GLORY’s corporate philosophy, which represents our corporate goal and raison d’etre, is: “We will contribute to the development of a more secure society through a striving spirit and cooperative efforts.” These words express our determination to achieve growth as a sustainable enterprise by contributing to a prosperous society through our uncompromising approach to product development.
This philosophy guides our efforts to continuously improve our corporate value through sound and efficient business management, so that we can exist in harmony with society and earn the trust and support of all stakeholders.
None of these goals can be achieved without a firm commitment to the continuing improvement of corporate governance. We will continue our efforts to strengthen the supervisory and executive functions of management, accelerate decision making, ensure transparency and objectivity, and enhance compliance management, thereby improving corporate value.
Corporate Governance Framework
How do we strengthen our corporate governance system?
- Q1 Please outline GLORY's corporate governance system.
- Q2 What steps has GLORY taken to enhance transparency and fairness of management?
- Q3 How is GLORY enhancing corporate governance on a group-wide basis?
- Q4 How is management supervised?
- Q5 What other mechanisms are there to ensure transparency and objectivity?
- Q6 What is GLORY's basic stance on remuneration for executives?
- Q7 Please describe GLORY's compliance system.
- Q8 What efforts are being made to vitalize the General Meeting of Shareholders?
Q1 Please outline GLORY's corporate governance system.
We aim to strengthen management supervision, speed up decision making and deliver efficient business administration through a system centered on the Board of Directors, which includes two outside directors, and the Board of Corporate Auditors.
The Board of Directors, consisting of eight directors (including two outside directors), makes decisions on important matters and oversees business execution. The President & Representative Director serves as chairman of the Board of Directors meetings. We have sought to both energize the Board of Directors and assure quick and efficient decision making by reducing the number of directors and introducing an executive officer system.
The Board of Corporate Auditors, consisting of two corporate auditors and two outside corporate auditors, assesses directors' conduct of duties and audits the legality of execution. The corporate auditors perform regular audits based on an annual audit plan and participate in important meetings, such as those of the Board of Directors and the Management Conference, which discusses business execution policies and plans based on basic policies established by the Board of Directors.
Q2 What steps has GLORY taken to enhance transparency and fairness of management?
Having two experienced outside directors actively participate in management improves management transparency and fairness.
Of the eight directors, two are outside directors. Both directors are highly independent and have been designated as independent directors as defined by the stock exchange on which the company is listed.
The current outside directors have held key positions at globally recognized companies and bring both abundant experience and global perspectives to the Board. Their veteran advice contributes to greater transparency and fairness of management.
The two outside directors also serve key roles in ensuring effective and appropriate decision making by providing alternative perspectives and opinions based on many years of management experience. They attend meetings of the Nomination Advisory Committee and the Compensation Advisory Committee, which were established to increase transparency and objectivity in the appointment of directors and executive officers and in the setting of remuneration, as well as Management Conference meetings.
Q3 How is GLORY enhancing corporate governance on a group-wide basis?
Under the 2014 Medium-Term Management Plan, we are actively working to strengthen group-wide governance.
We have developed “the Group Structure Strategy” in our 2014 Medium-Term Management Plan, which includes the strategy to enhance corporate governance on a group-wide basis. This strategy is part of the Corporate Management Strategy under the Plan, which aims to strengthen the foundation of the Group management.
By aggressively promoting this strategy, we will realign the Group operations, further strengthen our governance system, which encompasses overseas subsidiaries, and make compliance management an even more integral part of the Group operations.
Q4 How is management supervised?
The Board of Corporate Auditors, consisting of two full-time and two outside corporate auditors, is tasked with overseeing management.
The Board of Corporate Auditors consists of two corporate auditors and two outside corporate auditors. Each corporate auditor attends important meetings such as the Board of Directors meetings and Management Conference meetings to verify the appropriate and fair deliberation of directors, and also conducts thorough audits in collaboration with accounting auditors, the Internal Audit Department and corporate auditors of subsidiaries.
