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Mr. Hiro Mizuno, CIO of GPIF, Gives Special Lecture at DBS

Updated Dec. 12, 2018
On November 22, Doshisha Business School was honored to welcome Mr. Hiro Mizuno, the Chief Investment Officer of the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the largest pension fund in Japan and the world, for a special lecture on the role of ESG issues in GPIF’s investment strategy.

Mr. Mizuno began his talk by explaining that GPIF combines two common pension fund systems by both supporting retirees directly and investing for the future of those currently in the workforce. As this combined system was devised to support future generations in Japan, Mr. Mizuno explained that GPIF engages in “super long term” or intergenerational investing with a 100 year investment horizon. He discussed the idea of responsible investing and emphasized that GPIF seeks to operate as a universal investor that considers environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues and values sustainability and inclusiveness in its investment activities. Going beyond Japan, Mr. Mizuno added that he sees his role at GPIF as an opportunity to help other countries and markets around the world improve their evaluation and assessment of the impacts that companies can have on ESGs.

During the final part of the event, students were able to ask questions and gain further insights from Mr. Mizuno on the topics of responsible investment and future trends in investing.

On behalf of the students and faculty of Doshisha Business School, we would like to thank to Mr. Mizuno for his inspiring and thought-provoking lecture and for taking the time to visit us here in Kyoto.