Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.

RATING

SECTOR

Financial Services

WEBSITE

CONTACT

Mizuho Marunouchi Tower
1-3-3 Marunouchi
Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-8241
Japan

Telephone: 81-3-5224-1111

STOCK EXCHANGE

LISTING

  • Forbes World’s Best Banks 2020
  • Forbes #242 Global 2000 2020
  • Forbes #119 Top Regarded Companies 2019

EMPLOYEES

59,132

CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER

This company does not disclose this information.

AWARDS

  • Outstanding Performance Award in the 2020 Sustainable Finance Awards hosted by the Research Institute for Environmental Finance
  • Granted the highest three-star ranking and received awards in HDI
  • November 2020, Mizuho Financial Group received 5 stars on the 4th Nikkei Smart Work Management Survey
  • November 2020 gold rating on the PRIDE Index, an index created by voluntary organization “work with Pride”
  • June 2020, received grand prize in Nikkei Computer’s IT Japan Awards 2020 
  • March 3, 2020 received the Nadeshiko Brand designation for the third year in a row
  • Recognized under the 2020 Health & Productivity Stock Selection
  • November 2019 received 5 stars on the third Nikkei Smart Work Management Survey
  • Selected as an AAA Website in Nikko Investor Relations’ 2019 All Japanese Listed Companies’ Website Ranking
  • Received Excellence Award in Daiwa Investor Relations’ 2019 Internet IR Awards.
  • Received Gold Ranking in Morningstar Japan’s 2019 Gomez IR Site Rankings.

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FURTHER READING

Report created by William Evans

Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.

SECTIONS :  Sustainability Targets    Evaluation  •  Key Points  •  Overview

 

Company Activity

Mizuho Financial group Inc. is the second largest Japanese bank founded in 2003. In 2002, Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Fuji Bank, and the Industrial Bank of Japan merged to form the Mizuho Financial Group.

They are a full service financial institution that offers 5 major services banking, securities, trust, asset management, and research & consulting. They aim to be one of the leaders in sustainability globally and are implementing plans that are already showing results.

Company Sustainability Activity

Mizuho aims to address key sustainability areas from a long-term perspective. In regards to sustainability, they have little to no activity outlined. Their main goals deal with their CO2 reduction, which those goals have been attained as well as their paper usage and recycling.

Mizuho plans to introduce energy-conserving facilities and take measures to implement other energy conservative measures. Along with its plans to shift its facilities, they plan to educate employees on environmental issues as an effort to reduce CO2 emissions.

Mizuho has bank is expanding the number of environmentally friendly branches called ‘Mizuho Eco-Branches’ that are equipped with solar cell power generation systems and LED lighting.

Highlights

  • Donated over 1.2 trillion yen to COVID-19 relief programs.
  • Achieved CO2 reduction target for 2030 by 2020.
  • Established the J-Coin Fund.
  • Implementation of environmentally friendly bank branches.
  • Offer ‘Mizuho ESG-Assist(Eco)’ and ‘Mizuho ESG Private Placement(Eco)’ which are environmentally conscious financing products to help give working capital to environmentally responsible companies.
  • Through the Takara Leben Infrastructure fund Mizuho is invested in solar facilities.

Targets

  • Paper recycling ratio target of 95% or more in FY2020 at major domestic offices.
  • Green purchasing ratio for paper of 85% or more at Mizuho domestic group companies.
  • Long–term target: Reduce CO2 by 19.0% as of FY2030 compared to FY2009.
  • Medium–term target: Reduce CO2 by 10.5% as of FY2020 compared to FY2009.

Progress

  • Long-term and medium-term targets were both hit in 2019 CO2 was reduced 25.9%.
  • 99.9% green purchasing ratio for paper as of 2019.
  • 93.1% paper recycling ratio as of 2019.

Certificates

Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. does not have any sustainability-related certificates at the moment.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDGs Compliance

SDG 1: No Poverty

  • Asset formation initiatives to prepare for the future.

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

  • Expanding services that respond to a society with a changing demographic.

SDG 4: Quality Education

  • Improving financial and economic literacy, and promoting activities that contribute to society based on regional and societal needs.

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

  • Talent development and creating workplaces that give employees a sense of purpose.
  • Strengthening capital markets functions.
  • Transition to a cashless society.
  • Environmentally conscious social programs.
  • Smooth business succession.

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

  • Industry transformation.
  • Acceleration of innovation.
  • Growth in Asian economic zones.

SDG 13: Climate Action

  • Promoting action to address climate change and supporting the transition to a low carbon society.

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

  • Enhancing corporate governance.
  • Risk management, strengthening our IT infrastructure, and compliance.
  • Disclosure of information in a fair, timely, and appropriate manner, and holding dialogue with stakeholders.

Evaluation

Mizuho Financial Group has many targets they are aiming for in regards to sustainability. The progress they have made on targets is just beginning to show results. The company is fairly new and most of the plans they have are in the process of being implemented, not all of them have come to fruition yet.

The most notable of these is how much they have reduced their CO2 emissions. Their goal by 2020 was to be reduced 19% as of 2030 compared to 2009 and they have already reduced by 25.9%. In regards to the SDGs, they comply with twelve of the seventeen goals, which is substantial. The issue is most of their sustainability goals overlap making it difficult to determine if they truly comply to them or not. They also do not have any certifications shown. 

Mizuho is making larger strides to attain sustainability. Their efforts of installing ‘Green Branches’ which run on solar power and LED lighting show an effort to reduce their CO2 contributions. They promote programs within the company between employees to be more environmentally conscious.

Despite its sustainability initiatives, Mizuho Financial Group has invested $123.472 B in the fossil fuel industry since 2016. Although its investments dreacreased by approximately $8B since 2019, Mizuho is still considered one of the top 10 contributors to the fossil fuel industry. These actions cannot be ignored.

Mizuho has been rated a C.

Analyst Outlook: Negative

Mizuho is mapping the way for sustainability for financial institutions. They have plans to implement sustainable practices and are already surpassing current goals.

However, its involvement in the fossil fuel industry cannot be ignored. The bank would receive a higher rating if it continues to decrease its investments in the fossil fuel industry.

Key Points

  • 2020 report doesn’t include the last fiscal quarter of 2020.
  • Fairly new to being signed on to comply with SDGs.
  • Most sustainability activity is currently planned or just being implemented.
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