GLORY has two outside corporate auditors: One company executive and one attorney-at-law. As the outside corporate auditors bring their expertise to the supervisory function, they contribute to increasingly sound management that takes into account not only the legality and appropriateness of GLORY's management but also enhances efficiency and objectivity
Q5 What other mechanisms are there to ensure transparency and objectivity?
We presently have special committees, such as the Nomination Advisory Committee, the Compensation Advisory Committee and the Disclosure Committee, to ensure transparency and objectivity.
The Nomination Advisory Committee and the Compensation Advisory Committee, both chaired by outside directors, ensure higher transparency and objectivity in the appointment of directors and executive officers, and the setting of their remuneration by giving careful deliberation to committee issues prior to presentation to the Board of Directors.
To promote timely and appropriate disclosure, we have established the Disclosure Committee, which is chaired by the Chief Information Officer, the director who is responsible for Administration. This committee reviews the needs and content of disclosures before resolutions are taken by the Board of Directors.
Q6 What is GLORY's basic stance on remuneration for executives?
Remuneration for executives consists of a fixed portion and a bonus linked to the Company’s performance.
Compensation for outside directors and corporate auditors, responsible primarily for the management supervision function, consists of fixed compensation only.
GLORY has established a Compensation Advisory Committee to ensure the transparency and objectivity of decisions relating to remuneration for directors and corporate auditors. Before making decisions about remuneration for officers and related matters, the Board of Directors always seeks the advice of the Compensation Advisory Committee and submits proposals to the General Meeting of Shareholders or the Board of Directors.
Remuneration for officers consists of fixed monthly fees and performance-linked bonuses. However, directors and corporate auditors, whose main role is the supervision of management, receive only fixed monthly fees.
Bonuses are determinded from a specific percentage of consolidated net income, which is a performance-linked indicator. Payment is based on resolutions at general meetings of shareholders. Retirement bonuses for officers have already been abolished.
In addition, we have set guidelines for share ownership by officers. By encouraging officers to hold shares according to their rank, we ensure that they approach their management tasks from the same perspective as shareholders.
Q7 Please describe GLORY's compliance system.
At GLORY, the Board of Directors appoints one of its members to be the Chief Compliance Officer. We also have established a Compliance Committee and compliance helplines to ensure compliance management.
GLORY considers group-wide legal compliance an important management priority and the Board of Directors appoints one of its members to be the chief compliance officer, who implements variety of measures to maintain and improve the compliance framework. An example of such measures is the establishment of the Compliance Committee and compliance helplines.
The Compliance Committee, chaired by the president and including two outside experts, who are attorneys-at-law, discusses important issues relating to compliance and reports to the Board of Directors whenever appropriate. GLORY has established four compliance helplines, including an outside helpline, and strives for the early detection and correction of compliance problems in the Group and the protection of those who seek consultation.
In addition, accompanying accelerated expansion of the overseas business in recent years, we have established the GLORY Legal Code of Conduct with a global point of view that applies to domestic and overseas Group companies alike. To continue good-faith, fair business practice appropriate to the GLORY brand and maintain and ensure a high level of legal compliance and a highly developed sense of ethics, GLORY promotes awareness of compliance by distributing a handbook and scheduling compliance training seminars.
Q8 What efforts are being made to vitalize the General Meeting of Shareholders?
To make general meetings of shareholders more accessible for shareholders, we have introduced colorful invitation notices, which are sent out well in advance of meetings. To facilitate the exercise of rights, we have adopted computerized voting. Other innovations include showroom tours after general meetings.
To enable shareholders to adequately review proposals addressed at the General Meeting of Shareholders, we have since June 2008 delivered materials for the meeting three weeks in advance. In 2003, GLORY adopted electronic voting, and in 2007, we began using the electronic proxy voting system for institutional investors (the ICJ system) sponsored by the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
At the shareholders’ meeting, audio-visual presentations and narrations, etc. are used by the President to report in detail on proposals to be acted upon and matters reported for shareholders to fully consider each proposal. After the meeting, the Company's showroom is open to shareholders, at which time directors, executive officers and staff members actively promote communication with shareholders by explaining about products and the history of GLORY.
Summaries and voting results for the current and past General Meetings of Shareholders are posted on our corporate website at http://www.glory-global.com/ir/meeting/.