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Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were adopted at the UN Summit held in September 2015, and are composed of 17 goals and 169 targets that the world should aim to address by 2030. Corporations are also expected to implement more significant initiatives and make contributions toward the achievement of the SDGs.

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Our approach to the Sustainable Development Goals

We identified key sustainability areas in response to the expectations and demands of our stakeholders based on medium– to long–term impact on our corporate value, as well as the strategic importance and affinity of such areas with our strategies, and are proactively implementing initiatives that contribute to the SDGs.

Key sustainability areas Main initiatives
Declining birthrate and aging population, plus good health and lengthening lifespans
NO POVERTY
GOOD HEALTH AND WELL–BEING
DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
  • Asset formation to prepare for the future
  • Expand services that respond to a society with a declining birthrate and aging population
  • Convenient services in line with diversifying lifestyles
Industrial development & innovation
AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
  • Smooth business succession
  • Industry transformation
  • Acceleration of innovation
  • Growth in Asian economic zones
  • Creating resilient social infrastructure
Sound economic growth
DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
  • Strengthening capital markets functions
  • Transition to cashless society
  • Environmentally conscious social programs
Environmental considerations
AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
CLIMATE ACTION
  • Promoting action to address climate change and supporting the transition to a low carbon society
Corporate governance
PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
  • Enhancing corporate governance
  • Risk management, strengthening our IT infrastructure, and compliance
  • Disclosure of information in a fair, timely, and appropriate manner, and holding dialogue with stakeholders
Personnel
GENDER EQUALITY
DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
  • Talent development and creating workplaces that give employees a sense of purpose
Environment & society
AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
REDUCED INEQUALITIES
CLIMATE ACTION
QUALITY EDUCATION
  • Environmental and human rights considerations for investment and lending
  • Addressing climate change
  • Improving financial and economic literacy, and promoting activities that contribute to society based on regional and societal needs
Open partnerships and collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders
PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

Main Initiatives for the Sustainable Development Goals

Establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals Business Desk

Mizuho Bank established the Sustainable Development Goals Business Desk in June 2017 with the goal of utilizing innovation to promote economic growth and resolve social issues. The Business Desk leverages the collective expertise of the group to provide cross–entity support for building networks with social entrepreneurs and related agencies and local governments. It discovers and develops social entrepreneurs and businesses that are advancing the latest technologies and adopting new business models, and provides capital raising for social businesses that contribute in fields such as regional vitalization.

Sustainable Development Goals Business Matching Forum

Throughout the year we hold a number of business matching forums, providing our clients with opportunities to gather together and participate in meetings with potential business partners. In March 2019, we held a business matching forum which focused on the SDGs and comprised a seminar about corporate action on the SDGs, and on–site business meetings.

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Joint Sustainable Development Goals Conference

In March 2019, Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank, and Mizuho Securities jointly hosted a Social Development Goals conference with the Asahi Shimbun Company entitled Opening a Path to the Future with the SDGs: New Societal Models Change the Future, New Financial Models Create the Future. Through a panel discussion and other events, participants exchanged ideas regarding the role finance plays in the implementation of the SDGs and financial challenges.

Our initiatives for green bonds, social bonds, and other related services were introduced at the event, including Japan’s first syndicated sustainability loan which was arranged by Mizuho Bank, and the establishment of the Sustainable Finance Desk and issuance of bonds tied to ESG principles by Mizuho Securities.

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AIST and Mizuho Bank Present SDG Seminar

Mizuho Bank and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), one of the largest public research organizations in Japan, hosted a seminar on SDG topics entitled "Collaborative Innovation and the Creation of New Corporate Value" in July 2019.

Focused on current key issues in the environmental, AI, and intellectual property fields and with a keynote presentation by a representative from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the seminar provided a wide range of information about working with the AIST to achieve SDGs as well as about SDGs and other items investors are looking for in companies. The seminar was well received by participants, which included representatives of corporations, public institutions, and financial institutions.

Mizuho Bank will continue working with the AIST to help customers address important issues.

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Mizuho Sustainable Development Goals Business Design

Mizuho Information & Research Institute launched a service called Mizuho Sustainable Development Goals Business Design, which aims to support Japanese companies in increasing their corporate value through the creation of innovative business and initiatives that contribute to the SDGs in developing countries around the world as well as within Japan.

By utilizing the insight, expertise, and networks that we have cultivated thus far in developing and expanding businesses into markets outside Japan including in developing nations, we will support companies in optimizing their businesses for the SDGs as well as development through the formation of business ecosystems.