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Initiatives for Responsible Investment and Financing

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By engaging in responsible investment and financing, Mizuho is aiming to contribute to sustainable development in Japan as well as elsewhere in Asia and throughout the world. Besides instituting "Credit Codes" that prescribe fundamental postures and other guidelines for employees engaged credit operations, Mizuho is participating in international initiatives for responsible investment and financing.

Participation in Initiatives

Initiatives for Giving Due Regard to the Environment and Society under the Equator Principles

Mizuho Bank (formerly Mizuho Corporate Bank) recognized early on that the Equator Principles would become a new business standard in international financing for environmental and social risk management of large–scale projects and therefore within six months of their inception in June 2003, Mizuho Bank became the first Asian bank to adopt the Equator Principles in October 2003. Since then, Mizuho Bank has been conducting environmental and social risks assessments based on the Equator Principles, and has also been proactively undertaking initiatives to promote them, and raise awareness regarding environmental and social risks impacts among businesses and other related parties, including the borrowers. These activities have enabled Mizuho Bank to contribute to balanced economic development via financing and environmental preservation, thus fulfilling its social responsibility as a financial institution.

Since the adoption of the Equator Principles in October 2003, Mizuho Bank has played a leadership role in the Equator Principles Association as a member of the Steering Committee. Mizuho Bank also led the Equator Principles Association as its Chair for the term May 2014 to May 2015, thus becoming the only Asian Bank to chair the association.

For more–detailed information about Mizuho's initiatives related to the Equator Principles, please refer to Mizuho and the Equator Principles.

In addition to the above, when providing finance for projects under Interest subsidy program by Japan's Ministry of Environment for promoting projects conducting environmental impact assessment, regardless of Equator Principles applicability, Mizuho Bank is responsible of conducting appropriate environmental due diligence utilizing their environmental and social risks assessment knowledge.

Initiatives for the Convention on Cluster Munitions and Other Weapons

Before the Convention on Cluster Munitions (Oslo Treaty) came into effect, at the end of July 2010, related officers and employees were duly requested to take responses according to Credit Codes with honor and respect to the intent of the convention when carrying out credit transactions.

From the perspectives of preserving public order and morals, social justice, and humanity, MHBK has established a clear policy and procedures for avoiding provision of financing for manufacturing weapons that are to be used for killing and inflicting damage, including cluster munitions.

Initiatives Related to Environmental Risk in Real Estate Activities

To deal with environmental risk in real estate, including pollution of the soil, usage of asbestos, and other issues related to real estate collateral, Mizuho implements assessments of environmental risk when certain established conditions apply. When risks are judged to be above a specified level, the amount corresponding to the assessed risk is deducted.

In addition, based on its internal regulations, MHTB confirms the presence or absence of environmental risk not only when real estate assets are placed in trust but also periodically thereafter with the objective of promoting appropriate liquidity in real estate markets. Moreover, with a view to the possibility of taking remedial action that may become necessary following changes in regulations, MHTB specifies measures to be taken and time limits in relevant trust contracts for implementing such measures and monitors the progress.

Moreover, Mizuho takes measures, including investigations and taking of appropriate procedures regarding the usage of asbestos and also appropriate management of PCBs in its own branches and offices.

Participation in the UN's "Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)"

MHTB and DIAM have signed on to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), which ensure that institutional investors and pension funds, etc., incorporate environmental, social, and corporate governance issues into their decision–making processes. Based on the purpose of PRI, MHTB and DIAM have incorporated items related to the environment, society, and corporate governance as indicators into some of its funds, and also take those indicators into consideration in exercising voting rights.

Accepting the Principles of the "Japanese Version of the Stewardship Code" for "Responsible Institutional Investors"

MHTB, MHAM, and DIAM accept and are implementing the principles of the "Japanese Version of the Stewardship Code" for "responsible institutional investors" to fulfill their stewardship responsibility as the responsible institutional investors.

Mizuho Trust & Banking: Japan's Stewardship Code

DIAM Asset Management: Japan's Stewardship Code

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