Basic Policy on Respect for Human Rights
Mizuho aims to maintain a corporate culture that reflects a deep respect for human rights. As part of this, we place a strong emphasis on initiatives at each group company that help raise awareness about human rights.
In our Code of Conduct, Mizuho has clearly indicated that we will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment on any basis, including gender, nationality, race, ethnic origin, religion, or disability.
In addition, Mizuho practices the universal principles regarding human rights and labor that are contained in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Mizuho is also a signatory to the UN Global Compact's voluntary principles on matters including human rights, labor, the environment, and anti–corruption. Mizuho also makes reference to and promotes various initiatives related to other international codes of conduct, including the United Nations' Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the social responsibility guidance standard ISO 26000.
Respect for Human Rights
In addition to ensuring that we act with respect for the human dignity and basic human rights of everyone, including our customers, Directors, Executive Officers and employees, we will work to create a corporate culture in which the spirit of respect for human rights is all–perspective.
Today, respect for human rights is a common rule of behavior the world over. Not only should we avoid engaging in illegal discrimination or harassment for any reason whatsoever, be it sex, nationality, race, religion or disability, but we must also try to prevent others from engaging in such behavior. It goes without saying that since we have many opportunities to come into contact with various kinds of personal information, we must take every possible precaution to protect personal privacy.
Respect for human rights is rooted in mutual respect for one another as human beings, and we should always try to put ourselves in the other person's position whenever we act. Being constantly aware of this in all that we do is extremely important, not only from the viewpoint of creating a lively and comfortable workplace but also from that of establishing a base on which to build customer trust.
We must always remember to hold human rights in the highest regard, and to behave at all times with due respect for the rights of everyone. Recognizing this as a key management issue, Mizuho has established the Committee for the Promotion of Human Rights Education, and will work assiduously to enhance the human rights awareness of each employee.