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Basic Policy on Respect for Human Rights

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Mizuho places the utmost emphasis on promoting initiatives that help raise awareness toward human rights at each group company as a part of efforts to nurture a corporate culture that reflects a deep respect for human rights. In addition to positioning human rights as a key element of its Code of Conduct, Mizuho has clearly indicated that it will tolerate no discrimination or harassment on the basis of gender, nationality, race, ethnic origin, religion, or presence of disabilities.

In addition, Mizuho practices the generally applicable principles regarding human rights and labor that are contained in "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights" and in "The International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work." Mizuho is also a signatory to the UN Global Compact's voluntary principles on human rights, labor, the environment, anti–corruption, and others. Mizuho also makes reference to and promotes various initiatives related to other international codes of conduct, including the "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights" issued by the United Nations and ISO 26000.

Respect for Human Rights

We respect the human rights of our customers, corporate officers, employees and other individuals and strive to achieve a corporate culture that promotes human rights.

Today, respect for human rights is a universally recognized standard of behavior. Individuals are increasingly being asked to refrain from discriminatory and abusive behavior based on gender, race, color, creed, religious beliefs, handicaps, and the like, and to strongly oppose those who engage in such conduct. As a group that comes in frequent contact with individuals and personal information, the need to strictly protect privacy is also considered a matter of course.

Moreover, as a fundamental stance toward human rights, Mizuho places the utmost weight on mutual dignity and respect, as well as behavior that consistently takes into consideration the feelings of others. This constant awareness is of paramount importance in laying the foundation for a workplace in which employees can carry out their duties with a strong sense of vitality while also serving to generate trust from customers.

Each and every employee must never lose sight of the need to engage in behavior that reflects a respect for human rights. Based on this understanding, Mizuho established the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Committee and is actively working to raise the awareness of all employees toward human rights as an important management issue.

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