Basic Approach to Corporate Governance
The Company and the company group comprising its subsidiaries (hereinafter called the “Group”) consider that their corporate governance is based on improvements and the implementation thereof to ensure that actions are taken pursuant to the Group’s corporate philosophy and code of conduct, decisions are made in a transparent, fair and efficient manner, laws and regulations are strictly observed, and corporate performance is monitored appropriately.
The Outline of Corporate Governance Structure
The Group is managed under a holding company structure in which the Company, which is the ultimate parent company, is a holding company and its group companies are operating companies. By separating the function of administering its overall business from executing its individual businesses, the Group has been working to facilitate the delegation of authority and strengthen the Company’s function of monitoring the Group’s businesses.
The Board of Directors shall consist of a majority, at the minimum, of highly independent Outside Directors. The Board currently consists of six Directors, three of whom are Outside Directors. It determines matters prescribed by laws and regulations and the Articles of Incorporation and matters concerning the execution of important business and oversees the execution of business. Furthermore, as part of strengthening of its corporate governance system, the Company introduced an executive officer system in January 2017. Under this system, the authority for making decisions and executing business operation is delegated to Executive Officers (hereinafter, “Group Executive Officers”) to the extent permitted by relevant laws and regulations, in order for the Board of Directors to mainly focus on the oversight (monitoring) of the Group Executive Officers who are responsible for the execution of business (monitoring model- oriented).
The Group Executive Officers are responsible for the execution of business of the Company, that of the business companies in its group or that across several business companies. The Board of Directors appoints Group Executive Officers in charge of respective areas of business operation, and the Group President and Chief Executive Officer who concurrently serves as Representative Director oversees the execution of business operations by the Group Executive Officers.
Moreover, matters to be resolved by meetings of the Board of Directors, those regarding which authority is to be delegated to the Group Executive Officers and those to be reported by the Group Executive Officers to the Company’s Board of Directors are clearly stipulated in the regulations of the Board of Directors.
In addition to the above, Group Management Meeting has been established, as a system regarding decision-making on the execution of business, with the functions of supporting decision-making by the Group President and Chief Executive Officer and of considering important managerial matters of the group. The Company has also established a Group Risk Management Committee that supervises risk management of the group, a CSR Committee that has authority for discharging corporate social responsibilities through CSR activities and a Financial Results and Disclosures Committee that reviews and evaluates financial results information, information for timely disclosure, among other things. In doing so, the Company has put in place a system that clarifies authority and responsibilities and enables prompt and appropriate decision-making.
On the other hand, Nomination Advisory Committee, the majority of which consists of Outside Directors, has been established as an optional committee of the Board of Directors to handle personnel matters regarding the group’s management team (appointment, removal etc. of Directors of the Company, Group Executive Officers and others), in order to ensure the independence, objectivity and accountability of the deliberation process. In addition, meetings attended only by the Outside Directors (Executive Session) are held once every quarter in principle, thereby securing a place for information exchange and shared awareness from objective standpoints. Outside Auditors, external accounting auditors and other independent outside persons may attend such meetings, thereby providing a place for promoting cooperation among independent outside persons.
The Company has adopted a company auditor system. Under the system, there are currently four Company Auditors including two highly independent Outside Auditors. Each Company Auditor audits the execution of business by the Directors, in accordance with the auditing policy, audit plans and so forth determined by the Board of Company Auditors.