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ESG Evaluation and Awards

ESG Evaluation

The ESG initiatives that have been carried out by Mizuho thus far have received high evaluations, and Mizuho has been a part of social responsibility investment indices both inside and outside Japan.

Social Responsibility Indices which include Mizuho (as of March 2017)
Logo Dow Jones Sustainability Index Asia Pacific
Based on comprehensive long–term economic, environmental, and social evaluations performed jointly by U.S. Dow Jones and Swiss–based RobecoSAM, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is a social investment index composed of leading names in each industry.
Logo FTSE4Good Global 100 Index
A London Stock Exchange Group company, FTSE Russell has developed the FTSE4Good Global 100 Index, which consists of stocks that have met global standards related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices.
Logo FTSE Blossom Japan Index
The FTSE Blossom Japan index was designed by FTSE Russell, a member company of the London Stock Exchange Group and consists of the stocks of Japanese companies that excel in meeting standards for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices in and outside of Japan.
Logo MSCI ESG Leaders Index
These indexes have been developed by MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital International). Companies evaluated from the viewpoint of ESG are included in these indexes.*
Logo MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN)
This index has been developed by U.S. company MSCI and consists of the stocks of companies that have received high scores for gender diversity as calculated based on their data disclosed under the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace.
Logo Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index (MS–SRI)
The Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index (MS–SRI) is composed of 150 listed companies in Japan that excel in the areas of governance, the environment, relationship with society, and human resource development.
Logo SNAM Sustainability Index
Logo 2017 Financial Services Gender–Equality Index
This index, developed by Bloomberg, includes stocks of financial service companies in 17 countries worldwide that are taking active initiatives to create workplace environments that feature gender equality and have policies and a record of accomplishments in information disclosure.
  • *THE INCLUSION OF Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. IN ANY MSCI INDEX, AND THE USE OF MSCI LOGOS, TRADEMARKS, SERVICE MARKS OR INDEX NAMES HEREIN, DO NOT CONSTITUTE A SPONSORSHIP, ENDORSEMENT OR PROMOTION OF Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. BY MSCI OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES. THE MSCI INDEXES ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF MSCI. MSCI AND THE MSCI INDEX NAMES AND LOGOS ARE TRADEMARKS OR SERVICE MARKS OF MSCI OR ITS AFFILIATES

Awards

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Fiscal 2016 Results
Society

In March 2017, Mizuho Financial Group was recognized for its work in promoting women's participation in the workplace, receiving commendation in the form of Semi–Nadeshiko Brand designation, conferred jointly by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

 
In December 2016, the Mizuho Bank received an award in the MCPC Awards 2016, because of the high evaluation of its offerings of innovative smartphone services that make use of FinTech and because of their actual usage by customers. Mizuho was the only company among all industries in Japan to receive this recognition for the sixth consecutive year. photo
In October 2016, Mizuho Financial Group was awarded with a Gold rating from the Work with Pride (wwP) LGBT diversity management promotional organization for our efforts to support LGBT and other sexual minorities.The wwP Gold rating is conferred on organizations that receive top marks on the organization's Pride Index. logo
In September 2016, the Mizuho Financial Group received a special service hospitality award from the Japan Institute of Information Technology.
We have been highly appraised for the endeavors of frontline offices and corporate headquarters to work in unison to become the best financial services provider for the satisfaction of customers.
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Governance

In February 2017, the "2016 Integrated Report" of the Mizuho Financial Group received an Award for Excellence in the NIKKEI Annual Report Awards 2016 competition.

