Material Issue 4 Supporting the Active Role of Women, Youth and Seniors across the Group and in Society

Consideration for Employee Health and Occupational Safety and Health

Seven & i Holdings conducts a variety of initiatives for the Group’s sustainable growth and promoting the health of local communities, including formulating the Seven & i Health Declaration NEXT that states three goals, and convening safety and health committees for the purpose of maintaining comfortable working conditions.


Three Goals of the Seven & i Health Declaration NEXT

  • We will understand our own health issues, and take actions toward improvement.
  • We will realize working conditions where all employees can work with vitality.
  • We will continue to be a company that supports the everyday health of our customers through “health conscious” products and services.

Message from the President

Seven & i Holdings thinks that promoting the health of employees will bring vitality to the entire Company, and in addition, contribute toward improving society’s quality of life (QOL). We support each employee’s proactive initiative to promote health. Therefore, in October 2014, we started the Seven & i Health Declaration 2018 that sought to improve employee health and QOL, and enhance our corporate vitality. Through conducting a variety of initiatives related to health, we have reaped certain results.

In view of this, we formulated the Seven & i Health Declaration NEXT which states three new goals that seeks to further strengthen our initiatives, and are starting on those initiatives.

This declaration sets themes related to individual employees, the Company, and society respectively, and aims to improve results through specific measures.

Promoting the health of employees will be the foundation for improving individual QOL, widen opportunities for further participation by each person at work, and become the source of our Group’s sustainable growth.

In addition, based on the basic principle of providing safe and reliable products, we will work to support the health of the customers who use our Group’s stores and products on a regular basis, and also contribute toward promoting the health of local communities through measures such as product development that works on reducing additives while being particular about taste and quality; being thorough in the labelling of food ingredients which is of high concern to customers; development and provision of products supporting health; and support for healthy dietary habits and dietary education.

Going forward, Seven & i Holdings will deepen our initiatives contributing to the healthy growth and development of people’s lives and society from the viewpoint of being close to daily lives, and aim to be a Company that is trusted and needed by employees and society.

October 2019

Ryuichi Isaka

President and Representative Director

Specific Initiatives of the Seven & i Health Declaration NEXT

【Initiatives for individuals】

Theme 1: Initiatives for maintaining health, preventing illnesses, and returning to health

Details : Understand health issues, and carry out initiatives toward improvement

  •      ●Enhancement of regular health checks
  •      ●Initiatives for preventing illnesses and early discovery of illnesses
  •      ●Measures for the prevention from lifestyle diseases
  •      ●Initiatives for reduction of smoking rate
  • Theme 2: Initiatives for promoting health that also utilizes IT
    • Details : Develop health awareness using IT (wearables and apps)


      【Initiatives for workplaces】

      Theme 1: Comfortable working conditions where people can work with healthy minds and bodies

      Details : Promote work-life balance through putting in place appropriate labor environments

      •      ●Improvement of working hours
      •      ●Encouraging employees to take day offs and acquire leave, and effectively utilizing them

               Initiatives for improving mental and physical health

    •      ●Understanding organizational issues using surveys and initiatives toward improvement
    •      ●Preventing mental illness through conducting mental health training
    •      Initiatives for promoting communication

      •      ●Establishing workplace environment toward enlivening communication within the company
    •      ●Conducting events for employee interaction
  •         Initiatives for establishing environments and support for balancing work and recuperation

  • Theme 2: Establishment of healthy and comfortable working environments

    Details : Establish working environments toward prevention of passive smoking

    •      ●Establishing environments that prohibit smoking/ separate smoking areas from non-smoking areas

           Installation of spaces for relaxation

    •      ●Installing spaces for relaxation that anyone can easily use

           Initiatives for establishing working environments and rescue toward prevention of workplace accidents

    •      ●Thoroughly preventing workplace accidents and deeply enrooting first aid knowledge


    【Initiatives for society】

    Theme 1: Initiatives to support health in society—contributing to SDGs

    Details : Develop safe and reliable products

    •      ●Reducing use of food additives
    •      ●Labeling of nutritional components and allergy information

             Development and provision of health support products

    •      ●Expanding the “Good Health Starts with this Hand” series (Seven-Eleven Japan)
    •      ●Developing and deploying products under the Seven Premium health series

             Support for healthy dietary habits through various ways

    •      ●Providing information on healthy dietary habits through cooking support (Ito-Yokado)
    •      ●Supporting dietary habits through meal kits and frozen foods

             nitiatives to support health in collaboration with local governments

             ●Conducting health events using event spaces of stores

Initiatives for the Group’s sustainable growth and Promoting the health of local communities

When employees are healthy both mentally and physically, it not only makes their own lives more fulfilling but is also a source of vitality for the Company, and makes management more efficient. Based on this understanding, Seven & i Holdings launched the “Seven & i Health Declaration 2018” in October 2014 in partnership with Seven & i Holdings Health Insurance Union. To further strengthen initiatives, the “Seven & i Health Declaration NEXT” was formulated in October 2019. Promotion of health and productivity management was incorporated into the Corporate Ethics and Culture Subcommittee under the CSR Management Committee chaired by the President and Representative Director of Seven & i Holdings, and various measures are being promoted in collaboration with human resources and labor relations supervisors at each Group company, led by the Seven & i Holdings Personnel Planning Dept., Health Management Center and Health Insurance Union.

