Promotion ESD (Education for Sustainable Development)
UNY offers a children's environmental education program for the children who will be responsible for realizing a sustainable society. Through activities that include studying stores, experiencing farm work, and exploring the natural environment, children learn about things such as the environment, social contribution, food problems, and the importance of life. The program incorporates the concept of ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) with the hope of nurturing children's ability to live among nature in all its beauty. With the incorporation of the ESD into the SDGs, which were adopted in 2015, we will seek to make even greater contributions to sustainable development.
As part of its focus on achieving a more sustainable society, UNY is working with community FamilyMartmembers, customers, business partners, and employees to “develop people, manufacturing, and communities” with an emphasis on achieving harmony between the environment, the economy, and society. We are also engaged in building a new corporate function in the form of local community spaces at its stores for people to gather.
Furthermore, along with holding information exchange sessions and workshops for our business partners, waste treatment contractors, and recycling contractors, we provide the tenants in our stores with opportunities to learn about environmental conservation. The store tours that we conduct for consumer groups, public environmental lecture groups, and other outside organizations are garnering attention from many different people, including overseas visitors. As means of improving environmental awareness among our employees, we provide them with training at our stores and offices with regard to environmental policy and environmental conservation activities, and have added environment-related pages to their pocket guides, which contain an in-house newsletter and company regulations.
Re DESIGN PROJECT: Making the World Happier Through Shopping!
In an effort to support manufacturing, we have also established the Re DESIGN Project, through which we connect the planet, young people, people with disabilities, and our customers under the theme, "For a Happier Shopping Experience."
Fiber companies and fiber trading companies provide the Re DESIGN Project with circulative resources like non-standard products and cloth scraps, which design school students use to design new products. These products are then produced in local support facilities for people with disabilities, and sold in a limited number of UNY stores. This project received a Special Award in the Good Life Awards hosted by the Ministry of the Environment.
Aichi Sustaina Research Center
At UNY, we also take part in Aichi Sustaina Research Center, a collaborative project with Aichi Prefecture in which university students with an interest in environmental issues and companies in need of young people come together to solve issues that these companies face. It is a "People Development" project, in that it allows us to help local communities and engage in eco-friendly activities from a global perspective.
Our efforts in this project have included discussions with university students regarding PR methods that would allow UNY's eco-friendly "eco!on" products to be more widely known by our customer base.
Visiting lectures for local communities
We are a member of the Environmental Partnership Organizing Club (EPOC), based out of the Chubu district. In addition to conducting interactive environmental lectures that make use of educational tools and facilities owned by member companies, we conducts a wide range of environmental awareness raising activities in conjunction with government agencies and other organizations. We hold visiting lectures themed on “environmentally-conscious shopping” at local elementary schools and children's centers as a means of providing environmental education together with community members.
Learning via the power of communities
As an environmental education initiative carried out in collaboration with organizations that include local NPOs and volunteers, UNY conducts the Course to develop volunteer leaders for Protecting the Environment through Shopping at Nagoya Open University of the Environment. This course is themed on “environmentally-conscious shopping” and develops people into volunteer leaders capable of clearly articulating this theme to the friends and family members close to them. Those who take the course go on to play active roles in events that include the Eco Expo, an environmental event that involves customer participation.
Eco store expeditions
Eco store expeditions use supermarkets as a vehicle to teach participants about the many efforts being made at environmentallyconscious stores from a variety of perspectives. In fiscal year 2016, 989 people participated in 97 expeditions. Store managers act as expedition team leaders to guide children through the stores and teach them about efforts being made to recycle as they do things like peek inside stores' recycling boxes and touch containers and packaging made from biomass plastic. In addition, through an eco handicrafts activity involving the use of the containers and packaging that become trash when thrown away, the children also learn about how UNY is working to reduce waste.
Communicating through collaboration
Working with related businesses, UNY provides a wide range of opportunities for community members to learn about the environment. One example is conducting tours of facilities that manufacture toilet paper made by recycling milk cartons collected from recycling boxes at UNY stores. Another is providing an education on the farms that harvest crops of eco vegetables grown using compost made from leftover food from UNY stores.
