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Initiatives to Bring about a Recycling–based Society

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As part of its efforts to conserve resources and energy as a means of helping create a recycling–based society, Mizuho is giving particular emphasis to paper–the resource that it uses the greatest quantity of–as it promotes resource conservation efforts at each stage, from purchasing through to usage, disposal, and recycling.

Promoting Green Purchasing

Based on Mizuho's "Policy for Environmental Initiatives" and in line with its "Administrative Guidelines for Environmentally Responsible Procurement of Supplies, Goods, and Contracted Services," Mizuho is promoting "green" purchasing of products centered on such consumables as paper and stationery goods. When procuring such items, Mizuho requests the understanding of suppliers regarding these guidelines, and, especially for paper, Mizuho is actively working to use recycled paper and paper products made from pulp obtained from forests that are managed properly.

MHFG and its core group companies numbering nine in all have established green purchasing ratio targets for their domestic business facilities and, in fiscal 2014, achieved a ratio of 99.5%. In the current fiscal year, the 10 group companies are continuing their efforts to achieve and maintain target performance levels.

Targeted Green Purchasing Ratio for Paper

Green purchasing ratio (for paper) of 85% or more at 10 group companies

Green Purchasing Ratio (for Paper) (10 group companies)
Fiscal year 2010 2011 2012 2013*2 2014
Green purchasing ratio (%) (for paper) 95.1 95.9 99.4 99.2 99.5

We will obtain actual results from the promotion of green purchasing for stationery.

Green Purchasing Ratio (for Stationery) (10 group companies)
Fiscal year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Green purchasing ratio (for stationery) (%) 60.5 60.9 51.6 60.7 58.8

Reducing Paper Usage

Mizuho is working to reduce the volume of paper used at each of its group companies.

Principal Measures to Reduce Paper Usage

  • Ensuring the use of two–sided printing and reduced–magnification printing
  • Reappraising requirements for paper forms and shifting to electronic documents
  • Promoting paperless operations through the introduction of electronic application form systems
  • Expanding the range of paperless meetings through the introduction of tablet computers
  • Reducing unnecessary copying by shifting multifunction machines (printing, copying, scanning, facsimiles) from joint use within sections to joint use on floors
  • Shift reports on entrusted assets and other reports to electronic formats

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Through efforts to reduce its paper usage and other measures, in addition to working to decrease the amount of waste it generates, Mizuho is promoting separating and recycling waste.

Waste volume and its Recycling Ratio (Key Business Facilities*1)
Fiscal year 2010 2011 2012 2013*2 2014
Waste disposal (tons) 3,096 2,965 3,002 3,325 3,042
Waste reuse (tons) 2,610 2,524 2,502 2,718 2,395
Recycling ratio (%) 84.3 85.1 83.3 81.7 78.8
  • *1Key business facilities: Up to and including fiscal 2012, there were nine sites. MHBK Uchisaiwaicyo Head Office, MHBK Marunouchi 1–chome Building Office, MHBK Administration Center 3, MHBK Information Center, MHTB Head Office, MHIR Information Center and Marunouchi 2–chome building office. In fiscal 2013, the relocated Otemachi Head Office was added to those sites for a total of 10 sites. Since the MHBK Marunouchi 2–chome Building Office has now been removed and excluded, there were nine sites in fiscal 2014.
  • *2In fiscal 2013, there was a temporary increase in the amount of waste associated with partial relocations of business sites.

Promoting Paper Recycling

In addition to reducing the volume of paper usage and waste, we are aiming to increase our recycling rate through the implementation of such recycling measures as those to thoroughly separate paper waste into office automation paper, newspaper, magazines, cardboard, and other categories.

