Grievance Mechanism and Stakeholder Dialogues
We have established a number of consultation systems for our employees and will continuously work on establishing appropriate mechanisms to ensure people have access to remedy when needed. Employees, customers, and other stakeholders can bring to our attention their concerns through our branches, head office, call centers, designated telephone lines, and via our website.
We place emphasis on engagement with our stakeholders and strives for transparency and responsiveness.
Mizuho has a grievance mechanism through our branches and headquarters. Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Trust and Banking, Mizuho Securities have designated telephone lines shown on website. Mizuho Americas also has its own grievance system on website to receive comments from stakeholders.
To address internal issues, we have established a number of consultation systems, including a regulatory compliance hotline, human rights helpline, and an employee consultation office. We are making every effort to provide a system that gaurantees anonymity and confidentiality while maintaining impartiality and protecting the rights of employees when addressing concerns or responding to complaints.
We communicate Human Rights Policy to our business partners and express our expectation that they uphold a standard of respect for human rights commensurate with this policy.
We strive to be proactive in two–way communications on human rights and environmental issues with various stakeholders, including equity holders, investors, media, and NGOs, in order to benefit from their advice to further strengthen our efforts to respect human rights.
Australian Modern Slavery Act 2018
In accordance with the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018, Mizuho Bank publishes a Modern Slavery Statement and reports our actions to prevent or mitigate negative impacts on human rights related to modern slavery risks, in both our own operations and our supply chains.
UK Modern Slavery Act 2015
In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the London Branch of Mizuho Bank publishes an Anti–Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement, and reports on its efforts to mitigate risks in its own business and supply chain.
Participation in a global conference
We supported the UNEP Finance Initiatives ("UNEP FI") Regional Roundtable on Sustainable Finance held in Tokyo on December 11 and 12, 2017 as a UNEP FI member.
As part of the event, we participated in the roundtable as a panelist in the session on environmental and social risk analysis. During the regional roundtable, we discussed the latest trends on human rights issues with other participants, including environmental and human rights experts, and NGOs.