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Environmental Initiatives

We, Sony Financial Group, recognize environmental conservation as one of the top priorities common to humankind. We determine “Sony Financial Group Environmental Policy” and carry out environmental initiatives through our day-to-day activities.

Sony Financial Group Environmental Policy (Operation Commencement Date: April 1, 2022)(PDF217KB)

Initiatives for the “One Blue Ocean Project”

Sony Financial Group participates in the “One Blue Ocean Project,” a project involving the whole Sony Group to continually address the issue of ocean plastics pollution, and is engaged in the following activities.

Usage reduction

・ Reduce or eliminate the use of disposable plastics at kiosks, automatic vending machines and meeting rooms on the company premises
・ Reduce the use of plastic products in offices, and actively use recycled materials 

Collection and cleaning

・Clean-up activities at rivers, coastlines and in the community

Use of Green Power

Green Power Mark

Sony Life became the first Japanese life insurance company to introduce a Green Power Certification System, which enables companies to use green power in their business activities and thus reduce CO2 emissions. Sony Assurance and Sony Bank adopt the Green Certification (Heat) System* to help reduce CO2 emissions. Sony Bank offsets 100% of CO2 emissions caused by its power usage (excluding the portion of power usage in outsourced operations) as a “Carbon Offset Bank.”
In this way, each Group company contributes to the wider use of natural sources of power such as solar and wind power, geothermal power, and biomass. In fiscal 2020, Sony Financial Group as a whole purchased green certificates (heat) and green certificates (biomass) equivalent to 1,445t-CO2.

*The Green Certification (Heat) System is a system certified by the government whereby a company can issue certificates for the environmental value of heat generated from renewable energy with the approval of a third-party institution (Green Energy Certification Center), and trade these as “green certificates (heat)”


For reference: Sony Financial Group’s electricity consumption and CO2 emissions for fiscal 2020*

Total electricity consumption 4,322.3MWh
Total CO2 emissions (equivalent value) 465.38t-CO2

* Includes the head offices of Sony Life and Sony Assurance, head office of Sony Bank, and CONSULTING PLAZA

Acquisition of ISO14001 Certification

Sony Life, Sony Assurance and Sony Bank* have acquired ISO 14001 certification, the international standard for environmental management systems. All three companies promote energy-saving and natural resource-saving activities such as targets for reduced energy and photocopier paper usage, and green procurement to raise the percentage of eco-products used in office supplies.

* Includes the head offices of Sony Life and Sony Assurance, head office of Sony Bank, and CONSULTING PLAZA.
They conduct regular internal environmental audits of ISO14001-certified offices, and the audit results are reported to top management.

Reducing CO2 Emissions by Switching to Paperless Contract Procedures and Electronic Issuance of Documents

Picture of paperless application procedures that enable customers to use electronic signatures

Sony Financial Group has been striving to conserve paper resources and cut down on CO2 emissions related to postal mailings by shifting to paperless documentation for certain contract procedures and transactions.
Sony Life has adopted paperless approach across the whole contract process from buying policies through undergoing post-contract procedures and filing insurance/benefit claims. The company has also created a special website on which customers can view pamphlets and other documents, thus significantly reducing CO2 emissions and use of paper associated with mailing of printed documentation. By adopting remote interviews and processes, Sony Life contributes to reducing employees’ transport-related CO2 emissions when visiting customers. In the office, the company has adopted electronic workflow software to reduce paper use by stopping paper-based document circulation, signature seals, and storage.
Sony Assurance has made it possible to apply for automobile insurance policies, medical insurance policies, fire insurance policies and overseas travel insurance policies online, thereby avoiding the need for printing and mailing of insurance application forms and other documents. Also of note, Sony Assurance promotes reduction in the use of paper resources, exemplified by a paperless insurance certificate discount” of up to ¥500 on automobile and fire insurance premiums when customers who buy a policy online opt not to have certificates of insurance and other documents printed and mailed.
As an Internet bank, Sony Bank promotes paperless transactions by principally providing information on web pages and using electronic document delivery for delivering transaction slips, passbooks, explanations of products and delivery of forms to customers.

Donating to the Sorabear Foundation

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Solar panels donated by Sony Assurance

Automobile insurance, one of Sony Assurance's mainstay products, supports the automotive lifestyles of its customers. While automobiles add affluence and convenience to our lives, exhaust gases emitted while driving are a cause of global warming. For this reason, Sony Assurance considers promoting initiatives to prevent global warming, even a little, is its social responsibility. Teaming up with the Sorabear Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes the spread of renewable energies and environmental education, Sony Assurance has carried out a program to install solar power generators at kindergartens since 2009.
Since 2010, Sony Life has also participated in the activities of the Sorabear Foundation, making donations equivalent to some printing expenses, etc., which has been reduced with the introduction of the CD-ROM version (2010~2020) and the website version (since 2017) of "guidebook/policy conditions of insurance contracts."