I am Kensuke Hosomi, Representative Director and President of FamilyMart Group.
FamilyMart group celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Since our founding, we have always regarded the communities we operate in as our “family”, and we constantly strive not only to provide convenience but also to cooperate with our communities and overcome challenges together.
One such challenge is the outbreak of the COVID-19, which has forced both individuals and organizations worldwide to fundamentally reexamine their conventional ideas and styles of operation. It is to be expected that digitalization would further accelerate with the imminent arrival of the “With Coronavirus” and “Post-Coronavirus” era. Climate change, a pressing common crisis for all humanity, has also driven numerous countries and regions to take action in regards to environmental concerns. Last year, the Japanese government declared its commitment to transform Japan into a carbon-neutral, carbon-free society by 2050, and announced in April this year that it aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 46% compared to 2013, by the year 2030.
In response to these developments, we have taken steps to achieve our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by identifying our material sustainability issues (Materialities). In our mid-to long-term environmental goals, “FamilyMart Environmental Vision 2050”, our revised greenhouse gas reduction target is now higher than the goal set by the government. We are also partaking in effective initiatives addressing environmental issues, such as supporting the TCFD[*1] (February 2020) and obtaining the SBT[*2] certification (March 2020).
Besides, we will further our cooperation with our franchised stores to tackle issues in the local community, such as our “Famima Children's Cafeteria” and “Famima Circle” for the elderly, both of which encourage locals to gather and mingle at our eating spaces, and “Famima Food Drive” which contributes to the reduction of food loss and encourages food support within communities.
Additionally, under FamilyMart’s Human Rights Policy, we ensure that respect for fundamental human rights is practiced throughout our supply chain. Moving forward, we will push stronger than ever for a corporate culture that is conducive for diverse human resources to play an active role and create innovations, by promoting diversity and inclusion.
Under our slogan; “FamilyMart, Where You Are One of the Family,” we aspire to become a convenience store that grows alongside communities, and accommodates the needs of each and every customer, just like family. We view our response to environmental and social issues as a great opportunity for growth, and we will continue to innovate with our stakeholders and move towards our SDGs goals.
Representative Director and President
March 1, 2021
[*1] TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures): Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures
[*2] SBT (Science Based Targets): Reduction scenarios and targets set based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) aimed at limiting global warming to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.