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.
Our Approach to the Sustainable Development Goals
At Mizuho, we take an integrated view on sustainability and business strategy. We have designated materiality areas based on the expectations of society (the expectations stakeholders have about Mizuho’s impact on society) and their importance for Mizuho (medium- to long-term impact on our corporate value and compatibility with Mizuho’s strategies and business areas), and are proactively implementing initiatives that contribute to the SDGs.
Declining birthrate and aging population, plus good health and lengthening lifespans
Industry development & innovation
Sound economic growth
Environment & society
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 realize a sustainable society. The Business Desk leverages the collective expertise of the group to generate social impact, creating business to help local industry serve its community, designing and promoting business capable of finding solutions to social issues, developing new products for impact finance in response to the rising interest both in Japan and overseas, and working with impact-driven startups.
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.
Seminars and other events
In December 2020, Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Trust & Banking, Mizuho Securities, Mizuho Research Institute (currently Mizuho Research & Technologies), Mizuho Information & Research Institute (currently Mizuho Research & Technologies) and Asset Management One co–sponsored with Nihon Keizai Shimbun a forum on sustainability entitled Toward a New Era of Sustainability–Building a New Growth Story and the Potential of Sustainability Solutions. The objective of the forum was to deepen understanding of the viewpoints and challenges of business initiatives aimed at realizing a sustainable society from the perspectives of investors, companies, and financial institutions.
Additionally, in December 2021, Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Trust & Banking, Mizuho Securities, Mizuho Research & Technologies, and Asset Management One conducted an online forum on "The Next Stage of Carbon Neutral Practices and Sustainability: Toward Achieving True SDGs" in collaboration with Nikkei Inc. With the accelerating movement toward a decarbonized society and the achievement of the SDGs, this forum aimed to shed light on perceptions of corporate initiatives and deepen understanding of the challenges being faced to achieve a sustainable society from the perspectives of investors, corporations, and financial institutions. And, in December 2022, Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Trust & Banking, Mizuho Securities, Mizuho Research & Technologies and Asset Management One again joined forces with Nikkei Inc. to organize an online forum on “The Merits of Sustainable Business: Transition in Practice and Engagement with Emerging Initiatives (Biodiversity, Human Capital, Impact Investments,” bringing together internal and external experts and practitioners in sustainability issues to deliver inspiring lectures and panel discussions.
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.