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Nurturing the Next Generation

In order to contribute to the creation of an environment in which the children who will lead and shape the next generation of society may be born and raised in good health, Mizuho is implementing various initiatives related to revising support systems and work styles to be more conducive to achieving a balance between work and family commitments. In 2007, and again in 2010, 2013, and 2015, Mizuho received "Kurumin" certification from the Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare, under the Japanese Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next–Generation Children.

In FY2015, six Mizuho group companies* received Platinum Kurumin certification, and award given to previously–certified Kurumin companies that make significant efforts in implementing and maintaining systems that assist workers in balancing work and childcare.

  • *Mizuho Financial Group, Inc., Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Mizuho Trust & Banking Co., Ltd., Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd., Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc., and Trust & Custody Services Bank, Ltd.

Since April 2015, we have been promoting the fifth stage of Mizuho's "General Business Owner Action Plan."

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Mizuho's General Business Owner Action Plan (Stage 5)

Plan Period

April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2015 (2 years)

Goals

Creating a work environment conducive to enabling employees with children, etc. to achieve a balance between work and family commitments. Goal 1: Create an environment where all employees, whether male or female, can achieve a good balance between work and family commitments.
Establishing diverse employment conditions conducive to the reform of working styles Goal 2: Create initiatives to promote the greater participation of all members of our diverse workforce, on an organization–wide basis.

Measures and Timing of Implementation

Contents of the measures Timing of implementation (target)
1. Create an environment where all employees, whether male or female, can achieve a good balance between work and family commitments.
1) Encourage male employees to participate in childcare, and create a workplace where it is easy to achieve a balance between work and family commitments. From April 2015
2) Promote flexible work styles and work towards a good work–life balance for employees.
3) Expand systems for supporting employees who are balancing work with caring for e.g. aging family members.
2. Create initiatives to promote the greater participation of all members of our diverse workforce, on an organization–wide basis.
1) Enact policies that encourage employees to independently plan their own career. From April 2015
2) Create systems that will accelerate the greater participation of all members of our diverse workforce.