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Environmental Impact Reductions Advanced Together with Stakeholders

Energy- and Resource-Conservation Initiatives

Electricity Consumption Reduction

Based on Japan's greenhouse gas reduction goals, MARUI GROUP is moving ahead with ongoing efforts for preventing global warming. In these efforts, we are using a reduction of 26% in emissions volumes in comparison to the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, as a guideline amount to be targeted leading up to 2030.

To achieve our long-term targets, we are examining possible measures including proactively using renewable energy and introducing building energy management systems, electricity storage facilities, and energy-saving technologies. At stores, we are introducing LED lighting and high-efficiency fluorescent lights and replacing air-conditioning equipment with more energy-efficient equipment in conjunction with store renovations. In addition, we practice exhaustive management of sales floors, warehouses, office lighting, and humidity. Through these efforts, we are pursuing ongoing reductions in electricity consumption.

Lighting

Beginning in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, we began converting the basic lighting on sales floors into LED lighting, thereby realizing reductions in annual electricity consumption volumes. This conversion was completed in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. We are currently in the process of converting lighting within actual sales areas and in back-office areas.

Air-Conditioning

MARUI GROUP maintains high levels of air-conditioning equipment efficiency via regular maintenance while pursuing more efficient operation by revising usage times and temperature settings. In addition, we have established a plan for introducing energy-efficient air-conditioning equipment, which we have been systematically advancing since the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015.

New POS Systems and ATMs

In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, the Company began introducing new point of sales (POS) systems and ATMs, and we have since installed energy-saving replacements for all POS systems and ATMs.

Storewide Electricity Conservation Initiatives

We are proactively working to raise environmental awareness among employees through various electricity conservation initiatives. Examples of such initiatives include operating lighting and air-conditioning equipment in an energy-efficient manner in offices, stockyards, cafeterias, breakrooms, and other locations. In addition, we are extending the period of time in which we turn off restroom heaters and hand dryers and switch vending machines to electricity conservation mode.

  • Energy-efficient sales floor lighting
  • New POS system

Participation in Fun to Share

MARUI GROUP participates in the Fun to Share initiative spearheaded by the Ministry of the Environment. Accordingly, we have been undertaking Cool-Biz and Warm-Biz campaigns, which encourage employees to dress appropriately for the season to reduce air-conditioning and heater usage, as well as the Light Down campaign for 12 consecutive years. Each year, Marui and Modi stores take part in the Summer Solstice Light Down campaign on June 21 and the "Cool Earth Day" Light Down campaign on July 7 during which all of the stores' rooftop and billboard lights are shut off at once. We will continue to lend our aid to such initiatives for raising awareness of the importance of energy conservation and CO2 emissions reduction.

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    Kyoto Marui during Light Down campaign
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction

At MARUI GROUP, electricity conservation and facility efficiency initiatives are implemented on an individual store basis to reduce usage of electricity, gas, and other energy resources. In addition, solar power generation facilities were installed at the AIM Logisport (Toda City, Saitama Prefecture) of Group company AIM CREATE CO., LTD., in 2014. Annually, these facilities generate enough electricity to power 100 households. The generated electricity is sold to power companies to contribute to reductions in CO2 emissions. Furthermore, eco-friendly hybrid vehicles have been introduced into the distribution business fleet of Group company MOVING CO., LTD., to reduce CO2 emissions volumes. The Company also undertook joint development with business partners of energy-saving digital signage that is thought to reduce CO2 emissions by 8% in comparison to conventional signs. These digital signs are being sequentially installed at Marui and Modi stores.

  • Solar power generation facilities were installed at AIM Logisport in 2014. Annually, these facilities generate enough electricity to power 100 households
  • Eco-friendly hybrid vehicles have been introduced into the distribution business fleet of MOVING CO., LTD., to reduce CO2 emissions volumes
  • Energy-saving digital signage is being sequentially installed under joint development with business partners

Renewable Energy Initiatives

Nakano Marui participates in green power certification systems and is utilizing renewable energy sources for a portion of the electricity it consumes. Also, solar power generation facilities were installed at AIM Logisport (Toda City, Saitama Prefecture) in 2014, and we are advancing other initiatives for utilizing renewable energy.

Water Resource Utilization Initiatives

MARUI GROUP is implementing initiatives to promote the effective utilization of water resources at its head office and at certain Marui stores. Rainwater stored on rooftops is used in restrooms, and the water amounts used when flushing employee toilets are set at less wasteful levels.

