Consulting on environmental management
As visions for a future society are being shared internationally through initiatives such as the Paris Agreement and the SDGs, the ability of a company to respond to business risks and opportunities that arise from environmental areas is beginning to affect how companies are evaluated. The proliferation of ESG investment and lending—which first arose in the US and Europe—is progressing in Japan as well, and many institutional investors are placing an increased emphasis on corporate standards for managing environment–related risks and opportunities as a metric for determining a company's sustainability and growth potential over the long–term.
In their management strategies, companies are expected to improve the environmental performance of their products and services, and, depending on the industry, may be expected to transition their business portfolios while working to acquire business opportunities. Due to the globalization and growing complexity of corporate activities, companies must be aware not only of the environmental impact of their own consolidated group, but also that of suppliers and customers in their value chains.
In light of this, proactive companies are beginning to set scenarios of what the future might look like for their business, identifying and evaluating all potential business risks and opportunities to use these as a basis for establishing an environmental vision and strategy that is aligned with their management strategy. By ensuring corporate resilience through incorporating environmental risks and opportunities into the management strategy, they are appealing to their business development and the sustainability of their companies.
Primarily by leveraging the strengths of Mizuho Research & Technologies, which has expertise in the environmental field, Mizuho provides a range of solutions, from information services to consultation, for creating and implementing an environmental strategy that is completely in step with the overall management strategy.
Overall outline of approaches to the formulation of an environmental vision and planning for environmental management
Environmental business matching
Mizuho Bank has established a solution network to support customer environmental management and provides business matching to introduce customers to the most suitable environmental management partners.
Business matching pairs Mizuho Bank customers with companies with consulting capabilities or that possess environmental and energy solutions, such as Scope 1, 2, and 3 compliance as defined by the Ministry of the Environment. Specifically, we introduce companies with abilities to visualize CO2 emissions, support TCFD/CDP measures, assist in strategy and plan creation, provide products and services related to reducing CO2 emissions, and assist in introducing renewable energy equipment, such as solar and small wind power generators. Our business matching activities can help companies in all aspects of environmental management.
Mizuho also holds a business matching forum with a focus on the environmental issues, which have been receiving increasing attention in recent years.