CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Environmental Preservation Activities throughout the Supply Chain
Reducing CO2 Emissions throughout the Supply Chain
Lawson uses energy and various other resources in its store operations, impacting the environment.
Our environmental impact is due not only to our own, direct operations, but to all stages in the supply chain, from raw material procurement to product manufacturing, logistics, sales, disposal, and recycling. We strive to understand our environmental impact at each stage, review steps needed for reduction, and take action to reduce energy consumption, resource use, and waste.
Going forward, we will continue to monitor CO2 emissions throughout the supply chain, reviewing changes over time and the results of mitigation measures in order to identify issues and further reduce emissions.
Material Flow in Our Supply Chain
- Click the , icons for more details about each stage
- The numbers placed after "CO2" correspond to those in the pie chart below
- Procuring High-Quality Ingredients at Low Cost by Maximizing the Use of Raw Materials in Products Sold
- Leveraging economies of scale, we procure large volumes of raw materials for use as basic ingredients across multiple products. This approach reduces risk for suppliers and allows us to offer high-quality products at low cost, boosting our gross profit margin while helping to reduce waste.
- Using Eco-Friendly Materials
for Containers and Packaging
- To more effectively utilize finite resources, we have reduced the weight of containers and packaging by adopting foam materials, making packaging thinner, and optimizing container shapes. We also actively use plastics derived from plants, including sugarcane, in our packaging.
- Minimizing Waste by
Producing Only What is Needed
- In order to cut waste at the manufacturing stage, we have introduced the Production Process Management System, which entails carefully measuring ingredients used, product volume, and servings down to the gram. This system helps prevent excess production.
- Cutting CO2 with Efficient Delivery and Eco-Driving
- Lawson aims to efficiently deliver products by promoting multi-drop deliveries and optimizing delivery frequency. In addition, our trucks are fitted with eco-tires to improve fuel economy. Lawson uses a traffic control system to monitor the status of trucks in the field and promote safety and eco-driving. We also raise awareness by training drivers on how to prevent unnecessary vehicle idling and noise.
- Optimized Product
Assortment Using IT
- The store has introduced a "semi-automatic (semi-automatic) ordering system" lunch and rice balls, to the order of products such as cooking pan. This is a system that automatically recommends analysis to as "the best assortment to its own shop" and "goods on order number of" sales trends and customer base of information for each individual stores, a variety of information, such as weather. On top of that, the purchaser is to examine the number of orders and assortment in consideration of the local events, and to further improve the order accuracy. As commodity want for our customers there at any time, by optimizing the number of orders and assortment, we strive to reduce the unnecessary waste of opportunity loss and product of the store.
In addition, in performing the cooking in-store "street corner kitchen", we have to control the production according to the customer trends.
LAWSON Yumesaki Smart Inter-mae Store(Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture). Equipped with a range of cutting-edge technologies, this is one of our experimental energy-saving stores where we aim to reduce power use by 70% compared with fiscal 2010 levels.
- Reducing CO2 Emissions
from Electricity Use with
- The majority of CO2 emissions from stores are due to electricity consumption. Energy-saving type of the main cold equipment and air-conditioning equipment that uses the CO2 in the refrigerant, we have introduced, such as the aggressively LED lighting. We are also conducting joint research with the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Industrial Science. Under this project, we are using an AI-equipped automatic control system at certain stores to understand optimal ways of using energy for each store and thereby determine effective strategies to reduce CO2 emissions.
- Company Use of Hybrid and Other Eco-Friendly Vehicles
- Lawson is in the process of changing over its entire fleet of about 2,100 company cars (excluding four-wheel vehicles) used by supervisors* and store development counselors to hybrid cars.
*Supervisor (SV): An employee who provides guidance to franchisees regarding store management
- CO2 emissions from our supply chain in fi scal 2015
- Method of calculating greenhouse gas emissions in supply chain:
- Calculations based on "Explanations by Industry (Retail Industry) for
the Basic Guidelines on Accounting for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Throughout the Supply Chain," Ver. 1.0.
Description by Category
|Scope 1 (Direct emissions)
||Gasoline consumption by Company vehicles. ⑥
|Scope 2 (Indirect emissions of energy resources)
||Electricity consumption by corporate headquarters, areas, branch offices and Company-operated stores ⑤⑦
(Other indirect emissions)
(Purchased products and services)
|Stocked raw materials ①②
(Fuel- and energy-related activities
not included in Scopes 1 and 2)
|Energy consumption associated with electric power procurement
(Upstream transportation and delivery)
|Energy consumption by delivery centers ③④
(Waste generated by business operations)
|Waste generated by stores & industrial waste generated at times of store closures and remodeling ⑤
|Business trips by headquarters employees ⑦
(Disposal of products)
|Disposal of containers, disposable chopsticks and plastic shopping bags ⑤
|Electricity consumption by franchise stores ⑤
- Direct CO2 emissions from sources such as fuels used by the company.
(For Lawson, this applies to the gasoline usage of company vehicles.)
- CO2 emissions from the use of purchased electricity (CO2 emissions from electricity used by offices and directly-managed stores fall into this category, but those from franchise stores fall under Scope 3.)
- CO2 emissions arising from company operations other than scopes 1 and 2.
Related information: Third party verification on CO2 emissions from Lawson stores