Recently, various environmental issues arise on the earth. In particular, the emission of greenhouse gases (CO2, etc.), which leads to global warming, and biodiversity loss, which affects food and health, are issues common to all humankind because they affect the entire earth.
Since the Group mainly operates retail business, it can make the greatest contribution through product sales and other activities at stores and we believe that it is our social mission.
Any organizations consume energy and produce waste, whether on a large or small scale, when conducting business activities, and in addition to actions that can be easily incorporated into daily operations including energy saving and resource saving, which are regulated by laws, we will consider and implement other unique approaches to the extent humanly, technologically and economically feasible.
Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores and Consumer Product End-Use Research Institute operate ISO 14001-certified environmental management systems and implement sustainable improvement measures with participation by all workers to reduce environmental impact.
Recognizing our roles and responsibilities to hand down the irreplaceable global environment to the next generation, we at J. Front Retailing Group (the “Group”) proactively promote “environment-friendly corporate management” toward the “realization of a sustainable society” with customers, business partners and community members.
Recognizing our roles and responsibilities to hand down the irreplaceable global environment to the next generation, we at Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores (the “Company”) proactively promote “environment-friendly corporate management” toward the “realization of a sustainable society” with customers, business partners and community members.
Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores has expanded the ISO 14001 environmental management system to establish the environmental and social activities management system. In order to achieve the environmental and social activities policy, the Company promotes environmental and social activities at its stores by appointing the Senior Executive General Manager of Administration Headquarters as an “administrator,” Executive Store Managers and Store Managers as “managers” and division managers as “promotion managers.” “Promotion staff” in charge of practical operations is assigned to each division to support “promotion managers” and educate the members of each division including workers from suppliers and raise their awareness.
Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores has set company-wide medium-term goals under the Group Basic Mission Statement, Vision and Environmental and Social Activities Policy in light of environmental and social aspects, issues inside and outside the Company and risks.
FY2017 - 2021 Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores environmental numerical targets
|CO2 emissions (intensity) *1||0.0424||0.0414||0.0410||0.0405||0.0401|
|Energy consumption (intensity) *2||0.0204||0.0197||0.0196||0.0195||0.0193|
|Final waste disposal (intensity) *3||11.13||10.97||10.85||10.74||10.63|
|Food waste recycling rate *4||59.8%||57.0%||58.0%||59.0%||60.0%|
*1 Intensity: CO2 emissions (t-CO2) / Business hours (h) × Total floor area (m2)
CO2 emissions targets for FY2018 and beyond have been calculated using CO2 emission factor for FY2016.
*2 Intensity: Crude oil equivalent energy (kl) / Business hours (h) ×Total floor area (m2)
*3 Intensity: Final waste disposal volume (kg) / Sales (¥million)
*4 Volume of food waste recycled / Volume of food waste generated
I have trained the leaders of audit team four times since the audit in 2012 and directly led the audit team at the audit in 2018.
ISO management system standards have evolved and require organizations more strongly than ever to accomplish their original business purposes. The amendment of the standards made it clear that companies should integrate their business processes and management systems. In addition, the major feature of the amendment is to aim at business continuity, which will lead to differentiation from and advantage over other companies, by responding to any business environment in a timely manner and managing risks.
At an early stage, Daimaru Matsuzakaya, on its own, sought and built an environment management system integrated with its business activities. They have asked the certification body to conduct audits from that perspective since the standard version 2004. With a background like that, I think both the organization and the audit team could easily be aligned on the same vector for a transition to the version 2015. The greatest pillar of Daimaru Matsuzakaya’s environment management system is to see widely the “environment” not just as the natural environment in a narrow sense but as the work environment and the local environment and think about how they can make a social contribution to the local communities through business, try and make improvements. Offering and buying of eco-friendly products and proposals for and realization of various local events as well as reduction of CO2 and waste are exactly such activities. Therefore, when conducting audits, we strived to assess the effectiveness of challenges to problems and risks such as quality aspects and safety aspects more than standard aspects to the extent possible.
It is only thanks to the cooperation of the top management and other executives extended to us to make it easier for us to audit from two sides: the detection of events that obstruct the achievement of business purposes and the high evaluation of already good activities. We expect that Daimaru Matsuzakaya will use the management system effectively and further raise the level of the management system that begins to take root in the organization using the audit system and that each store will long contribute to the local community as the number one store in the area.