Our people are essential to the success of our business and we are proud of our many achievements in embedding inclusion and diversity within Mizuho. We celebrate and value our differences and by promoting and ensuring an inclusive environment we can build on the collective, and complementary, skills, knowledge, background and networks of our people.
Senior management commitment
Our senior management are fully committed to Mizuho’s inclusion and diversity agenda, and receive regular updates on progress towards our goals. Our senior leaders continue to have objectives that hold them accountable for achievements towards internal aspirational targets.
Inclusion at Mizuho EMEA
Being a founding signatory to the UK's HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter, as well as the first Japanese owned financial institution to sign the Charter, is evidence of our commitment to see gender balance at all levels across financial services firms. Further evidence is the range of collaborative partnerships we have entered into in order to support inclusivity in the workplace and to translate learnings into meaningful outcomes for Mizuho.
Valuing diversity is an integral part of our strategy for competing in the current and future marketplace. Underpinned by our five group values of customer first, innovative spirit, speed, team spirit and passion, creating an inclusive workplace is paramount for driving business performance and success.
With our values at the core of our culture, we are proud to be running a second Allies programme in collaboration with Stonewall to raise awareness and maintain and enhance our culture of inclusion and diversity.
Inclusion across Mizuho globally
Mizuho Financial Group has long been engaged in activities to enhance inclusion and diversity, and in 2016 published a Diversity and Inclusion Statement outlining the strategy, areas of focus and initiatives planned to promote the active involvement of Mizuho's diverse workforce.
Mizuho Financial Group is proud to be awarded a gold rating on the PRIDE Index by work with Pride for the third year in a row. The index recognises our initiatives to create an inclusive environment for colleagues from the LGBT+ community. In Japan, Mizuho Bank began offering mortgages to same sex couples in 2017, and held a life planning seminar for same sex couples in 2018.
Mizuho Financial Group has been selected as a member in the Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index (GEI) since 2018. The Bloomberg GEI is a reference index created in 2016 by Bloomberg to meet a growing need among investors worldwide for greater access to information that allows them to evaluate companies' reputations, values and business results.
We are also proud to say that for three years in a row, Mizuho has received the Nadeshiko Brand designation. This is a recognition jointly conferred by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), recognising TSE-listed companies that are outstanding in terms of encouraging the empowerment of women in the workplace.