Seven & i Holdings respects workers' rights such as the freedom of association, the right to organize and collective bargaining. In the Seven & i Group Corporate Action Guidelines, we have established the following principle: "The Company respects workers' rights, such as the right to organize, based on international norms and efforts to further improve the work environment."
At Seven & i Holdings, the Group's 11* labor unions form the Federation of Seven & i Group Labor Unions, which as of June 2016 has approximately 63,000 members. The federation carries out a variety of activities for union members based on the thinking that "no water can be drawn from a dry well." It also coordinates activities by holding discussions on organizational management, labor conditions and other issues pertaining to union members.
The member unions autonomously create their own independent organizations, and then they coordinate and join together for common causes. They complement one another's strengths and also work to improve shared labor conditions on a unified basis, which further reinforces both the individual unions and the federation itself. This is the basic approach through which activities are conducted. Seven & i Holdings and the labor unions work through numerous active discussions between labor and management to improve issues related to labor conditions and employees' workplace environments.
For example, at Ito-Yokado, a collaborative project has been established for making work improvements, including encouraging employees to make use of holidays and leave and by reducing long working hours. In the fiscal year ending February 28, 2017, labor and management are negotiating the establishment of a dedicated labor relations committee related to compliance and the optimization of operating hours based on market data and worker productivity.