Material Issue 1

Providing Social Infrastructure in this era with an Aging Society and Declining Population

Approach to Material Issues

Seven & i Holdings is responding to changes in society - the increase in the employment rates of women and the elderly due to the reduction in working population arising from a declining birthrate and aging society, diversification of purchasing methods due to the advancement of a digital society, and the reduction of social bases following a declining population - and working to enhance the convenience of shopping while leveraging the unique aspects of the Group's business as a social infrastructure with a network of approximately 22,500 stores nationwide in Japan. We recognize that fulfilling these diverse needs of our customers is one of our most significant and unwavering roles in society and we will continue to satisfy the customer's needs.

Background to Material Issues

Changes in Shopping and Other Services Due to the Hollowing Out of Social Bases Following Aging Society, Declining Population, and the Advancement of the Digital Society

Japan is experiencing an aging society and declining population trends. By the year 2060, the national population will dip below 90 million and nearly 40% will be seniors*. The number of seniors living alone continues to increase each year, with the number expected to rise 1.75 times from the level in 2010 by 2035. The hollowing out of social infrastructures to support daily life following the declining population also stands as one of the major social issues. Forecasts suggest that the number of seniors living alone without walkable access to a supermarket with fresh produce and meat will double by 2030.
At the same time, due to the spread of digital devices and the establishment of communication infrastructure, customers' shopping habits and required services are also changing, such as in the methods for placing orders, payment, and picking up orders.

  • *Source: "Population Projections for Japan (2017)," National Institute of Population and Social Security Research
Number of Senior Living Alone
Annual Trend of E-Commerce Adoption Rate

Promotional Framework for Material Issues

In response to this material issue, the CSR Management Committee, led by the president, and its subordinate Social Value Creation Subcommittee, work together with the Group companies and related departments to develop various services as initiatives to resolve social issues through business activities, as well as monitoring the progress of activities and promoting new initiatives. These activities are supervised by the Director and Managing Executive Officer Head of the Corporate Development Division, Seven and i Holdings.

Contribution to SDGs

By addressing these material issues, the Seven & i Group is providing social infrastructure such as public services to a variety of people, including seniors, and contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 9, 11 and 16.

SDGs9 INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
SDGs11 SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
SDGs16 PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS

Seven & i Holdings' Initiatives