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The Mizuho Financial Group received the following awards for a high evaluation of the comprehensiveness of information displayed on its website as well as its active and innovative stance toward information disclosure and presenting information in an easily usable form.
  • In the Nikko Investor Relations Co., Ltd.'s "Fiscal 2016 Listed Company Website Quality Ranking," Mizuho won the top place in the by–industry rankings.
  • In the "Internet IR Awards 2016" sponsored by Daiwa Investor Relations Co., Ltd., Mizuho received an Award for Excellence.
  • In the "Gomez IR Site Ranking 2016", Mizuho won the top place in rankings by industry for the fourth consecutive year.
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In October 2016, the Mizuho Financial Group and the Mizuho Bank received the award in the channel innovation category in "The 2016 BAI Global Banking Innovation Awards."
Mizuho has been highly appraised for developing and offering innovative uses of the humanoid robot, "Pepper," beginning in July 2015* and creating a new customer interaction experience.
  • *Pepper is a trademark of SoftBank Group Corp.
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In September 2016, the Mizuho Securities won the top three–star ranking and received an award for this distinction from HDI–Japan in the area of ratings of "Customer Service Representatives" for its stance of effectively supporting responsiveness to customer intentions and requests. Mizuho won the top three–star ranking and received an award for this distinction. logo

In June 2016, the Mizuho Financial Group was comprehensively recognized for its efforts to promote financial innovation that incorporates cutting–edge technology and for various other activities including the disclosure of its policies toward the strategic use of IT. As a part of this recognition, the Mizuho Financial Group was selected by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Tokyo Stock Exchange as Competitive IT Strategy Company 2016.

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Fiscal 2015 Results
Environment In March 2016, finance for a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant project located in Jordan which was arranged by MHBK was awarded Environmental Finance of the Year (Solar Category) from Environmental Finance.
First Solar Power Generation Project in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Financed by Commercial Banks
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Society In March 2016, MHBK's issuance of Thai baht–denominated bonds under the ASEAN+3 Multi–Currency Bond Issuance Framework (AMBIF) was selected by the Thai Bond Market Association as the Deal of the Year. photo

In March 2016, MHFG received two commendations: the "New Diversity Management Selection 100" (a Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) award) and the "Nadeshiko Brand", a distinction conferred jointly by METI and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

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In March 2016, six group entities within the Mizuho Group received "Platinum Kurumin" certification from Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The certification is awarded under the revised Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next–Generation Children to Kurumin–certified companies that improve on already high standards of support for employees with children.

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In May 2015, the Mizuho Financial Group was ranked 17th overall and No. 1 in the bank category regarding the Active Use of Women's Ability Best 100 in Nikkei Woman's Survey on Female Workers' Workplace Opportunities 2015. photo
Governance In December 2015, Mizuho Bank received the Security Committee Special Award at MCPC Award 2015 in recognition of its high–security smartphone banking app. photo
In November 2015, MHBK received a top ranking of three stars in the Banking Industry Support Portal Rankings hosted by Help Desk Institute. This ranking recognizes Mizuho's approach to alleviating customer questions, which includes creating this website from the perspective of customers and offering a wide selection of inquiry channels. photo
Numerous Mizuho Bank and Mizuho Trust & Banking branches have been awarded letters of appreciation by regional police departments for their contributions to preventing bank transfer scams.  
In November 2015, the Mizuho Financial Group received the IR Special Award from the Japan Investor Relations Association, which gave it high marks for top management's active involvement in IR practices as well as its approaches to IR activities and information disclosure. photo
Fiscal 2014 Results
Environment In March 2015, MHBK's continuous and proactive initiatives of the Equator Principles have been recognized for good practices in deposits, lending, and leasing under the Principles for Financial Action towards a Sustainable Society, (Principles for Financial Action for the 21st Century).
In January 2015, Mizuho Bank won the Grand Prize awarded under the Tokyo Chiyoda City Global Warming Action Plan System for the high assessment of its initiatives related to energy and resource conservation, various kinds of volunteer activities, and other initiatives.
Society In April 2014, Mizuho Bank received the MCPC Award 2014 Encouragement Award, which gave high marks for Mizuho's Smart Reception System for mobile devices.
In November 2014, the Mizuho Financial Group received the Career Support Company Award from the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare. Winners of this award are selected by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare based on their active support of employee career development.
Governance In October 2014, MHBK received a top ranking of three stars in the Banking Industry Support Portal Rankings hosted by Help Desk Institute because of being recognized for the visibility of its help site services.
Numerous Mizuho Bank and Mizuho Trust & Banking branches have been awarded letters of appreciation by regional police departments for their contributions to preventing bank transfer scams.