Sony Corporation of America Achieves ISO 14001 Certification

PRNewswire-FirstCall
NEW YORK
Apr 22, 2002

Sony Corporation of America (SCA) today announced that its North American operating units have received ISO 14001 International Environmental Management System standards certification from the British Standards Institution (BSI).

The certification covers all 73 of SCA's non-manufacturing operations in North America, including those of Sony Corporation of America, Sony Music Entertainment Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony of Canada Ltd., and Sony Electronics Inc. It also covers AIWA America.

"This certification is part of Sony's overall effort to preserve and enhance the environment, and protect the safety and health of our employees, customers and neighbors," said Mark Small, vice president for corporate environment, safety and health issues at Sony Electronics.

"Sony's commitment to environmental causes is impressive," said Bill Hoellrich, vice president of operations at BSI. "Sony has embraced and implemented the principles of ISO 14001, and we're confident they will seek continuous improvement in their environmental and worksite programs."

The environmental efforts of SCA companies include recycling, energy conservation, waste reduction, and health and safety, including fire and emergency preparedness. The company has also undertaken an internal education program to ensure that employees are aware of the steps that they can take to improve the environment.

Previously Sony had succeeded in earning ISO 14001 certification for all of its manufacturing sites worldwide. In addition, the company has achieved a reduction or recycling rate of greater than 95% at 17 sites, introduced products with lead-free solder and halogen-free printed wiring boards, and realized a reduction and replacement of packaging materials.

ABOUT ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is a management system that empowers an organization to address the impact on the environment of its activities, services, products and people, and to take steps to identify significant aspects, and implement environmental management programs to control and improve them.

About Sony Corporation of America

Sony Corporation of America, based in New York City, is the U.S. subsidiary of Sony Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo. Sony is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its music, motion picture, television, computer entertainment, and on-line businesses make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony's principal U.S. businesses include Sony Electronics Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment Inc., and Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. Also under the auspices of SCA is Sony of Canada Ltd. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of over $58.5 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001, and it employs 181,800 people worldwide. Sony Corporation of America recorded over $17.4 billion in sales in the U.S. for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001. Sony Corporation of America's homepage is: http://www.sony.com/SCA/index.html.

ABOUT BSI

Established in 1901, BSI is a group of complementary businesses, all working toward the same vision of supporting business improvement and trade worldwide through universal adoption of best management practices, reduction of risk throughout the trading process, and the harmonization and acceptance of international standards by consent as a means of achieving economic prosperity. With its roots in the standardization of the early railway systems, civil engineering and construction, BSI has been synonymous with best practice for over a century.

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SOURCE: Sony Corporation of America

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