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Material Issue 1Providing Social Infrastructure for an Aging Society and Declining Population

Approach to Material Issues

Seven & i Holdings is working to enhance the convenience of shopping while leveraging the unique aspects of its business and some 20,000-store network as a form of social infrastructure to support consumers inconvenienced by shopping and to respond to changes taking place in society. These changes include Japan's decrease in population brought on by a declining birthrate and aging society, the advancement of women in society, and the declining number of retail stores, among others. We recognize that fulfilling these diverse needs of our customers is one of our most important and unwavering roles in society. We will continue to tackle these issues as our most importance issues.

Background to Material Issues

Inconvenience of shopping and other services due to the hollowing out of lifestyle hubs following the aging of society and decline of the population

Japan is experiencing an aging society and declining population. By the year 2060, the country's population will dip below 90 million and nearly 40% will be seniors*. The number of seniors living alone continues to increase each year, with the number expected to rise 1.5-fold from the level in 2010 by 2030.
Meanwhile, the hollowing out of lifestyle hubs following the declining population stands as one of Japan's major social issues. Forecasts suggest that the number of seniors living alone without walkable access to a supermarket with fresh produce and meat will double by the year 2030.

  • * Source: FY2013 Population Estimates, Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
[Number of Seniors Living Alone] 2010: 4980 thousand persons, 2015: 6008 thousand persons, 2020: 6679 thousand persons, 2025: 7007 thousand persons, 2030: 7298 thousand persons (The number of seniors living alone will increase 1.5 times) Source: Statistics from the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research
[Declining number of social infrastructure facilities] 2014 Current Survey for Commerce, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Overview of Report on Public Health Administration and Services, 2014, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Volatile Oil Sales Companies, 2015, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Registration base)

Promotional Framework for Material Issues

In response to these material issues, Group companies develop a variety of services to resolve social issues through the core operations. Confirmation of the progress on these services and new initiatives are conducted mainly by the CSR Management Committee and its subordinate Social Value Creation Subcommittee, under the charge of the Seven & i Holdings Director & Executive Officer and Senior Officer of the Corporate Social Responsibility Department.

Contribution to SDGs

By addressing these material issues, Seven & i Holdings is providing social infrastructure such as public services to a variety of people, including the elderly, and contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 9 and 11.

SDGs9 INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
SDGs11 SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

Seven & i Holdings' Initiatives

Shopping Support

We are working to create new "shopping support" services to assist customers for whom shopping is an inconvenience.

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Reducing Housework

We are developing and selling cooked meal products based on the concept of individual servings, small volume, and simplicity for those who find meals inconvenient or difficult.

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Expanding Services as a Form of Social Infrastructure

We are providing public services to alleviate inconvenience for those whose lifestyles are affected by the decline in neighborhood social infrastructure.

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Providing Services to a Wide Range of Customers

We are expanding services and supporting shopping to enable all customers to visit and shop at our stores with ease and peace of mind.

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