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Employee Safety and Health

Creating a Comfortable Work Environment

At Mizuho, we make every effort to ensure a comfortable and safe work environment where employees' rights are respected. To establish a relationship of mutual trust between the company and our employees, Mizuho promotes ample communication between management and employees, and endeavors to create workplaces where employees are highly motivated.

In addition, Mizuho defines Human Resources Risk as the risk of losses due to employee turnover or lowered morale. To deal with this form of risk, Mizuho has an ongoing initiative to enhance management methods and conducts monitoring to identify and reduce human capital risk, such as via staff surveys.

Workplace Safety, Health, and Welfare

Along with our commitment to creating safe, comfortable, and healthy workplaces in compliance with occupational health and safety legislation, we strive to maintain and improve the health of our employees through various medical checkups, health management programs under the direction of industrial physicians and other specialists, and the work of the Health Committee.

Principal Initiatives

  • Establishment of company medical centers staffed with full–time industrial physicians.
  • Provision of annual medical examinations*1, and health advice from industrial physicians for all employees.
  • Thorough promotion of preventive measures for all employees*2 and their families for influenza and other communicable diseases, and measures to be taken in the case of infection.
  • Distribution of Mizuho Health Insurance Society newsletter to all employees.
  • Discussions at Health Committee meetings between representatives of management and workers of ways to improve workers' health, including prevention of overwork.
  • Continual improvement to the work environment by measuring office lighting, air quality, temperature, humidity and other elements more than twice a year.
  1. *1Annual health checks are provided to all employees, including part–time workers.
  2. *2Costs are subsidized for all employees, including part–time workers.

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Numbers of Work–Related Accidents
  FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015
Total number of work–related accidents 119 128 110 109
Number of the above resulting in leave 8 4 4 7
Total number of commuting–related accidents 123 104 113 105
Number of the above resulting in leave 17 11 13 5
  1. *1Data compiled for the Mizuho Financial Group (including employees on loan to Mizuho Securities), Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Trust & Banking, and Mizuho Information & Research Institute.
  2. *2No accidents resulted in death.

Initiatives to Safeguard and Improve Employees' Mental Health

Mizuho recognizes mental health as an important pillar of employee health–care management, and has adopted various measures accordingly. We have been providing employees with self–care tools to check their own stress levels since before the introduction of the stress check requirement following reforms to Japan's Industrial Safety and Health Act. Alongside this, managers are given awareness–raising training*, while industrial physicians and other occupational health–care staff provide local guidance and other support on an ongoing basis. We have also set up a consultation system that employees can access easily, establishing advice services where employees can talk to expert counselors about their concerns and anxieties.

  • *In FY2014, we conducted training for a total of 1,156 persons (total for Mizuho Financial Group (including employees loaned to Mizuho Securities), Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Trust & Banking, and Mizuho Information & Research Institute).

Maintaining a Sound Relationship between the Company and Its Employees

Mizuho builds relationships of mutual respect with employees, and works in collaboration with employees to maintain and improve working conditions and compensation. This work ensures our sustainable growth as an organization and ultimately contributes to the economies in which we operate.

In accordance with labor legislation, group companies engage in required labor negotiations with parties such as unions or employee representatives who represent a majority of employees at each business location. We have established a Management Council, a Central Labor Council and a Workplace Council to deal with the different issues as appropriate.

Management Council

The council meets to exchange opinions on management policy and business results, and to solve problems in the case of disputes or potential disputes.

Central Labor Council

The council meets to discuss employees' work conditions such as work hours and benefits.

Workplace Council

The council meets to discuss work conditions, welfare, disciplinary rules, enhancement of efficiency, and complaints at each worksite, etc.

Staff Survey

Each group company annually assesses employee morale and views by carrying out a survey which includes questions regarding the level of respondents' job satisfaction and pride in being a Mizuho employee.

Staff Survey Results
  FY2013 FY2014 FY2015
Job satisfaction 3.7 3.7 3.7
Pride in being a Mizuho employee 3.7 3.7 3.7
  • Notes: Figures represent group–wide averages of responses on a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high).
    Scope: Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Trust & Banking, Mizuho Securities, and Mizuho Information & Research Institute