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Barrier–free Initiatives

MHBK has been promoting the Heartful Project since November 2005 with a view to becoming a bank that is easy for anyone to use regardless of age, gender or disability. Winning acclaim for its multifaceted barrier–free initiatives, MHBK received the following commendations from local governments and other institutions from fiscal 2011 to fiscal 2012.

Commendations from FY2011 to FY2012
Date Sponsor Name of Commendation or Award
Mar 2012 Hyogo Prefecture Been named the first recipient of the "Hyogo Prefecture Citizens Universal Facility" certification
Mar 2013 Recognition for Good Practices with Regard to the Principles for Financial Action towards a Sustainable Society

Mizuho Receives Good Practices Award for its Principles for Financial Action towards a Sustainable Society

Mizuho's "Heartful Project" and "Heartful Business" initiatives have been recognized for good practices in deposits, lending, and leasing under the Principles for Financial Action towards a Sustainable Society, (Principles for Financial Action for the 21st Century), which is a voluntary initiative established by a committee of financial institutions. Mizuho's initiatives to promote a more barrier–free society for the elderly and persons with disabilities through efforts towards universal design and the creation of barrier free environments within Mizuho offices, as well as providing loans and services to companies that offer products, services, or employment to the elderly or disabled, have been well regarded by our peers in the financial industry.

Mizuho's Initiatives for Financial Crime Prevention

The steps taken by individual branches of MHBK and MHTB to prevent remittance solicitation fraud have received high praise, and many branches were commended by the police. We shall continue to make every effort to prevent the damage caused by remittance solicitation fraud.

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The Magome Branch of MHBK received a commendation from the head of the Ikegami Police Station and the Ikegami Crime Prevention Association for its major contributions to creating a safe and peaceful neighborhood. The commendation recognized the fact that all the employees of the Magome Branch worked conscientiously and helped prevent four instances of fraudulent transfers in one year.

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The Sakuradai Branch of MHBK received an award from the head of the Nerima Police Station and the Nerima Crime Prevention Association for outstanding crime prevention activities by speaking and warning customers to prevent fraud against housewives.

The Sakuradai Branch has been politely warning housewives about possible fraudulent and, as a result, 11 incidents were prevented from October 2012 onward.

Environment

The project financing for the solar power project in Jordan was awarded the "Environmental Finance of the Year" by Environment Finance magazine.

In March 2016, the project financing for the Shams Ma'an Solar Power Generation project in Jordan received the "Environmental Finance of the Year (in the Solar Finance category) from Environmental Finance magazine. The financing was arranged by MHBK, together with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Standard Chartered Bank. And appreciated for its innovative nature of the financing and its contributions to solving common issues in the Middle East.

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Recognized for good practices in the Principles for Financial Action towards a Sustainable Society

Mizuho's initiatives of the Equator Principles have been recognized for good practices in deposits, lending, and leasing under the Principles for Financial Action towards a Sustainable Society, (Principles for Financial Action for the 21st Century). Mizuho's initiatives to apply the Equator Principles for financing projects accurately as well as playing a leadership role in the Equator Principles Association have been well regarded by our peers in the financial industry.

Received Grand Prize in the Tokyo Chiyoda City Global Warming Action Plan System

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In January 2015, Mizuho Bank won the Grand Prize awarded under the Tokyo Chiyoda City Global Warming Action Plan System for the high assessment of its initiatives related to energy and resource conservation, various kinds of volunteer activities, and other initiatives.

Financial Education

Received "Excellent Material Awards concerning Consumer Education" from the National Institute on Consumer Education (Japan)

In March 2012, a financial education textbook and related educational–support DVD developed and prepared jointly by the Mizuho Financial Group and Tokyo Gakugei University were highly assessed and received an Award for Excellence in the eighth Awards for Consumer Education Materials sponsored by the National Institute on Consumer Education.

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Social Contributions

Received Award from the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

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In February 2014, the Mizuho Aishin Charity Fund, which engages in charitable activities in communities throughout Taiwan, received a silver medal at the 2014 Awards for Donations to Educational Institutions, which was hosted by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Employees

Received the "Career Support Company Award 2014: Prize for Corporations that Nurture Human Resources and Corporations Where Human Resources Are Developed," an Award from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

In November 2014, the Mizuho Financial Group received the Career Support Company Award from the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare. Winners of this award are selected by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare based on their active support of employee career development.

Governance

Receipt of Information Management Golden Security Award from the Joint Credit Information Center (JCIC) of Taiwan

The Joint Credit Information Center (JCIC), an information management institution affiliated with Taiwan's government, has awarded MHBK's local unit the Fiscal 2013 Information Management Golden Security Award. Mizuho is the only foreign bank to win this award, and it has been chosen to receive the award for five consecutive years based on JCIC's high evaluation of Mizuho's performance regarding three main criteria—"management posture regarding credit information inquiries," "audit work and audit report preparation," and "inquiry response management."

Inclusion in SRI Indexes

In recent years, in the area of portfolio management strategy, Socially Responsible Investment*1, which takes into consideration not only financial evaluations of outlooks for corporate earnings and growth but also ethics, observance of laws, and approaches to environmental problems, has been attracting a great deal of attention.

Mizuho's CSR initiatives have received high evaluations from domestic and overseas SRI rating agencies, and, as of January 15, 2016, MHFG has been included in four SRI Indexes: The Dow Jones Sustainability Index*2 Asia Pacific, the FTSE4Good Global 100 Index*3, MSCI Global Sustainability Index*4 and the Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index*5.

  1. *1Socially Responsible Investment (SRI)
    SRI is an investment technique that aims for stable earnings by evaluating and selecting companies by means of not only conventional investment criteria based on financial analysis but also social, ethical, and environmental considerations including legal compliance, employment issues, human rights issues, consumer response, and contributions to society and local communities.
  2. *2Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Dow Jones, USA and RobecoSAM, Switzerland)
    This index was jointly developed by Dow Jones of the Unitad States and the Swiss SRI research company RobecoSAM. A total of 145 companies were selected from approximately 600 largest companies in Asia Pacific region for inclusion in the DJSI Asia Pacific Index.

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  3. *3FTSE4Good Index Series (FTSE Group, U.K.)
    A SRI index created by the FTSE Group, an independent company owned by the London Stock Exchange.

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  4. *4MSCI Global Sustainability Index (MSCI, USA)
    These indexes have been developed by MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital International). Companies evaluated from the view point of ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) are included in these indexes.

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    THE INCLUSION OF Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. IN ANY MSCI INDEX, AND THE USE OF MSCI LOGOS, TRADEMARKS, SERVICE MARKS OR INDEX NAMES HERIN, DO NOT CONSTITUTE A SPONSORSHIP, ENDORSEMENT OR PROMOTION OF NEC Corporation BY MSCI OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES. THE MSCI INDEXES ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF MSCI. MSCI AND THE MSCI INDEX NAMES AND LOGOS ARE TRADEMARKS OR SERVICE MARKS OF MSCI OR ITS AFFILIATES.
  5. *5Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index (Morningstar, Japan)
    The Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index (MS–SRI) is the first socially responsible investment index in Japan. Morningstar Japan K.K. selects 150 companies from listed companies in Japan by assessing their social responsibility, and converts their stock prices into the index.

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