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At Mizuho, we have a proven commitment to advancing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts, as well as the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By addressing key sustainability areas from a long-term perspective, we seek to create value for various stakeholders and work to improve our own corporate value through the sustainable and steady growth of the company. This in turn will contribute to environmental conservation and the sustainable development and prosperity of the economy, industry, and society worldwide.
We can manage light green funds, i.e. funds promoting environmental or social characteristics according to art. 8 of Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 (SFDR), as well as dark green funds, i.e. funds having sustainable investment as their objective according to art. 9 of SFDR. We can help you to meet all regulatory requirements related to prospectus disclosures, website disclosures and periodic reporting on sustainability risks and their potential impacts.
Our ESG framework assesses sustainability risk based on five pillars: Environment, Social Capital, Human Capital, Business Model & Innovation, Leadership & Governance. For each pillar, a wide range of Key Risk Indicators is employed at different levels:
This pillar considers environmental risks related to harmful releases into the environment generated by a company through its operations (e.g. greenhouse gas emissions, hazardous materials management, etc.), as well as environmentalimpacts due to the use of non-renewable natural resources as inputs to the factors of production (e.g. energy efficiency management, habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, deforestation, etc.).
This pillar addresses sustainability risk related to the social impact of a company to the society in which the company operates. It involves the management of relationships with customers, local communities, the public, and the government (e.g. human rights protections, customer privacy, data security, access to and affordability of products and services, customer welfare, responsible selling practices, etc.).
This pillar assesses the company’s culture, the company’srelationship with labor organisations, and the management of human resources (e.g. labor standards in the workplace, employees' health and safety, employees' engagement, diversity and inclusion, etc.).
This pillar evaluates sustainability risks in a company’s value-creation process (e.g. lifecycle impacts of product and services, responsiveness of the business model to the transition to a low-carbon economy, readiness to expected physical impacts of climate change, etc.) as well as in product innovation (e.g. efficiency and responsibility in product design, materials sourcing, supply chain management,etc.).
This pillar covers the management of sustainability issues that are inherent to the corporate governance model (e.g. business ethics including fraud, corruption and bribery; monopolistic and anti-competitive practices; regulatory compliance; risk management; conflicts of interest; etc.).