Material Issue 3 Non‒Wasteful Usage of Products, Ingredients and Energy
Internal and External Communication
Seven & i Holdings is working to raise the awareness of Group employees by providing them with environmental education and so on. At the same time, it is emphasizing communication with customers, external environmental organizations and others.
Promoting Environmental Education of Employees and Taking the Certification Test for Environmental Specialists
Seven & i Holdings regularly holds training for new recruits and newly appointed managers in line with the characteristics of each Group company. The aim is to instill basic knowledge and facilitate their understanding of environmental matters.
Specifically, June has been designated as Group Environment Month, and various programs are conducted to raise employee awareness and understanding. In the fiscal year ended February 28, 2018, environmental e-learning and environmental lectures conducted by outside instructors were held for all employees as well as programs that impart knowledge and facilitate consideration of the environment by employees while enjoying themselves such as environmental study sessions at the Takao Forest and Nature School operated by the Seven-Eleven Foundation and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and collection and recycling of unneeded small consumer electronic devices.
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. With a target of having 12,000 Group employees pass the Eco Test by 2020, each company supports test takers by subsidizing test fees, holding study sessions, and so forth. In the fiscal year ended February 28, 2018, 1,713 employees passed the test (cumulative total of 4,151 people passing the test since the fiscal year ended February 28, 2015).
Holding Environmental Events
Seven & i Holdings holds environmental events both within and outside the Company to provide opportunities to raise 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 18 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 conservation activities on Mt. Fuji. In the fiscal year ended February 28, 2018, a total of 2,003 people took part in such events, comprising both Group employees and personnel from SEJ franchised stores.
Support for NPOs and Other Environmental Organizations
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, as well as WWF Japan and various NGOs in and outside of Japan.
In addition, SEJ has been conducting environment-themed social contribution activities together with franchised stores through the Seven-Eleven Foundation since 1993. Based on contributions*1 from 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 17 years in total, the foundation has provided \2,024,766,181 in funding for 3,249 activities.
The Seven-Eleven Foundation operates the Kokonoe 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 Kokonoe 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.
- Storefront donations collected in the fiscal year ended February 28, 2018 amounted to \472,036,817.
The total amount of storefront donations collected since the fiscal year ended February 28, 1995 is \7,089,076,061
- Assistance for environmental NPOs through public support in the fiscal year ended February 28, 2018 (including recipients of ongoing support): 302 support projects; \167,417,785 provided in total
Collection box placed on counters in stores
Kokonoe Furusato Nature School
Responding to Opinions and Requests
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 Sustainability Development 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.