The Asahi Kasei Group constantly endeavors to strengthen corporate governance for increased corporate value.
We believe that constant effort to increase the efficiency and transparency of management is essential for continuous enhancement of the corporate value of the Asahi Kasei Group.
One major reform for this purpose was the adoption of the structure of a holding company and core operating companies, since which time the Asahi Kasei Group has exercised corporate governance for the Group based on the following two principles.
- 1)Based on the structure of a holding company and core operating companies, the core operating companies are responsible for business execution and the holding company is responsible for oversight.
- 2)The Group Approval Authority Regulations are positioned as the highest ranking among all the regulations governing the overall Group for decision-making in executing business. Authority is distributed to each organ of the holding company and the core operating companies in accordance with the degree of influence on management.
In this context, corporate governance is further enhanced by implementing various measures, including the election of multiple Outside Directors and the institutionalization of Internal Auditing and Internal Control.
We will continue to advance measures to heighten corporate governance for the further enhancement of corporate value.
Corporate governance system
An outline of the corporate governance system of the Asahi Kasei Group is as follows.
- 1)Asahi Kasei Corporation is a holding company and has elected to take the form of a company with a Board of Corporate Auditors.
- 2)Two Outside Directors were elected in June 2007 to enable oversight of the management of the Asahi Kasei Group based on their wealth of experience and broad range of insight, for the further strengthening of the management oversight function of the Board of Directors. Furthermore, an additional Outside Director was installed in June 2008 and the Company currently has three Outside Directors out of ten Directors.
- 3)The Company has a Group Advisory Committee as an advisory body to the Board of Directors, enabling the receipt of various advice and recommendations of knowledgeable persons from outside the Company for the benefit of the overall management of the Asahi Kasei Group.
- 4)Internal Auditing serves as the corporate organ for internal audits of the execution of duties in the Asahi Kasei Group in accordance with basic corporate regulations for internal audits. Results of the internal audits conducted by each group staff function are also reported to Internal Auditing, so that all information regarding results of internal audits in the Asahi Kasei Group are centralized at Internal Auditing.
- 5)In accordance with the audit policy adopted by the Board of Corporate Auditors, each Corporate Auditor audits Directors in the discharge of their duties by attending Board of Directors’ meetings and examining business performance. Corporate Auditors of the Company and Corporate Auditors of the core operating companies exchange information on a regular basis. Our Corporate Auditors Office has multiple dedicated personnel who, independently from Directors, support the Corporate Auditors in their duties.
- 6)PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata performs financial audits of the Company and the core operating companies in accordance with the Corporation Law and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act.
- 7)Company standards stipulate that as a general rule a Director is not to concurrently serve as Director at four or more other companies whose shares are stock-market listed.
- 8)The Company has a performance-linked remuneration system as stated above, and remuneration of Directors is determined by the Board of Directors within the range stipulated therein.
As of April 1, 2011
Key corporate organs with governance functions
Board of Directors
Oversees group management, and deliberates and decides on basic group policy and strategy, and on substantive proposals by the Strategic Management Council. Meets once or twice per month.
Group Advisory Committee
The management advisory body to the holding company Board of Directors, composed of the Chairman and the President of the holding company and outside advisors. Meets twice per year.
Strategic Management Council
Deliberates and decides on substantive matters relating to the operation of the holding company and of the group. Meets twice per month.
Enhances business operations in concert with environment and society. Meets once to three times per year.
Board of Corporate Auditors
Corporate Auditors exchange views, deliberate, and decide on substantive matters related to auditing. Meets at least once per quarter.