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, 2019, in addition to environmental lectures conducted by outside instructors that were held for all Group employees as well as programs such as environmental study sessions at the Takao Forest and Nature School operated by the Seven-Eleven Foundation together with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, activities such as the collection and recycling of unneeded smartphones and mobile phones were conducted as well. These efforts imparted knowledge and facilitated consideration of the environment by employees while allowing them to enjoy themselves.
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, 2019, 2,363 employees passed the test (cumulative total of 6,515 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 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 20 locations throughout Japan; marine afforestation initiatives to cultivate eelgrass habitats, which purify water and reduce CO2, thereby enriching the marine environments in Tokyo Bay and Osaka Bay; and conservation activities on Mt. Fuji. In the fiscal year ended February 28, 2019, a total of 2,754 people took part in such events, including personnel from SEJ franchised stores and Head Office employees as well as Group employees.
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 18 years in total, the foundation has provided \2,177,870,961 in funding for 3,520 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, 2019 amounted to \375,482,345.
The total amount of storefront donations collected since the fiscal year ended February 28, 1995 is \7,464,558,406.
- Assistance for environmental NPOs through public support in the fiscal year ended February 28, 2019 (including recipients of ongoing support): 271 support projects; \153,957,167 provided in total
Takao Forest and Nature School
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 feedback departments at each Group company and at the Sustainability Promotion 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.