As a member of the regional and international society, we strive to achieve accountability to society. As part of this, in 2004 we declared our intention to participate in the United Nations Global Compact (*) and obtained SA 8000 certification (**), achieving a first in the Japanese retail industry. Aeon has received international certifications as a company that respects human rights and makes sincere efforts to address labor problems.(*): An initiatives advocated by the United Nations that request companies in each country to comply with and practice one principle related to human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.(**): Standard that defines basic human rights protections for workers in international market. “SA” stands for Social Accountability.