CKD Corporation (the “Company”) views corporate governance as a system that creates and facilitates a mechanism through which it seeks to achieve sustainable growth and increase corporate value by enhancing the transparency and fairness of management and making swift decisions, with the goal of building a good relationship with stakeholders who have diverse interests and of continuing to be a trustworthy company, guided by its Corporate Commitment.
1. Recognition of Corporate Social Responsibility
Each corporate member recognizes Corporate Social Responsibility, complies with all laws and regulations, discloses information, and honestly conducts oneself to gain social entrustment.
2. Care for Global Environment
We shall propose eco-friendly products, and strive for environmental conservation through corporate activities.
3. Thorough Customer Orientation
We shall always correspond with a customer oriented and modest mind, offering products and services to promote customer satisfaction.
4. Challenge to Technology Innovation
We shall take a leadership role in the industry by identifying global trends, striving for technology innovation, and offering effective products in a timely fashion.
5. Corporate Culture with Faith in Human Resource
We shall build corporate culture with faith in human potential and satisfaction upon achievement of each member, courageously challenge innovation in operation, and capability to demonstrate maximum strength of organization.
3.Basic Policy on Corporate Governance
4.Corporate governance organization
To ensure transparency, soundness, and efficiency of management, we have established the following bodies within the framework of a company with a board of company auditors to establish a system with the aim of enforcement of oversight, audit, and decision-making functions, and swift execution of operations.
5.Corporate Governance Report
6.Matters Regarding Directors
1.Board of Directors and Audit & Supervisory Board Members
The Nomination & Remuneration Advisory Committee, an advisory body to the Board of Directors, deliberates on the remuneration system for officers and establishes the following basic policies:
- Design the system to motivate officers to contribute to the enhancement of corporate value
- Ensure the appropriateness of the method for determining and distributing remuneration
- Design the system to allow officers to share interests with shareholders through stock ownership
Remuneration for Directors consists of basic remuneration, performance-linked remuneration, and stock remuneration. The ratio of Directors’ remuneration by type is designed so that the higher a person’s position, the greater the proportion of performance-linked remuneration. External Directors who are responsible for the oversight function, are paid only basic remuneration, in light of their role.
The determination process and details shall be within the range approved by the General Meeting of Shareholders (Note 1) and shall be in accordance with the recommendation from the Nomination & Remuneration Advisory Committee, in which chaired by an independent External Director, to further increase transparency.
With regard to the performance indicators for performance-linked remuneration, in fiscal 2020, the achievement rate for each of the evaluation indicators for consolidated sales, consolidated operating income, ROE, and development investment for the previous fiscal year linked to the Medium-Term Management Plan, ranged from 30% to 70%.
Restricted stock remuneration has been granted since fiscal 2018 with the aim of further raising motivation to contribute to sustainably improving corporate value and shareholder value over the medium to long term within the range approved at the General Meeting of Shareholders (Note 2). In fiscal 2020, a total of 9,570 shares were granted to four (4) Directors excluding External Directors, which accounted for approximately 8% of their remuneration.
The amount of remuneration for Audit & Supervisory Board Members is determined by the Audit & Supervisory Board within the range approved at the General Meeting of Shareholders (Note 1). To ensure their independence from management they are only paid fixed remuneration.
(Notes) 1.According to a resolution passed at the 87th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders held on June 28, 2007, the maximum amount of remuneration is set as follows:
Directors of the Board: Up to 600 million yen per year
Audit & Supervisory Board Members: Up to 80 million yen per year
2.According to a resolution passed at the 98th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders held on June 22, 2018, the maximum amount separate from the existing monetary remuneration framework is set as follows:
Directors of the Board: Monetary compensation receivables of up to 120 million yen per year
3.The policies and procedures for nomination
* Please refer to the Corporate Governance Report [Principle 3-1. Enhancing information disclosure]
The policies and procedures for nominating candidates for Directors and Audit & Supervisory Board Members are set forth in internal regulations, and the selection criteria are based on factors such as excellent character and insight, and extensive knowledge and experience in corporate management. Directors and Audit & Supervisory Board Members are subjected to dismissal if they are not deemed to be contributing to the improvement of corporate value, or if there is misconduct in the execution of duties from the perspective of corporate governance or a material violation of laws and regulations. Such decisions are made by the Board of Directors after consultation with the Nomination & Remuneration Advisory Committee.
Candidates for Audit & Supervisory Board Members are determined with the consent of the Audit & Supervisory Board in advance.
4.Criteria for Judging Independence
The Company deems an outside officer or a candidate for outside officer to be independent from the Company if the officer or the candidate are judged to have no risk of generating conflicts of interest with ordinary shareholders of the Company. “No risk of generating conflicts of interest with ordinary shareholders of the Company” refers to the case where an outside officer or a candidate for outside officer is deemed not to fall under any of the following items.
(1) A person for which the Company and/or its affiliate is a major business partner
(2) A major shareholder (Note 1) of the Company or a person executing the operations (“Executing Person”) thereof (Note 2)
(3) A person in which the Group holds 10% or more of the total voting rights directly or indirectly, or an Executing Person thereof
(4) A major business partner (Note 3) of the Group or an Executing Person thereof
(5) A person who belongs to an audit firm which is an Accounting Auditor of the Company or its consolidated subsidiary
(6) A consultant, an attorney, a certified public accountant, or a person providing other professional services who has received a large amount of money or other assets (Note 4) from the Group, other than as compensation for being a Director or Audit & Supervisory Board Member (if the recipient of such properties is a corporation, partnership or any other organization, such as a consulting firm, law office and accounting office, this item applies to any person belonging to such organization)
(7) A person who has received a large amount of donations (Note 5) from the Group (if the recipient of such donations is a corporation, partnership or an organization, this item applies to an Executing Person of such organization)
(8) An Executing Person of a company that elects an Executing Person of the Group as its officer
(9) A person who falls under any of the above items 2 to 8 in the past three (3) years
(10) If a person who falls under any of the above items 1 to 8 is a significant person (Note 6), a spouse or a relative within the second degree of kinship thereof
(11) Other than the requirements set forth in the above, a person who is at risk of generating conflicts of interest with ordinary shareholders and is reasonably deemed to be in a situation where he/she is unable to perform duties as an independent outside officer
(Notes) 1. “A major shareholder” refers to a shareholder who holds 10% or more of voting rights under the name of itself or another person at the end of the most recent fiscal year of the Company.
2. “Executing Person” refers to an executive director, executive officer, operating officer, and a person equivalent thereto and to an employee of a corporation or an organization. A non-executive director shall be also included in the above for the purposes of judging the independence of an Outside Audit & Supervisory Board Member
3. As to “a major business partner,” the significance of such transaction for the Group and for the major business partner shall be assessed using an appropriate index, and an outline of the result thereof shall be disclosed, so that the Company may practically determine the degree of risk of generating conflicts of interest. A major business partner refers to a person who makes payment to the Company that accounts for 2% or more of the Company’s annual consolidated net sales in the most recent fiscal year.
4. As to “a large amount of money and other properties,” the significance of such money and properties for the Group and for the recipient shall be assessed using an appropriate index, and an outline of the result thereof shall be disclosed.
5. As to “a large amount of donations,” the significance of such donation for the Group and for the recipient shall be assessed using an appropriate index, and an outline of the result thereof shall be disclosed.
6. “A significant person” refers to an executive director, executive officer, operating officer or an employee who is in an upper management position such as department manager or higher.