Sony is following the example of Netflix and is also setting up a million relief fund for those affected by the Corona crisis.
The "Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19" is to provide support in three areas. It will help those at the forefront of medical and primary health care in the fight against the virus, as well as the education sector and support members of the creative community in the entertainment industry, which has been severely affected by the corona crisis.
Kenichiro Yoshida, President and CEO of Sony Corporation: Sony sends his condolences to the families of those who have died as a result of the COVID 19 crisis and extends his sympathy to all those affected. In order to meet the unprecedented challenges we face as a society that we live in today around the world, we, as a global company, will do everything we can to support the people on the front line of the fight against COVID-19, the children who are our future, and those affected in the creative community. >/quote>
In terms of medical assistance, million of the Fund will initially be allocated to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO, which is funded by the UN Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, as well as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to assist medical personnel and other frontline individuals in the fight against the virus. Sony also intends to contribute to the treatment of the virus and support actions to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
In the area of education, where children lose educational opportunities due to school closures, Sony will explore ways to use its technologies to support educational activities and work with educators to implement these measures.
In addition, Sony will help the creative community to support artists and all industry professionals affected by the cancellation or postponement of concerts and live events or the closure of film and television productions.