Efforts Related to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were adopted at the UN Summit held in September 2015, and are composed of 17 goals and 169 targets that the world should aim to address by 2030. Corporations are also expected to implement more significant initiatives and make contributions toward the achievement of the SDGs.

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Our Approach to the Sustainable Development Goals

We have identified Key Sustainability Areas in response to the expectations and demands of our stakeholders based on medium– to long–term impact on our corporate value, as well as the strategic importance and affinity of such areas with our strategies, and are proactively implementing initiatives that contribute to the SDGs.

Key Sustainability Areas Main Initiatives

Declining birthrate and aging population, plus good health and lengthening lifespans

NO POVERTY     GOOD HEALTH AND WELL–BEING

DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

  • Asset formation to prepare for the future
  • Expanding services that respond to a society with a declining birthrate and aging population
  • Convenient services in line with diversifying lifestyles

Asset formation initiatives

Expanding services that accommodate changing demographic trends

Digitalization

Industry development & innovation

     DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH   

 INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE     SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

  • Smooth business succession
  • Industry transformation
  • Acceleration of innovation
  • Growth in Asian economic zones
  • Creating resilient social infrastructure

Support for start–ups and business succession

Digitalization

Creating resilient social infrastructure

Revitalizing regional economies

Sound economic growth

DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

  • Strengthening capital markets functions
  • Transition to a cashless society
  • Environmentally conscious social programs

Responsible financing and investment

Digitalization

Environmental considerations

AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY     CLIMATE ACTION

  • Promoting action to address climate change and supporting the transition to a low carbon society

Climate Change Initiatives

Environmental business initiatives

Corporate governance

PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS     PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

  • Enhancing corporate governance
  • Risk management, strengthening our IT infrastructure, and compliance
  • Disclosure of information in a fair, timely, and appropriate manner, and holding dialogue with stakeholders

Corporate Governance System

Risk management structure

Digitalization

Compliance

Crime prevention

Stakeholder Communication

Human capital

GENDER EQUALITY     DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

  • Talent development and creating workplaces that give employees a sense of purpose

Employees

Environment & society

AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY     REDUCED INEQUALITIES

CLIMATE ACTION     QUALITY EDUCATION

  • Environmental and human rights considerations for investment and lending
  • Addressing climate change
  • Improving financial and economic literacy, and promoting activities that contribute to society based on regional and societal needs

Responsible financing and investment

Human Rights

Addressing Climate Change (Initiatives based on TCFD Recommendations)

Financial and Economic Education

Social Contributions

Open partnerships and collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders

PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

Stakeholder Communication

Joint Sustainable Development Goals Conference

 

Initiatives for the Sustainable Development Goals

As part of our efforts to achieve the SDGs, we are strengthening our promotion structure and holding seminars and other events. We are pursuing the SDGs as a united group, leveraging the expert functions of each of our group companies.

Strengthening of promotion structure

To support our clients' SDG and ESG initiatives, we are developing a group-wide sustainability promotion structure.

Strengthening support for sustainable businesses

Establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals Business Desk

Mizuho Bank established the Sustainable Development Goals Business Desk in June 2017 with the goal of utilizing innovation to promote economic growth and resolve social issues. The Business Desk leverages the collective expertise of the group to provide cross–entity support for building networks with social entrepreneurs and related agencies and local governments. It discovers and develops social entrepreneurs and businesses that are advancing the latest technologies and adopting new business models, and provides capital raising for social businesses that contribute in fields such as regional vitalization.

Initiatives to support innovative start–ups

Conclusion of the investment agreement for Japan's first "social impact bond": The new results–based public–private partnership method introduced in Hachioji City (Japanese text only) (PDF/258KB)

Achievement of interim results target for increasing number of early cancer detections through social impact bond project in Hachioji City (Japanese text only) (PDF/185KB)

Mizuho Sustainable Development Goals Business Design

Mizuho Information & Research Institute(Currently Mizuho Research & Technologies) launched a service called Mizuho Sustainable Development Goals Business Design, which aims to support Japanese companies in increasing their corporate value through the creation of innovative business and initiatives that contribute to the SDGs in developing countries around the world as well as within Japan.

By utilizing the insight, expertise, and networks that we have cultivated thus far in developing and expanding businesses into markets outside Japan including in developing nations, we will support companies in optimizing their businesses for the SDGs as well as development through the formation of business ecosystems.

Mizuho Sustainable Development Goals Business Design (Japanese text only)

Seminars and other events

FY2020

Joint ESG forum with Nikkei

Participation in ESG seminar hosted by Refinitiv

FY2019

Joint ESG forum with Nikkei

Mizuho Business Innovation Forum

5th Mizuho Executive Syndicated Loan Seminar

4th industry-government-academia collaboration seminar

AIST and Mizuho Bank present SDG seminar

FY2018

Sustainable Development Goals Business Matching Forum

Joint Sustainable Development Goals Conference

Participation in ESG seminar hosted by Refinitiv

In October 2020, Mizuho Bank participated as a panelist in an ESG seminar hosted by Refinitiv. Mizuho Bank introduced various ESG financing methods and led discussions on market trends and future prospects.

4th Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration Seminar

In October 2019, Mizuho Securities held its fourth industry-government-academia collaboration seminar for corporate, local government, and university stakeholders interested in applying such collaboration to solving social issues. Under the theme of "Industry-government-academia efforts to achieve the SDGs: Establishing a sense of ownership in all members of the organization", the seminar featured talks and panel discussions from experts and opportunities for participants to exchange opinions.

AIST and Mizuho Bank present SDG seminar

Mizuho Bank and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), one of the largest public research organizations in Japan, hosted a seminar on SDG topics entitled "Collaborative Innovation and the Creation of New Corporate Value" in July 2019.

Focused on current key issues in the environmental, AI, and intellectual property fields and with a keynote presentation by a representative from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the seminar provided a wide range of information about working with AIST to achieve the SDGs as well as about the SDGs and other items investors are looking for in companies. The seminar was well received by participants, among whom were representatives of corporations, public institutions, and financial institutions.

Mizuho Bank will continue working with AIST to help clients address important issues.

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