The Seven & i Health Declaration NEXT establishes targets in such areas as reducing the risk of lifestyle diseases, reducing the smoking rate, improving the percentage of annual paid leave taken, and reducing long working hours. The MY HEALTH WEB Health Management System, a portal website, is being used as a support measure for these targets. We also hold mental health training and health-themed events, offer low-calorie, low-sodium menu items at the staff cafeteria, and provide health-related information through internal Group newsletters and other media, and help employees maintain and manage their own health to raise awareness about health.

The MY HEALTH WEB Health Management System in particular allows individuals to browse the past five years of their own health checkup data on the Internet, and serves as a tool for checking and goal-setting on health status, and for receiving advice on how to improve health. It also has an environment which allows use through a smartphone app.

Furthermore, Group companies have taken steps to implement appropriate health and productivity management based on the Industrial Safety and Health Act by ensuring that all employees receive regular health checks and follow up on the results, as well as making sure that stress checks are implemented for everyone.

In March 2020,this initiative was highly rate and six Group companies - Seven & i Holdings, SEJ, Sogo & Seibu, YB, Seven & i Food Systems, and York Mart - were recognized in the 2020 Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization White 500 held by the Ministry of Economy. Trade and Industry and the Nippon Kenko Kaiji:.

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Seven & i Health Declaration NEXT

Targets Specific Targets to Be Achieved by March 31, 2023

1. Control to achieve appropriate bodyweight

Ratio of People with a BMI over 25*1
FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 March 31, 2023 Target
Male 35.5% 37.6% 38.5% 39.6% 28% or less
Female 25.6% 26.8%



18% or less
2. Reduce smoking rate Overall Employee Smoking Rate*1
FY2017 FY2018



March 31, 2023 Target









20% or less

3. Improve the percentage of annual paid leave taken

At least 70% for percentage of annual paid leave taken
4. Reduce long working hours Less than 5% for percentage of employees with long working hours (45 hours or more of overtime work in a month)

5. Increase the number of health support products developed by the Company

6. Increase the number of cooking support*2 with health as the theme

  • 1 BMI and smoking data are totals for 23 Group companies participating in the Seven & i Holdings Health Insurance Society
  • 2 Proposal of menu items at stores

Providing healthy, balanced meals to employees

Seven & i Food Systems operates employee cafeterias in 152 locations that provide health-conscious meals throughout Seven & i group stores and offices. For example, at Seven & i Holdings Headquarter office, in order to respond to the health needs of various employees, it offers five different types of the balanced menu daily, including a menu that takes nutrition and health into consideration. We also incorporate menu items that increase food diversity, such as featuring in production areas and seasonal ingredients.

The menu provided discloses the information of total calorie, protein, fat, and salt content; the portion size of the bowl of rice can also be adjusted. As for nutritional education, employees can access Seven & i Food Systems nutritionists' advice through monthly nutritional tips, how to consume healthy food at employee dining halls, and "health support day" is held once every month; providing more than 120 grams of vegetables per meal. There is also nudging to raise awareness of healthy eating habits (e.g., reduce the use of condiments such as soy sauce or dressings).


Examples of the menu: The meal set A : Total calorie 600kcal or less, salt 3g or less

As measures to prevent COVID-19, employee cafeterias have set up sanitation and segmentation, secured social disincentives, and started take-out service.

Prevention of Workplace Accidents

Seven & i Holdings convenes safety and health committees at each Group company in accordance with laws and regulations and implements improvements to the workplace environment including working conditions, and also conducts measures to prevent workplace accidents. For example, at IY, training is conducted on the handling of knives and other implements for employees that work with fresh food products.

In addition, at Seven & i Food Systems, awareness-raising posters and other campaign materials are posted at stores three times a year to bring attention to the prevention of workplace accidents. At stores where workplace accidents have occurred, interviews are conducted and the causes of the accident and specific prevention measures are shared with other stores.

Workplace Accident Data for Eight Group Companies for the Fiscal Year Ended February 28, 2021

Seven & i Holdings SEJ IY Sogo & Seibu YB Seven & i Food Systems Akachan Honpo Seven Bank
Workplace accident frequency(LTIFR) 0.00 0.72 1.53 0.24 3.40 0.65 0.86 0.00
Workplace accident severity 0.00 0.02 0.04 0.00 0.01 0.03 0.03 0.00
  • *
  • No workplace accidents resulted in deaths.

Workplace Accident Data for Eight Group Companies for the Fiscal Year Ended February 29, 2020

Seven & i Holdings SEJ IY Sogo & Seibu YB Seven & i Food Systems Akachan Honpo Seven Bank
Workplace accident frequency(LTIFR) 0.00 0.54 1.37 0.69 3.58 1.18 0.33 0.00
Workplace accident severity 0.00 0.01 0.03 0.01 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.00
  • *
  • No workplace accidents resulted in deaths.

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