Material Issue 2Providing Safety and Reliability through Products and Stores

Appropriate Sales and Information Disclosure for Products and Services

Seven & i Holdings ensures that it conducts responsible marketing activities to provide safe and reliable products and services to its customers. Seven & i Holdings Corporate Action Guidelines stipulate “We seek to display information that is accurate, easy to understand, and truthful so that customers can make an appropriate selection of products and services.” Moreover, each Group company strives to confirm the following points, when it transmits information to customers.

  • We will take our customer’s perspective and provide beneficial information to them, even if the information is negative for us from the business perspective. (e.g.: Consumption of this product may be hazardous for health)
  • For information such as images and recordings distributed as commercials and advertisements, we will use appropriate expressions for the audience.
  • We will provide information that meets or exceeds the legally mandatory level with regard to health, environment, and other sustainability aspects.

Establishment of Management System for Information Provided to Customers

The Seven & i Group verifies in advance that product and price information listed in advertising media, including newspaper inserts, pamphlets, and television commercials, is accurate and that they contain no information that might mislead customers.

For example, Ito-Yokado requires a prior approval from its Fair Trade Committee Office when listing dual prices with the sales price and a comparison price, or discounts, in newspaper inserts and other media.

Employee Training on Product Labeling

Seven & i Holdings conducts regular, group training twice a year based on laws governing labeling such as the Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Food Labeling Act for newly assigned purchasing personnel at Group companies to provide basic knowledge on improper labeling and excessive gifts or giveaways prohibited under laws and regulations. In the fiscal year ended February 29, 2020, 237 employees at 17 companies underwent this training. In addition, e-learning is conducted for Group personnel involved in procurement and division staff. In the fiscal year ended February 29, 2020, 19,373 employees from 23 companies underwent this training.

Group training on labeling

Prevention of Improper Labeling

Seven & i Holdings has established the “Group Discretionary Guideline on Imprecise Labeling,” on product labeling for the Group to prevent the use of expressions that could mislead customers. The guideline is thoroughly taught to and implemented by product development and quality control staff at each Group company. For example, the expression “permanent” is not used in principle as it is difficult to rationally present the permanent efficacy of a product in the future.

Prevention of the Sale of Alcohol and Tobacco to minors

The Seven & i Group companies sell alcoholic beverages and tobacco and recognize that it is a corporate social responsibility to take appropriate measures to prevent the drinking and smoking of people under the age of 20.

7-Eleven stores put up posters stating "Age verification is being conducted" near the checkout counters selling alcoholic beverages and tobacco and verify the age of purchasers who seem under 20 and 20s with their identification card. Besides, in cooperation with the Japan Franchise Association, Seven-Eleven Japan has established 3 months a year as a month of strengthening age verification at the time of sales of alcoholic beverages and tobacco. Seven-Eleven Japan educates and enlightens its franchisee employees not to sell them to anyone under the age of 20.

Ito-Yokado is working to prevent the sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco to customers under 20 years of age. To raise customer awareness, it posts displays to let customers identify which products are alcohol. It makes sure to post notices informing customers that it will not sell alcohol and tobacco to customers who cannot be confirmed that they are 20 or older. All store employees receive training on how to verify the age of consumers upon joining the company. Besides, staff in charge of cash registers conducts call-and-response training to prevent the sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco to minors before the beginning of their daily shifts. The Training Division of its head office periodically checks the implementation status.

Alcoholic beverages of Seven Premium, the Seven & i Group's private brand, are labeled following the "Voluntary code for the advertising and marketing of alcoholic beverages and the labeling of alcohol beverage containers" established by the Japan Liquor Industry Council. The Seven & i Group stores that handle alcoholic beverages sell non-alcoholic beverages that can be alternatives to alcoholic beverages for customers over the age of 20.

Poster informing customers about age checks

Poster informing customers about age checks

Cashiers receiving training on the sale of alcohol and tobacco

Initiatives for Material Issue 2