Sony reportedly decided to donate over $100,000 to a reproductive rights charity, although the company is not planning to publicly announce the donations and will forbid its employees to make public statements on the matter.
Sony reportedly intends to donate over $100,000 to a reproductive rights charity. However, the company's plans apparently do not include a public announcement on the matter.
According to Washington Post, the donations will be led by Insomniac Games, the developer behind Ratchet and Clank and Marvel’s Spider-Man – the outlet cites an internal letter from CEO Ted Price which reads that the company is pledging $50,000 to the Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP).
According to the letter, Sony will match this donation as well as any donations from individual Insomniac employees if they make them via the company’s PlayStation Cares program. The company is also said to provide financial assistance to those employees who need to travel to different states for reproductive care.
However, Sony is not planning to publicly announce the donations. Apart from that, Insomniac employees are not allowed to mention the studio or Sony on any social networks in messages related to WRRAP as well as make any statements concerning reproductive rights.
Answering an employees question about what would happen if Insomniac mentioned the donation on social media, Price wrote: "There would be material repercussions for us as a wholly owned subsidiary. Among other things, any progress that we might make in helping change [Sony Interactive Entertainment’s] approach would be stopped dead in its tracks. We’d also probably be severely restricted from doing important public-facing work in the future."
The news appeared shortly after PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan sent an email to the company's employees in which he addressed the recent debate around leaked US Supreme Court draft decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade – the 1973 ruling which protects women's right to an abortion.
According to Bloomberg, the employees were displeased with the letter due to the fact that Ryan didn't take a particular stance on the matter just saying that the employees have to "respect differences of opinion among everyone in our internal and external communities" as well as its lighthearted tone (as the head of the company devoted several paragraphs to talks about his cats' recent birthdays).