  • Rainwater storage tank

Waste Reduction Initiatives

MARUI GROUP works together with business partners to reduce the amount of waste produced and to sort waste to increase the ratio of waste recycled. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, a total of 15,039 tons of waste was produced, 59% of which was recycled.

The Company seeks to ensure that its waste is disposed of in a responsible manner. Employees visit the sites of waste disposal subcontractors to confirm whether or not there have been any shortfalls on the account of either party and to guarantee that waste disposal is conducted in compliance with the relevant laws.

  • Site of waste sorting at Marui store
  • Meeting held at waste disposal site

Food Recycling

MARUI GROUP is introducing food recycling programs into a wider range of its stores. By making it possible to sort food waste at the stage at which it is produced, we are attempting to increase recycling rates.

Reduction of Packaging

General waste processed across Japan contains large quantities of packaging. Recognizing its responsibility as a supplier of products, MARUI GROUP strives to reduce packaging.

Inquiries on Customers' Desired Packaging Method

When customers purchase products, we ask them their desired packaging method to cut back on the use of unnecessary packaging and reduce waste.

Customer Responses Regarding Desired Packaging Method

Stop of Free Provision of Paper Bags at Shokuyukan Food Sales Areas

In February 2017, we stopped providing paper bags to customers at Shokuyukan food sales areas free of charge. This move was taken out of consideration for the recent rise in social contribution awareness among customers as well as the need to preserve the environment by cutting back on packaging. Customers requesting paper bags are asked to make a donation of at least ¥10, which we provide to environmental organizations or municipal government agencies that work to help preserve the environment.

Bring "MY BAG" Campaign for Reducing Plastic Bag Usage

In light of the 2007 revision of the Act on the Promotion of Sorted Collection and Recycling of Containers and Packaging, the Bring "MY BAG" Campaign implemented at the Shokuyukan food sales areas of Kokubunji Marui and Marui Family Mizonokuchi was expanded to all Marui Shokuyukan locations in 2010 to reduce plastic bag usage. Each time a customer chooses to refrain from using plastic bags, ¥3 is donated to an environmental organization or municipal government agency. We are thereby aligning our sentiments with those community members as we promote environmental preservation.

Letter of Appreciation from Nonprofit Organization

At Kitasenju Marui, customers can choose to direct donations toward Adachi City or to Arakawa Clean Aid Forum, a nonprofit organization that seeks to recover the natural splendor of the Arakawa river through trash pickup activities in this area. In February 2014, MARUI GROUP received a letter of appreciation from Arakawa Clean Aid Forum at a ceremony celebrating the 20th anniversary of its founding out of recognition of these ongoing donation activities.

Donation targets

Kokubunji Marui Totoro no Furusato Foundation
Marui Family Mizonokuchi Tamagawa Eco Museum
Kitasenju Marui Arakawa Clean Aid Forum
Marui Family Ebina Katsuragawa-Sagamigawa River Basin Council
Marui Family Shiki Shiki River and City Beautification Association
Totsuka Modi Marui Shokuyukan Forum for Increasing the Appeal of Kashiogawa River and municipal government organizations
Kokubunji Marui:
Totoro no Furusato Foundation
Marui Family Mizonokuchi:
Tamagawa Eco Museum
Kitasenju Marui:
Arakawa Clean Aid Forum
Marui Family Ebina:
Katsuragawa-Sagamigawa River Basin Council
Marui Family Shiki:
Shiki River and City Beautification Association」
Totsuka Modi Marui Shokuyukan:
Forum for Increasing the Appeal of Kashiogawa River and municipal government organizations

Adjustable Size Boxes for Internet Sales

Adjustable size boxes can be folded to change their shape to provide a more appropriate size when only one pair of shoes is returned when two pairs or more pairs are ordered, which contributes to improved customer convenience while reducing the burden of transportation.

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Groupwide Reuse Initiatives

Hanger Reuse

The Company introduced standardized department store hangers in 1997. This move has made it possible to collect and return hangers after delivery. In addition, other hangers that are no longer needed can be recycled as plastics. However, we realized that a number of the recycled hangers were actually still usable. A Groupwide project was subsequently launched in 2016 to address this issue, and we began reusing such hangers in April 2017.

Collapsible Repeat Box Reusable Shipping Carton

The introduction of collapsible Repeat Box reusable shipping cartons has helped reduce the amount of cardboard boxes used in distribution operations associated with MOVING CO., LTD., to zero.

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