Material Issue 4 Supporting the Active Role of Women, Youth and Seniors across the Group and in Society
Approach to Material Issues
The Seven & i Group has close to 140,000 employees working throughout the Group. Workplaces also include part-time employees, foreign nationals, and employees working short hours due to childcare and family care responsibilities. With this diverse workforce, we recognize that we have a duty as a corporation to support diverse working formats. We support the careers of our diverse employees and strive to create appealing workplaces that make work worthwhile. This enables us to steadily acquire diverse human resources, and also drives us to incorporate completely new ways of thinking and generate new value. It is therefore a source of competitiveness.
Policy Regarding CSR
Background to Material Issue
Population Aging and Decline in Productive-Aged Population
In Japan, the birth rate is in decline, and the population is advancing in age, leading the productive-aged population to decline. Over the next 30 years or so, the productive-aged population is projected to decline by over 20 million. For this reason, raising productivity by bolstering employee capacities and developing diverse personnel will help vitalize Japan’s economy and society.
Supporting Active Roles for Women
With the productive-aged population in decline, it is essential to promote active participation by women. However, many women are denied the opportunity to work, for example, because it is not possible to balance work with childcare, or because they have been unable to return to work after childcare. Furthermore, the ratio of women in management in Japan is relatively low by international standards at 12.5% (2015). Creating workplaces where women can play active roles is therefore an important task.
Promotional Framework for Material Issues
In response to this material issue, the CSR Management Committee, led by the president, and its subordinate Corporate Ethics and Culture Subcommittee, work together with the Group companies and related divisions to create environments that allow individual employees to perform to their full potential and promote the development of appealing, fulfilling workplaces. These activities are supervised by the Seven and i Holdings executive officer in charge of Corporate Communication.
Contribution to SDGs
Though its engagement in this material issue, Seven & i Holdings provides pleasant working conditions for people inside and outside the company regardless of gender or age, thereby contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10.
Seven & i Holdings’ Initiatives
Making Use of Diverse Human Resources
We aim to enhance our corporate competitiveness through active participation of diverse human resources with the goal of becoming a company with a sustainable competitive advantage.
Achieving a Work-Life Balance
We have a range of human resource systems in place to help employees to work more easily. We are also working to correct long working hours and encourage employees to take leave.
Support for Fostering More Capable Employees
We are helping to improve the skills and abilities of every employee by having each Group company develop training systems tailored to the business characteristics of each company and work to develop its human resources.
Assuring Fair Assessment and Treatment of Employees
We are operating various assessment systems for employees to maximize their individual abilities and ensure fair assessments free of unreasonable discrimination.
Sound Labor-Management Relations
We recognize various rights of workers based on international norms, such as the right of workers to organize, as we strive to enhance the workplace environment through dialogue with employees.