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Equator Principles

Mizuho Bank adopted the Equator Principles as an initiative for responsible investment and financing. Equator Principles is a risk management framework adopted voluntarily by financial institutions to determine, assess, and manage the environmental and social risks associated with financing of large scale projects such as oil and gas development, power plants etc.

Mizuho Bank (former Mizuho Corporate Bank) was the first Asian bank to adopt the Equator Principles in 2003, and also became the first Asian bank to chair EP Association (May 2014 – May 2015).

We remain actively engaged with the Equator Principles initiative as a member of Equator Principles Association's steering committee, which consists of 9 international financial institutions.

We deem ourselves socially responsible of our investment and financing. Therefore, by undertaking due diligence in accordance with the Equator Principles, we believe that we could share the knowledge and risk management on environment and social impacts to our clients, and "flow of funds" will toward to the environmentally and socially responsible projects.

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What are the "Equator Principles"?

What follows is a description of the conception, important milestones and a summary of the Equator Principles.

Application for Projects

This article describes the application of the Equator Principles to projects.

Mizuho and the Equator Principles

This article describes the implementation system for and achievements of the Equator Principles in Mizuho Bank.

Case Studies on Equator Principles

This article shows the case studies which Mizuho applied the Equator Principles.

Management and Future Development of the Equator Principles Association

This article describes the management of the Equator Principles Association and the future development of the Equator Principles.

Glossary for the Equator Principles

This chapter explains key terms to understanding the Equator Principles.

The Equator Principles and Related Documents (English/Japanese)

The original text and the Japanese translations of relevant materials associated with the Equator Principles.

(Note) MHBK and MHCB merged on July 1, 2013.