of its "Green Management 2020" targets and ultimately an environmental footprint of zero.
*1: The rating system is a 4-rank scale (A, A-, B, B-, C, C-, D, D-). The A List is made up of the companies awarded the highest performance rank of “A.”
*2: Compared to fiscal 2013 levels.
*3: Compared to fiscal 2015 levels.