The Seven & i Group believes that its important role is to contribute to achieving a sustainable society by providing socially and environmentally friendly products and services. Cooperation with our partners, such as franchisees and business partners is indispensable to provide them.
In every process from procuring raw materials to delivering products to customers, Seven & i Holdings believes that it must not only comply with laws and regulations, but it must also supply valuable products that show consideration for society and the environment. This will contribute to improving the sustainability of resources and is crucial to enhancing the strength of supply chains and ensuring business continuity. Partnerships are also important to solve social issues such as the SDGs and to create new experiential value.
To this end, we promote initiatives throughout the value chain, including our franchisees and business partners.
Modern slaves are individuals forced into labor, trafficking, sexual exploitation, forced marriage, etc., and it is said that there are about 40 million slaves throughout the world. According to studies, about 70% of these slaves are women, with children accounting for 25%*.
Against the backdrop of a multitude of social issues like these around the world, an increasing number of consumers are seeking to purchase goods produced through fair trade practices. With a heightened awareness of ethical consumption, it has become crucial to build sustainable business models across the entire supply chain.
Recently, as the impact of social issues has grown, it has become increasingly difficult for a single organization to solve them. That is the reason why SDGs call for the importance of partnerships. In addition, in order to respond to impending issues as early as possible and provide greater value, it is necessary to combine the knowledge and technologies of a diverse range of partners, not just one's own company.
By addressing this material issue, the Seven & i Group improves the resilience of its supply chain and contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Goals 1 and 8, 10, 12, 16, and 17.