Seven & i Holdings participates in Seven Forest creation activities to contribute to the prevention of global warming and conservation of biological diversity.
Seven & i Holdings participates in Seven Forest creation activities run by the Seven-Eleven Foundation at 17 locations across Japan to help prevent global warming and contribute to the maintenance and conservation of biodiversity.
The Seven Forest creation concept is a forest nurturing project that includes tree planting, undergrowth clearing, and forest thinning. Japan implements a cycle for planting, nurturing and harvesting trees and then replanting new ones. It takes decades to nurture a tree, during which time people systematically carry out forest conservation activities to protect forests. Trees create water that is rich in minerals and by releasing it into rivers and oceans, they protect biodiversity and help to prevent global warming.
Seven Forest creation activities are carried out by employee volunteers from 7-Eleven franchised stores and Group companies under collaboration agreements with forestry cooperatives, NPOs and others throughout Japan. In the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017, activities were held 23 times and a total of 1,571 people participated.
Another forestry issue in Japan is the need to encourage greater use of wood materials collected from forest thinning activities. Wood material collected from Seven Forest is used within the Group for store materials and office supplies, as well as commercialization to promote use of national resources.
Overview of Seven Forest Creation Activities
The Seven-Eleven Foundation was established in 1993 for 7-Eleven stores and the Head Office to work together as one on environmentally themed CSR activities. Using money collected from in-store donation boxes and donations from the Head Office, the foundation engages in projects related to environmental citizenship activity support, conservation, and disaster reconstruction assistance. In the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017, in-store donations totaled around \440 million and around \180 million was used to give grants to 304 environmental citizenship grant projects (including ongoing projects), which support environmental activities by local residents.