The Seven & i Group handles about 3 million product items at its stores at each company, and also develops a variety of private brand products. Because of this, we place the utmost importance on ensuring the quality of our products, including their safety and reliability. We also recognize the material issue of our role as a social infrastructure that can be used with peace of mind, even in emergencies such as natural disasters.
With the globalization of food and the occurrence in recent years of incidents and accidents that threaten food safety and security food, there is a growing interest in food safety, including the issues of controlling raw materials, food additives, and residual agrichemicals. In particular, answers to a survey by the Cabinet Office showed that about 70% of people feel uneasy about food safety and want companies to be required to further strengthen their quality control systems.
In recent years, floods and landslides due to heavy rain occur frequently, driven by climate change and other factors. Also, many natural disasters such as large‒scale earthquakes continue to occur in connection with the location of the Japanese archipelago. In Japan, especially, where many people suffer due to natural disasters, social infrastructure, such as the provision of the goods and services necessary for daily life, plays an important role when a large‒scale disaster occurs. The Company is expected to ensure business continuity to provide a safe and secure base.
This material issue is being promoted by collaboration between the Consumer Affairs and Fair Business Practices Subcommittee, and its parent organization, the CSR Management Committee, which is headed by the Executive Officer in charge of Corporate Communication at Seven & i Holdings, in collaboration with the Group companies and the respective divisions. The Group's Information Management Committee is promoting initiatives regarding information security.
By tackling this priority issue, Seven & i Holdings will provide living bases that ensure people's safety and security in the event of natural disasters due to climate change, and will contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goals 9 and 13.
We are working to adopt international management system standards and management techniques concerning quality and hygiene in order to provide safe and reliable products to customers.
We proactively disclose product traceability information (distribution history) in all processes from the procurement of raw materials to sales.
In light of customers' increasing health consciousness, we are working to reduce the use of food additives and provide nutritionally well balanced food.
We have set up a "customer consultation desk" at each Group company to obtain opinions, requests, and other feedback from customers and respond promptly, in order to improve products and services from the standpoint of customers.
We are implementing information security measures based on the belief that appropriately securing and managing the safety of information assets handled by the Seven & i Group is a vital responsibility.
We strive to label products accurately and clearly in order to provide an appropriate selection of product and service options for customers, while taking care to avoid any misleading labeling.
We cooperate with community crime prevention efforts in order to ensure that customers can visit and shop at our stores safely and reliably.
We endeavor to reopen stores promptly and keep stores open in the event of a disaster to fulfill our mission as a lifeline for communities.
Leveraging our strengths as a retailer, we are proactively procuring goods from business partners in the afflicted areas and selling them to customers across Japan.