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10 June 2019

Response by Mizuho

Author: Mizuho

Mizuho has already been focusing on responsible investing and financing. Mizuho Bank, Ltd. adopted the Equator Principles as the first Asian bank in 2003, and Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. established the Policies on Specific Industrial Sectors in 2018,...

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31 May 2019

Report alleges major banks contribute to climate change through increased funding of fossil fuels

In May 2019, a group of NGOs led by Rainforest Action Network published research findings that suggest some of the biggest banks around the world are financing fossil fuels more than ever before. Since the Paris Agreement took effect in 2016, 33 of the...

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2 September 2018

Commentary: Banks' coal policies ineffective; Standard Chartered can lead peers by committing to renewable-energy projects

Author: Julien Vincent, Asia Times

"The power of finance to slow new coal plants", 29 August 2018...

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24 January 2018

BankTrack paper explores responsibilities of banks allegedly contributing to human rights violations through finance

In this briefing paper, BankTrack examines whether private sector banks may have contributed to adverse human rights impacts through their provision of finance. The paper explores eight cases of human rights abuses and the relationship and...

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10 May 2017

USA: Environmental NGOs criticise banks' funding of Dakota Access Pipeline, concerned about pollution, indigenous rights

Through the controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline, NGOs have questioned the role of banks in financing the pipeline's construction and the companies developing it.  In February 2016, after the US Government issued final permits for the pipeline's...

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25 July 2016

Ferrovial could be liable for crimes against humanity over conditions in Australia’s refugee camps in Papua New Guinea; incl. company comments

Author: Ben Doherty & Patrick Kingsley, Guardian (UK)

"Refugee camp company in Australia 'liable for crimes against humanity'", 25 Jul 2016...

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19 June 2015

Indonesia: Japanese & intl. NGOs call for halt to construction of coal plant, citing lack of local consent

Despite not having the consent of the local residents, at the beginning of April 2015, construction work commenced at the proposed project site of the “Batan coal-fired power plant project in Central Java, Indonesia”, a large scale development project...

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19 June 2015

Mizuho Bank did not respond

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2 December 2014

BankTrack report finds banks not yet living up to human rights obligations under UN Guiding Principles

In December 2014 BankTrack released a new report titled "Banking with Principles?". The report assesses 32 of the largest global banks against the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  Banks were assigned a score of between 0 and 12 dep...

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23 March 2011

Tepco Seeks $25 Billion Loans As Future Liability Questions Remain

Author: Dow Jones Newswires

Tokyo Electric Power...is seeking around 2 trillion yen, or $25 billion, in loans to fund repairs at power stations damaged by the March 11 earthquake but questions remain on exactly how much liability the utility, rather than central government, may...

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