Paper Recycling Ratio (Key Business Facilities*1)
Fiscal year 2010 2011 2012 2013*2 2014
Waste paper disposal (tons) 2,300 2,160 2,180 2,373 1,996
Waste paper reuse (tons) 2,228 2,112 2,130 2,314 1,917
Recycling ratio (%) 96.9 97.8 97.7 97.5 96.0
  • *1Key domestic business facilities: Up to and including fiscal 2012, there were nine sites. MHBK Uchisaiwaicyo Head Office, MHBK Marunouchi 1–chome Building Office, MHBK Administration Center 3, MHBK Information Center, MHTB Head Office, MHIR Information Center and Marunouchi 2–chome building office. In fiscal 2013, the relocated Otemachi Head Office was added to those sites for a total of 10 sites. Since the MHBK Marunouchi 2–chome Building Office has now been removed and excluded, there were nine sites in fiscal 2014.
  • *2In fiscal 2013, there was a temporary increase in the amount of waste associated with partial relocations of business sites.

Reducing Non–combustible Waste and Recycling

Mizuho is working to reduce and recycle non–combustible waste by carefully sorting out cans, glass bottles and plastic bottles.

With regard to waste disposed by offices, we will conduct management and disposal according to an industrial waste manifest in line with the Wastes Disposal and Public Cleansing Act and remain in compliance with the law.

Non–combustible Waste Volumes and Recycling Ratios (Key Business Facilities*1)
Fiscal year 2010 2011 2012 2013*2 2014
Non–combustible waste (tons) 397 383 380 523 568
Non–combustible reusables (tons) 272 279 266 319 387
Recycling ratio (%) 68.6 72.9 69.9 61.0 68.1
  • *1Key domestic business facilities: Up to and including fiscal 2012, there were nine sites. MHBK Uchisaiwaicyo Head Office, MHBK Marunouchi 1–Chome Building Office, MHBK Administration Center 3, MHBK Information Center, MHTB Head Office, MHIR Information Center and Marunouchi 2–chome building office. In fiscal 2013, the relocated Otemachi Head Office was added to those sites for a total of 10 sites. Since the MHBK Marunouchi 2–chome Building Office has now been removed, there were nine sites in fiscal 2014.
  • *2In fiscal 2013 and 2014, there was a temporary increase in the amount of waste associated with partial relocations of business sites.

Principal Measures for Reducing/Recycling Waste Products

Each company in the Mizuho Group is moving ahead with measures to reduce the volume of waste products it generates and to ensure that those waste products are recycled.

Paper–Usage Reduction Achieved by Not Issuing Passbooks Since 2000, Mizuho has been expanding the operations of its Internet branches that do not use physical branch buildings or counters and entail the issuance of passbooks. Not issuing passbooks has enabled a reduction of annual paper usage equivalent to about one million sheets of A4–sized paper. (MHBK)
Reuse/Recycling of Uniforms In addition to using uniforms tailored from natural fibers or materials created from the recycling of PET bottles, we are using a centralized system for the recovery/management of used uniforms to enable the repeated use of uniforms. (MHBK, MHTB)
Introduction of Environment–Friendly Toner Products The use of environment–friendly toner products that reduce printing–related waste generation by enabling the refilling of empty toner cartridges has been adopted at all branches throughout Japan. (MHBK)
Reducing/Recycling Waste Oil Automated edible oil filtering devices have been introduced for use at the cafeterias of principal facilities, and the volume of waste associated with those materials has been reduced by recycling them into ink, paint, and feed–use oils and fats. (MHBK, MHIR)

Water Conservation

Mizuho is introducing water–saving devices and taking other initiatives that have led to a sustained decrease in water usage.

The MHBK Uchisaiwaicyo Head Office and the MHBK Tama Center use a total of 37 thousand cubic meters of reused wastewater (recycled water), including the cooling tower blow–treated water and rainwater–treated water, used for the cooling tower water supply, the flushing of toilets, etc.

Other Initiatives Aimed at Helping to Realize a Recycling–Based Society

Branches (Japan)

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Integrated Report

CSR Management

Fostering Industries with the Aim of Generating Business Opportunities

Corporate Information

Group Companies

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