7-Eleven CEO Angus McKay has instructed 700 7-Eleven stores across the country to remove Picture and People magazines from their stores following a petition launched by lobby group, Collective Shout.
The decision was made swiftly once the content of the magazines was brought to the company’s attention, according to 7-Eleven CEO Angus McKay. “The material does not fit within the values of 7-Eleven,” said McKay. “That is why we made the decision to remove these products from our stores.”
Collective Shout campaigns manager Melinda Liszewski welcomed the move.
“These magazines should never have been available in 7-Eleven. Pulling them from sale now is a positive step towards a culture of respect for women and girls and we hope and expect other retailers to follow this example,” said Liszweski.
All 7-Eleven franchisees and store managers were contacted by McKay: “I have personally written to all franchisees and store managers asking for the removal of these magazines,” he said.“The note makes my, and the company’s, view on these magazines very clear.”
McKay said each store in their network was visited by a member of its operations team. “They have been instructed to follow through on my instructions as a priority,” he added.