Sound economic growth
As a financial services group, Mizuho will contribute to sound economic growth through initiatives that promote the shift to a cashless society and the strengthening of capital markets functions, in order to support the sustainable development and prosperity of the economy, industry and society around the world.
Strengthening capital markets functions
By enhancing constructive engagement with investee companies, and focusing on ESG integration, we aim to maximize returns by increasing the corporate value of investee companies.
Stewardship activities that contribute to the increased corporate value of our clients
Mizuho Trust & Banking and Asset Management One (AM–One) are advancing initiatives which focus on the execution of their stewardship responsibilities and promote ESG investment. AM–One is responsible for the various asset management functions distributed throughout the group. The AM–One Responsible Investment Department, created along with the establishment of AM–One in October 2016, is active in the exercise of its voting rights, as well as constructive engagement with investee companies on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics. AM–One encourages ESG integration—via which ESG elements are incorporated in investment processes—through initiatives such as the establishment of the Strategic Fund for ESG Engagement of Japanese Equities in July 2018. In August 2018, AM–One published a report detailing its stewardship activities. Regarding its activities outside of Japan, in December 2018, AM–One signed the UK Stewardship Code and acquired Tier 1 status, the highest status provided by the UK Financial Reporting Council to signatory institutions.
Promotion of ESG investment in investment chains