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Promotion of our Human Rights Policy

Mizuho's Human Rights Education Committee

Mizuho's Human Rights Education Committee was established as part of our efforts to raise all employees' awareness about human rights. This is something that Mizuho is strongly committed to. In addition to determining our basic policies on human rights education, the committee discusses the format and content of employee training aimed at dealing with specific internal issues, sets group–wide training topics for each fiscal year, and works to cultivate a corporate culture that embodies our respect for human rights.

The committee's duties are carried out under the following structure: A deputy president of the company serves as committee chairperson; general managers of all departments, offices and branches, with the support of deputy general managers, form the body of the committee, and take responsibility for human rights education in their office. This structure enables us to productively engage in tailored human rights promotion and training.

Human Rights Education: Organizational Structure

Human Rights education for employees

In April 2018, Mizuho established a Human Rights Policy in line with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, clarifying our stance on preventing or mitigating adverse human rights impacts which could result directly or indirectly from our business activities. We subsequently held a seminar for all employees aimed at enhancing understanding and awareness of the background and reasons for establishing this policy as well as its content.

At Mizuho, all group employees participate in annual human rights awareness training in the workplace. Each session is an opportunity for employees to learn about and reflect on human rights. Among a variety of initiatives, training sessions and workshops are held for different target audiences, ranging from executive officers to department, and branch general managers, members of the Human Rights Education Committee, employees, and staff newly appointed to management positions.

Group companies can choose from several principal training topics, including discrimination and harassment on the basis of nationality, gender, disability, or socioeconomic class.

In addition, Mizuho periodically participates in fieldwork and workshops held by the Industrial Federation for Human Rights, Tokyo, to identify trends in human rights issues and learn about practical matters related to such issues in Japanese companies, and then apply these to our human rights initiatives.

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FY2017 Training Session Attendance (Mizuho Financial Group and Mizuho Bank)
Site Type of Training Scope of Participation No. of Participants
Japan Workplace training All full– and part–time staff 71,293 people1
Training for executive officers and department/branch general managers All directors as well as department, and branch general managers 654 people
Human Rights Education Committee member training Deputy general managers responsible for assisting general managers in human rights education 597 people
Training for staff newly appointed to management positions All staff newly appointed to management positions (separate training for each level) 338 people
Newly hired employees All newly hired employees 1,941 people2
Outside Japan Compliance training for locations outside Japan All employees working at locations outside Japan 9,359 people
  • 1: Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Trust & Banking, Mizuho Securities and their subsidiaries, Trust & Custody Services Bank, Asset Management One, Mizuho Research Institute, Mizuho Information & Research Institute, and Mizuho Private Wealth Management
  • 2: Joint session conducted by Mizuho Financial Group

Mizuho publishes a human rights newsletter in Japanese, Jinken no Tobira, for the benefit of all group employees. This leaflet is intended to enhance employee awareness toward a variety of human rights issues. In addition, our internal group corporate communications magazine, Mizuho, includes a feature on human rights which profiles specific human rights activities and other pertinent information. Mizuho's online learning system for employees also offers materials on human rights which employees can access from their own homes and use to develop their knowledge through individual study.

Our annual human rights catchphrase contest attracts over 40,000 entries yearly, from employees in all group companies. Awards are presented to excellent entries from throughout the group, and the most outstanding entry is submitted for consideration to external organizations, including the Japanese Bankers Association.


Human rights education materials

The winner of the "Best Slogan for Human Rights" award from the Japanese Bankers Association

  • FY2017 winning catchphrase:
    • "What is "normal", "tradition", or "typical"? Don't' force your own personal standards on others"
  • FY2016 winning catchphrase:
    • "Increasing awareness of human rights through what I say, what I feel, and what I do"
  • FY2015 winning catchphrase:
    • "Human rights protected with a little courage: to overlook violations of human rights is a weakness, to challenge such violations is a strength"