UNY Children's Environmental Education Program: Hands-On Learning About the Environment
UNY provides a multitude of hands-on learning experiences, from the Summer Vacation Nature Exploration Program, in which children go to World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go to learn about the power of nature, its blessings, as well as their connections to others, to the Monkey Summer School, in which they learn about the importance of caring for all living beings and the preciousness of life. We also work with affiliate businesses to offer things like tours of recycling plants and workshops for circular agriculture.
Famima Monozukuri Academy
In the Famima Monozukuri Academy, FamilyMart product development teams give lectures at schools and work with students to develop a product all the way from development to its actual sale. Its goal is to provide an opportunity for students to turn their ideas into a reality, thus helping realize their dreams and vitalizing local society.
FamilyMart also supports The Most Delicious Food Competition Koshien, a project under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, which aims to convey the importance of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries through food, support the dreams of high school students, and vitalize Japan by invigorating local societies. In this competition, which we have been involved with since fiscal year 2015, high school students from throughout the country compete with each other to develop, prepare, and present original recipes that utilize local specialty ingredients. Through the Famima Monozukuri Academy, we provide lectures on commodification and product development, as well as opportunities for factory tours. The recipe of the winning team is turned into a real product and sold in stores nationwide.
Environmental Education for Employees
At FamilyMart, we use e-learning to provide environmental education for our employees, and provide franchisees, store staff, and employees with our in-house bulletin "Eco-Partner," which is published three times a year. Through this bulletin, we work to ensure that all of our staff have the proper awareness and understanding of all environmental laws and regulations related to our stores, such as the Waste Disposal and Public Cleansing Law, the Act on the Rational Use of Energy, and the Food Recycling Law. The bulletin offers a wide range of knowledge, from up-to-date information about the global environment, like efforts to combat global climate change, as well as our social contribution efforts in local communities.
Environmental Education Towards the Next Generation
FamilyMart conducts environmental education programs through support provided to those receiving “FamilyMart Connecting Dreams Foundation Donations” collected at FamilyMart stores, and organizes visiting lectures led by franchisees and employees.
Forest Classes for kindergarteners—Little Donguri and His Forest Friends
FamilyMart launched a nationwide touring program hosted by the National Land Afforestation Promotion Organization, a recipient of donations collected at FamilyMart stores. Launched in 2012 with visits to kindergarteners affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, the program came about from a desire to teach preschoolers and kindergarteners about the abundant blessings that forests provide and the roles that forests play. Stores nearest the events take part in this strongly community-based program, and a total of more than 15,000 kindergarteners to date have participated. Through activities ranging from watching plays performed by people dressed up as animals to planting acorns and raising seedlings, children learn about the nature and importance of the various roles that forests play.
Kikigaki Koshien events for high school students
Since 2005, FamilyMart has provided support for the Network for Coexistence with Nature, a certified NPO and recipient of donations collected at FamilyMart stores. Every year, 100 high school students visit “experts” living near forests, sea waters, rivers, and mountains to learn from their wisdom and take notes on the skills they use and how they live. We also dispatch store employees who work as trainers and take part in direct interaction with high school students. The program has students take notes on and transmit the wisdom of experts and information about how they live. It also aims, by helping to pass on this wisdom to successive generations, to have students learn about the blessings and preciousness of forests, seas, and rivers and the livelihoods of people who coexist with nature.
FamilyMart employees go to middle schools and high schools and conduct “visiting lectures” as instructors. In addition to providing lectures on convenience store business models, environmental measures, how to conduct sales as a means to help revitalize areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and other such lectures that utilize their specialized knowledge, the instructors teach students how to tackle issues through collaboration between convenience stores and local communities.
Workplace Experiences at FamilyMart Stores
"Little Store Manager"
For the "Little Store Manager" program, we work with stores, schools, and households to give elementary school students a tour of a FamilyMart, while also allowing them to experience the actual work of our stores, from stocking the products to greeting the customers and working the cash register.
FamilyMart stores are also involved in the workplace experience education of local middle school students. Middle school students learn how to greet customers, bag products, and front products from the store manager and staff, and learn how rewarding work can be through hands-on experience.