The Seven & i Group handles about 3 million items of products at each company's stores, and also develops a variety of products as private brands. Because of this, we are committed to ensure the quality of our products, including their safety and reliability. We also recognize that it is significant to always put ourselves in the customer's shoes and to take into consideration the health of our customers by providing nutritionally balanced products, using reliable raw materials, and reducing the use of additives. These efforts not only earn the trust of our customers but also create new business opportunities to meet customers' needs. As a Group that handles many of the necessities of our customers' lives, we continue to promote these initiatives.
With the globalization of food and recent incidents and accidents that threaten food safety and security, there has been growing interest in food safety, including the issues of controlling raw materials, food additives, and displaying information about allergens. Answers to a survey by the Cabinet Office showed that about 60% of people feel uneasy about food safety, and there is a need to further strengthen their quality control systems for companies.
Although the average life expectancy is increasing year by year, there is a gap of about 10 years between healthy life expectancy, which is the period during which people can live without being limited in their daily lives by health problems, and the average life expectancy. It is important to extend healthy life expectancy and narrow the gap between healthy life expectancy and average life expectancy.
By addressing this material issue, the Seven & i Group will provide products and services that support safe, secure, and healthy lifestyles and contribute to achieving goals 2 and 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals.