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Creating a Safe, Comfortable Workplace

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Initiatives for a Comfortable Work Environment

At Mizuho, we promote a comfortable and safe worksite where employees' rights are respected. To establish a relationship of mutual trust between the company and its employees, Mizuho promotes sufficient communication between management and employees, and works to create workplaces where employees are highly motivated.

In addition, Mizuho defines personnel risk as the risk of losses due to personnel leaving or lowered morale. To deal with this form of risk, Mizuho has an ongoing initiative to develop management methods and conducts monitoring of employee awareness surveys that minimize personnel risk.

Initiatives for Workplace Safety and Health

As part of our initiatives to comply with laws and ordinances concerning occupational safety and health, we strive to improve the safety and health of employees through various health examinations, providing health management under the direction of industrial physicians and other specialists, and establishing the Health Committee with the objective of creating workplaces that are safe and healthy.

Principal Initiatives

  • Establishment of "Health Development Centers" staffed with full–time industrial physicians.
  • Conduct of annual physical examinations in which industrial physicians provide health advice to all employees.
  • Implementation of thorough preventive measures for all employees and their families to deal with influenza and other communicable diseases and measures in the case of suffering from other illnesses.
  • Issuance to all employees of "Health News" by our health insurance union.
  • Discussions at the meetings of the Health Committee between representatives of management and workers of ways to improve workers' health, including prevention of overwork.
Work–related Accidents (Cases)
  FY2012 FY2013 FY2014
Work–related accidents 119 128 110
resulting in leave 8 4 4
Commuting–related accidents 123 104 113
resulting in leave 17 11 13
  1. *1Data compiled for Mizuho Financial Group (including loaned employees to Mizuho Securities), Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Trust & Banking, and Mizuho Information & Research Institute.
  2. *2No accidents resulted in death.

Initiatives to Ensure and Improve Employees' Mental Health

Mizuho recognizes mental health is an important pillar of employee health care management, and various measures have been adopted to deal with it. One of the self–care functions offered by Mizuho takes the form of a tool that allows employees to check their own stress levels at any time using the Mizuho intranet. To assist with line care, managers are given training to raise their awareness levels*, while industrial physicians and other occupational health care staff provide local guidance and other support on an ongoing basis. We have also set up a consultation system that employees can access easily, establishing desks where employees can talk to expert counselors about their concerns and anxieties.

  • *Note: In fiscal 2014, we conducted training for an accumulated total of 1,156 persons (Total for Mizuho Financial Group (including loaned employees to Mizuho Securities), Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Trust & Banking, and Mizuho Information & Research Institute.)

Maintaining a Sound Relationship between the Company and Its Employees

Mizuho builds relationships of mutual respect with employees, works to maintain and improve working conditions to boost their economic standing, and contributes to the national economy through healthy corporate development.

In accordance with labor legislation, group companies engage in required labor negotiations with parties such as unions or employee representatives who represent a majority of employees at each business location. We have established a Management Conference, a Central Labor Conference and a Workplace Conference to deal with the different issues as appropriate.

Management Council

This is a meeting to exchange opinions on management policy and business results and solve problems in the case of disputes or the discovery of risks.

Central Council

This is a meeting to discuss employees' work conditions such as work hours and benefits.

Workplace Council

This is a meeting to discuss work conditions, welfare, disciplinary rules, enhancement of efficiency and complaints at each worksite, etc.

Employee Opinion Survey Results

Each group company annually confirms the nature of employee opinions by implementing an employee opinion survey, including questions regarding the level of respondents' "Job satisfaction" and "Pride in being a Mizuho employee."

Employee Opinion Survey Results
  Fiscal 2013 Fiscal 2014
Job satisfaction 3.7 3.7
Pride in being a Mizuho employee 3.7 3.7
  • *Figures represent group–wide averages of responses on a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high).

Initiatives to Raise Human Rights Awareness

To establish a corporate culture that fully respects human rights, each Group company engages in efforts to raise the awareness of human rights. We have established basic policies on respect for human rights and have signed the United Nation's Global Compact to demonstrate our agreement with its calls for voluntary compliance with its principles on matters including human rights, labor, and anti–corruption.

We have appointed employees to be responsible for promoting human rights awareness within divisions, offices, and branches, and all employees must take the "Human Rights Awareness Worksite Training" each year. Related training is also conducted annually for officers, division/office/branch managers and the personnel in charge of the promotion of human rights awareness.

In addition to the provision of training, Mizuho takes other measures to enhance and raise the awareness of human rights. Such measures include collecting human rights–related catchphrases from employees of the Group companies and their families and the use of leaflets and the intranet to disseminate information.

In the rare case of sexual or other types of harassment, an in–house consultation system is in place. With this system, each Group company has multiple places where victims can seek assistance.

Mizuho's Basic Policy

With the following basic policy, Mizuho engages in activities to raise awareness of the respect for human rights. We work to ensure all employees understand these basic policies through means including the training mentioned above.

  • The group respects the dignity and human rights of customers, officers, employees and all persons. It also establishes a corporate culture in which human rights are fully respected.
  • Respect for each other and behaving with compassion make Mizuho a better place to work by creating a positive and encouraging mood, which also leads to the Group gaining trust from customers.
  • Mizuho has established a Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Committee to raise each employee's awareness of human rights.

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