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Medium– and Long–Term Initiative Policy of CSR

Mizuho set the initiative policy taking into consideration changes in the external environment and other factors as they relate to CSR. Based on this policy, we implement CSR initiatives uniformly across the Mizuho Financial Group.

Medium– and Long–Term CSR Initiative Policy

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Medium– and Long–Term CSR Initiative Policy Page Reference
Strengthen efforts to promote businesses that contribute to the sustainable development of society
(core business)
  • In addition to harnessing our broad financial service functions and supporting the real economy from the medium– and long–term perspective, we will strengthen efforts to promote business that contributes to the sustainable development of society in response to the renewed expectations of stakeholders.
Reinforce the group's foundations that underpin activities in line with society's expectations
(foundations)
  • Working to promote communications with the broader society and extending beyond simple statutory and regulatory compliance, we will reinforce the group's foundations in a bid to engage in activities across the entire organization that take into consideration society's expectations.
Promote social contribution activities that take into consideration the needs of local regions and society
(social contributions)
  • Based on the needs of local regions and society, we will engage in activities that take full advantage of our management resources and promote initiatives that contribute to regional and social development.

FY2016–2018 Group CSR Initiative Policy

We have formulated the FY2016–18 CSR Initiative Policy based on the medium– and long–term CSR initiative policy, changes in the external environment, and Mizuho strategies in order to serve as our policy for CSR initiatives during the period of the new Medium–term Business Plan.

We promote CSR initiatives through the practice of executives and employees acting daily with a strong awareness of our social responsibilities and public mission and toward the goal of being "A Financial Services Consulting Group —The most trusted partner in solving problems and supporting the sustainable growth of customers and communities."

Eight Priority Initiatives and Related "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)"

Core Business

1. Promote initiatives that take into consideration structural changes* in the economy and society (*Aging society with declining birthrate, depopulating society, globalization, technology innovation, and climate change etc.)

  • Industrial development that take into consideration global issues
    (Environment and energy, infrastructure, good health, food etc. )
  • Revitalize regional economies
  • Support for business and asset succession, and innovative companies
  • Revitalizing the flows of financial assets in Japan
  • Create and innovate businesses using new technology
  • NO POVERTY

  • ZERO HUNGER

  • GOOD HEALTH AND WELL–BEING

  • AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY

  • DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

  • INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

  • CLIMATE ACTION

  • PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

2. Promote initiatives for responsible investment and financing

  • QUALITY EDUCATION

  • GENDER EQUALITY

  • CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION

  • DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

  • INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

  • SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

  • RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

  • CLIMATE ACTION

  • LIFE BELOW WATER

  • LIFE ON LAND

  • PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

Foundations

3. Strengthen management foundations on a group and global basis

  • Form a strong culture
  • Sophisticate risk governance
  • Establish strong compliance management systems
  • Strengthen IT governance and development frameworks
  • DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

  • PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS

4. Promote diverse talent management and strategic human resource development

  • GOOD HEALTH AND WELL–BEING

  • QUALITY EDUCATION

  • GENDER EQUALITY

  • DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

  • REDUCED INEQUALITIES

5. Promote initiatives for management of customer protection and financial crime prevention

  • PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS

6. Promote initiatives for reducing environmental burden from our own business

  • RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

  • CLIMATE ACTION

Social Contributions

7. Promote ongoing financial education initiatives

  • QUALITY EDUCATION

8. Promote activities that take into consideration the needs of local regions and society

  • NO POVERTY

  • ZERO HUNGER

  • GOOD HEALTH AND WELL–BEING

  • QUALITY EDUCATION

  • REDUCED INEQUALITIES

  • SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

  • CLIMATE ACTION

  • LIFE ON LAND

  • PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS

  • PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

Process to formulate FY2016–2018 Group CSR Initiative Policy

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Step1. Analysis of external environment

  • 1)Analyze external environment surrounding CSR and sustainability
  • 2)Specify social issues and sustainability issues in the financial industry

(Main Elements Considered)

  • UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Paris Agreement
  • World Economic Forum "Global Risks Report 2016"
  • Japanese Government strategy and policy
  • Initiatives related to disclosure of non–financial information, investor and corporate trends, etc.
  • International standards and guidelines (ISO 26000, GRI Guidelines (G4), SASB guidelines by sector, etc.)

Step2. Confirmation of stakeholder concerns, assessments and expectations with respect to Mizuho

(Main Elements Considered)

  • Customers: Satisfaction survey results, etc.
  • Investors: Dialogue content, ESG survey results, etc.
  • Employees: Employee awareness survey results, etc.
  • Society: Content of dialogue with experts and NGOs, etc.

Step3. Organization of issues in CSR promotion at Mizuho

  • Organize issues in CSR promotion at Mizuho from the three perspectives of promotion systems, initiative content and communication by reviewing current initiatives based on the external environment analysis and stakeholder concerns, assessments and expectations.

Step4. Formulation of policies based on Mizuho strategies

  • Hold discussions with business divisions and other related departments, formulate the FY2016–18 Group CSR Initiative Policy, based on the above three issues, the new Medium–term Business Plan, and medium– and long–term CSR initiative policy and other Mizuho strategies, and finalize the policies after deliberations at Mizuho Financial Group (holding company)'s CSR Committee and Executive Management Committee.