Inclusion at Mizuho EMEA
Our people are essential to the success of our business and we are proud of our many achievements in embedding inclusion and diversity within Mizuho. We celebrate and value our differences and by promoting and ensuring an inclusive environment we can build on the collective, and complementary, skills, knowledge, background and networks of our people.
Being a founding signatory to the UK's HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter as well as the first Japanese owned financial institution to sign the Charter is evidence of our commitment to see gender balance at all levels across financial services firms.
Valuing diversity is an integral part of our strategy for competing in the current and future marketplace, and driving business performance and success. Creating an inclusive workplace is paramount, underpinned by our five group values of customer first, innovative spirit, speed, team spirit and passion.
Message from our Mizuho EMEA leaders, Shinsuke Toda and Suneel Bakhshi in support of Black Lives Matter
We have been shocked and saddened to see the recent events unfold in the US and the pain felt on a global basis in light of the death of George Floyd. Across the UK and EMEA, the Black Lives Matter movement continues to gain momentum against violence and systemic racism through protests and digital activism.
You will have seen that many politicians, CEOs, celebrities and people all over the world have taken to social media and other platforms to denounce racism and encourage peaceful action following the death of George Floyd. Millions around the world have offered their support sharing positive Black Lives Matter messages. We would like to join our Mizuho Americas colleagues and many others in doing the same, as well as reinforce the message as emphasised in the Cultural Diversity Network's communication earlier in the week.
We are committed to building a workplace that is truly inclusive. Our people are a key strategic pillar and we take pride in employing people from different backgrounds, with different views, characteristics and experiences. These make each of us unique. We are very proud of the rich variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds we have at Mizuho.
We must all play our part in continuing to promote an inclusive and diverse workplace for all, ensuring our working practices are non-biased. We must continue towards creating a safe, open space for all of us to connect and to learn from each other’s experiences and capabilities. Continuing to prioritise that this is a crucial part of being a good ally and employer of choice, we stand in solidarity with our black colleagues, partners, and community.
We would like to ask you to be mindful of what your fellow colleagues may be going through in these turbulent times. Take a moment to reach out to your co-workers and let them know you care about what is happening to people of colour.
We would like to end our message to you by sharing the iconic quote by Nelson Mandela, the social rights activist, politician and philanthropist who became South Africa’s first black president, “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite”.
Let’s join together as One Mizuho and as colleagues to instil knowledge, compassion and fairness at all times.
Shinsuke Toda Suneel Bakhshi
MEO, Head of EMEA President & CEO
Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. Mizuho International plc
Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
2018 Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index
Mizuho Financial Group has been selected as a member in the 2018 Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index (GEI). The Bloomberg GEI is a reference index created in 2016 by Bloomberg to meet a growing need among investors worldwide for greater access to information that allows them to evaluate companies' reputations, values and business results.
Inclusion across Mizuho globally
Mizuho Financial Group has long been engaged in activities to enhance inclusion and diversity, and published a Diversity and Inclusion Statement in 2016 outlining current initiatives.
Mizuho Financial Group is proud to be awarded a gold rating on the PRIDE index by work with Pride for the second year in a row. The index recognises our initiatives to create an inclusive environment for colleagues from the LGBT+ community. In Japan, Mizuho Bank began offering mortgages to same sex couples in 2017, and held a life planning seminar for same sex couples in 2018.
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