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Initiatives for Responsible Investment and Financing

Mizuho positions the promotion of responsible investment and financing as key initiatives in the FY2016–18 CSR Initiative Policy.


As a global financial institution, Mizuho is committed to meeting the banking needs of the communities in Japan and around the world where it operates. To deliver on its responsibilities as a bank, and for the sound development of economies and societies, Mizuho draws on its sophisticated risk–taking capabilities structured within its firm risk management framework.

Social and Environmental Risk Management

Mizuho publishes details of its social and environmental initiatives regarding its credit operations.

Initiatives for the Equator Principles

Mizuho publishes details of its Equator Principles–related initiatives, which serve as criteria for managing project finance environmental and social risks.


Mizuho believes that improving and fostering the investee companies' enterprise value and its sustainable growth through constructive engagement (involving purposeful dialogue) will enhance the medium– to long–term investment return for its customers.

MHTB and Asset Management One accept and are implementing the principles of the Japanese version of the Stewardship Code for "responsible institutional investors" to fulfill their stewardship responsibility as responsible institutional investors.

In addition, these two entities have signed on to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), which ensure that institutional investors and pension funds, etc., incorporate environmental, social, and corporate governance issues into their decision–making processes. And they have incorporated items related to the environment, society, and corporate governance as indicators into certain funds while taking those indicators into consideration in exercising voting rights.

Examples of Specific Initiatives to fulfill the Stewardship Responsibilities (Fiscal 2015)

Mizuho publishes details of Mizuho Trust & Banking stewardship programs.

Real Estate

Based on its internal regulations, MHTB confirms the presence or absence of environmental risk not only when real estate assets are placed in trust but also periodically thereafter with the objective of promoting appropriate liquidity in real estate markets. Moreover, with a view to the possibility of taking remedial action that may become necessary following changes in regulations, MHTB specifies measures to be taken and time limits in relevant trust contracts for implementing such measures and monitors the progress.