Seven & i Holdings is working to raise the awareness of Group employees by providing them with environmental education and other initiatives. At the same time, it is emphasizing communication with customers, external environmental organizations and so forth.
Seven & i Holdings regularly holds training for new recruits and newly appointed corporate officers in line with the characteristics of each Group company. The aim is to instill basic knowledge and facilitate their understanding of environmental matters. In the fiscal year ending February 28, 2018, the Group has held e-learning for all Group employees, timed to coincide with Environment Month (June).
Since the fiscal year ended February 28, 2015, the Group has been encouraging employees to pass the Certification Test for Environmental Specialists (Eco Test) as a training tool for systematically acquiring a broad knowledge about increasingly diverse environmental problems. Each company supports test takers by subsidizing test fees, holding study sessions, and so forth. In the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017, 1,255 people took the test, with 983 of them passing (2,364 cumulative test passers since the fiscal year ended February 28, 2015). The Group is continuing to promote environmental education, aiming to achieve 12,000 test passers Groupwide by 2020.
Seven & i Holdings holds environmental events both within and outside the Company to provide opportunities to raise the environmental awareness of employees. For example, Group employees and 7-Eleven franchisees regularly participate in volunteer activities organized by the Seven-Eleven Foundation. Major activities include events such as forest care operations ranging from tree planting to tree thinning and undergrowth cutting at "Seven Forests" in 17 locations throughout Japan; marine afforestation initiatives to increase eelgrass, which purifies water and reduces CO2 in Tokyo Bay, thereby enriching the bay's marine environment; and cleanup activities on Mt. Fuji. In the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017, a total of 1,571 people took part in such events, comprising both Group employees and personnel from SEJ franchised stores.
Furthermore, in the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017, Seven & i Holdings held environmental study sessions using the Takao Forest and Nature School. York Mart teamed up with its labor union to hold a study tour on the environment for employees and their families.
Seven & i Holdings continues to make donations to various environmental organizations such as the Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund, which promotes wider awareness of biodiversity and supports the nature protection projects of environmental and wildlife preservation group WWF Japan and various NGOs in and outside of Japan.
In addition, SEJ has been conducting environmentally themed social contribution activities together with franchised stores through the Seven-Eleven Foundation since 1993. Based on contributions*1from customers collected through collection boxes placed at the counters of 7-Eleven stores, along with donations from SEJ and other funds, the Seven-Eleven Foundation engages in environmental citizenship activity support projects, natural environment protection and conservation projects, publicity projects, and disaster recovery assistance projects. One of the major pillars of the environmental citizenship activities*2 is the funding of NPOs conducting regional environmental activities. The foundation has been calling for applications from NPOs each year since 2001, with the goal of seeing regional donations used to support regional environmental activities. Over the past 15 years in total, the foundation has provided approximately \1,857.34 million in funding for 2,947 activities.
The Seven-Eleven Foundation operates the Kusu Furusato Nature School located in Kokonoe Town, Kusu District, Oita Prefecture and the Takao Forest Nature School in Hachioji City, Tokyo based on the principle of "Learning from nature: how to promote coexistence and mutually beneficial relationships between people and nature and the natural environment and local communities." The Kujuu Furusato Nature School is engaged in projects to protect and preserve the nature of Kujuu and to create towns where the crested ibis can also live. The school's efforts to promote creation of rice fields that coexist with nature and where living things can thrive has been designated as a project in coordination with the Japan Committee for the United Nations Decade of Biodiversity. The Takao Forest Nature School is a collaborative project with the Tokyo metropolitan government, operating in a forest of approximately 26.5 ha owned by Tokyo Metropolis. The school's programs include bird watching, volunteer experiences in the forest, flora observation, and craft work.
|*1.||Storefront donations collected in the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017 amounted to \441,234,051. The total amount of storefront donations collected since the fiscal year ended February 28, 1995 is \6,617,039,244|
|*2.||Assistance for environmental NPOs through public support in the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017 (including recipients of ongoing support): 304 support projects; \182,454,549 provided in total|
We receive and respond to opinions and requests relating to the environment from customers and civic groups at the customer service offices at each Group company and at the CSR Department of Seven & i Holdings. In 2014, when we identified the material issues that Seven & i Holdings should address, we incorporated the opinions of stakeholders including customers, business partners, shareholders and other investors, as well as those of CSR experts.
Seven & i Holdings makes policy recommendations during the drafting of laws and operational rules by participating as necessary in meetings organized by government organizations, central government ministries and agencies, and industry groups, as well as in other forums.
For example, in the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017, Seven & i Holdings participated in the Small Electric Appliances Investigation Committee hosted by the Ministry of the Environment. We provided opinions on initiatives for promoting awareness of small electric appliance recycling from a retail business perspective. In conjunction, Group company IY held an awareness-raising event and small electric appliance collection drive for head office employees, among other initiatives.