Mizuho Bank Europe Annual Report 2018

31 2018 ANNUAL REPORT Mizuho employees at a volunteer event. Local Partnership We continued our partnership with a local organization, Amsterdam Nederland Cares. With this partnership, our employees volunteered at local organizations on a regular basis to help members of vulnerable communities. In addition, we provide a financial contribution to Amsterdam Nederland Cares so that they can organize additional events throughout the city. Social Contribution In 2018, roughly a quarter of our employees donated their time to participate in a variety of volunteer events. These volunteer events were all aimed at helping vulnerable communities and the elderly in the Amsterdam area. We believe that it is important to give back to our local community. As an organization, we are committed to continue to volunteer our time to support vulnerable populations in the area. Examples of activities from 2018 consists of the following: • Food Bank: We went to a local food bank and helped prepare food packages which were donated to families in the Netherlands who are unable to afford groceries. • Meal Preparation: We prepared meals using donated ingredients from restaurants and supermarkets for the homeless and the elderly. • Christmas Decorations: We volunteered to help put up Christmas decorations at an elderly home in the neighborhood. • Homework Help: We participated in an after school homework session to help young students who need extra help and attention with their school work. Sponsorship Considering our roots in Japan and our extensive Japanese customer portfolio, we are committed to supporting local Japanese organizations. We strive to show our commitment to