Sony Establishes Global $100 Million Covid-19 Relief Fund

Headquarters of Sony Corp. in Tokyo. Credit: AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama

Sony has established a $100 million fund to help medical workers, children and educators, and creatives in the entertainment industry.

Sony has announced a $100 million fund to help key people in the medical, education and entertainment industry affected by the global Covid-19 pandemic. As more and more people in the entertainment industry especially are affected with lost work and cancelled contracts, it’s commendable to see Sony rise to pledge this support. Of course, it’s not only creatives and entertainment industry professionals. Sony are committing to assist educators and medical professionals on the front line of this ongoing pandemic.

Medical Response

It will be giving $10 million to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO powered by the UN Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, also Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This will assist front line medical workers and their response efforts to the virus.

Sony is exploring ways to work with its partners to support activities that contribute to the treatment of the COVID-19 virus and the prevention of the further spread of the disease.

Education

Sony is exploring ways it can leverage its technologies to support education activities and cooperate with educators. School closures have affected children globally, and while remote learning is a solution, education opportunities are being lost.

Creative Community

Sony has committed to seek ways of supporting up-and-coming creators, artists and professionals in music, pictures, games and animation, and those supporting the entertainment industry that are impacted by the cancellation and postponement of events, and film and television productions.

Sony are also implementing a matching gift program to match donations by its 110,000 employees globally.

These are the details given by Sony so far on these efforts. We will be sure to update any further details as they are published.

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