Consulting on Environmental Management
Environmental awareness has been increasing among the general public around the world as many countries implement and strengthen environmental regulations. In view of these developments, soundness and effectiveness of environmental management is now a crucial factor that may affect corporate evaluation. Moreover, as businesses go global and the complexity of their activities increases, the scope of environmental management is no longer confined to the reporting company and its own operations but extends to include group subsidiaries and business partners in their supply chains.
Now that the environment–related and energy sector are seen as areas of growth in Japan and abroad, improving the environmental performance of their products and services is a must for many companies.
In recent years, there has been a deepening trend for many investment funds and institutional investors, primarily in Europe and the United States, to place an emphasis on the standard of management of each company's environmental risks and opportunities as an indicator to determine a company's long–term sustainability and growth.
Responding to these changing circumstances, some cutting–edge companies actively disclose environmental risk information, publicize environmental performance of their products and services, and put forth their future–oriented environmental vision, in an effort to promote the potential and sustainability of their businesses.
Mainly through Mizuho Information & Research Institute whose strengths are in the environmental field, Mizuho provides a range of solutions to help companies put environmental management into practice from providing relevant information to consulting services.
- Overall Outline of Approaches to the Formulation of an Environmental Vision and Planning for Environmental Management
Services provided by Mizuho Information & Research Institute include support for preparation of environmental visions (longer–term plans), medium–term plans, and strategies, consulting related to climate change, preparation of corporate strategies, support for CSR and environmental communication (disclosure), support for responding to Scope 3 requirements, and support for increasing the clarity of LCA and CO2, and consulting related to chemical substances, etc.
Environmental Business Matching
Since fiscal 2007, MHBK has been engaged in business matching (introducing customers to each other) under the theme of environmental measures.
MHBK collaborates with corporate customers providing environment–related products and services to offer effective solutions to other customers interested in environment– and energy–related initiatives. In response to the rising level of society's needs, MHBK also undertakes business matching related to the creation of solar power–generating facilities that make use of the renewable energy fixed feed–in tariff system, and the support for efforts to reduce electric power procurement expenses.
Under such themes as the environmental energy countermeasures theme, MHBK organizes events that offer customers opportunities to discuss business projects with prospective partners.