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Special Feature on Social and Environmental Considerations in Our Business Activities

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Mizuho recognizes its social responsibility as a global financial group to contribute to the sustainable development of society. Specifically, Mizuho aims to take a comprehensive approach to the development of its business activities that factors in economic, environmental, and social considerations. In order to advance these efforts given the specialized nature of the financial industry, Mizuho is an active participant in initiatives, such as The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the "Principles for Financial Action towards a Sustainable Society."

When participating in loan operations for large–scale development and construction projects, MHBK has sought to ensure both environmental protection and economic development through financing operations that are based on The Equator Principles, which were adopted by the company in 2003 and provide a framework to ensure full consideration of the social and environmental impacts of such projects.

In investment activities as well, MHTB, along with DIAM, is a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), which ensure that institutional investors incorporate environmental, social, and corporate governance issues into their decision–making processes. Based on the spirit of PRI, MHTB and DIAM have incorporated items related to the environment, society, and corporate governance as indicators into some of their funds, and take those indicators into consideration when exercising their voting rights.

In considering environmental and social concerns in its operating processes, Mizuho Bank has been promoting the "Heartful Project," which adopts universal design principles making bank branches barrier–free, with an aim toward making the bank one that is easy for anyone to use regardless of age, gender, or disability. In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of business activities, we are also promoting throughout the Group measures aimed at fostering a society that places an emphasis on recycling and energy conservation.

Mizuho and its Involvement with the Equator Principles

Postings related to biodiversity offsets and Mizuho's involvement with the Equator Principles

Examples of Applying the Equator Principles

Examples of applying the Equator Principles in the Ichthys LNG project in Australia

Branches (Japan)

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Integrated Report

CSR Management

Fostering Industries with the Aim of Generating Business Opportunities

Corporate Information

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Mizuho's Brand Strategy

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