Our Group defines corporate governance as a critical management issue for increasing corporate value through sustainable growth. The entire Group is actively committed to improving corporate governance.
By strengthening our internal control functions through proactively developing “ activities for advancing compliance and risk management “ with an involvement of all officers and employees and by augmenting and strengthening the management-oversight functions of our Board of Directors and the audit functions of our auditors, we are creating a transparent corporate control system that can accommodate the reliance of our shareholders and society.
To ensure the appropriateness and fairness of business conducted by the IBIDEN Group companies, IBIDEN has suggested to the heads of the Group companies a structure designed to advance compliance and risk management similar to its own. At Group information exchange meetings, it keeps abreast of their actions advocating compliance and risk management, their status of management and progress made to meet the targets mapped out in their plans for profit generation.
IBIDEN has elected to operate as a company with corporate auditors and a Board of Corporate Auditors.
The term of each director is limited to one year to clarify management accountability of each director, strengthen management practices and enhance the agility needed to implement optimal management practices in quick response to the changing business environment. An executive officer system has been introduced to allow swift managerial decision-making and accelerated business execution.
The Company has five corporate auditors, three of whom are outside corporate auditors with no conflict of interests with the Company. Corporate auditors participate in major meetings including those of the Board of Directors and the Management Conference to audit the business executed by the directors. In addition, full-time corporate auditors work in cooperation with the Audit Division, which is the internal auditing organ of the Company, and accounting auditors to perform audits on IBIDEN and its Group companies as required by law and other rules.
Executive officers and others submit reports at the request of the corporate auditors in compliance with the Rules of the Board of Corporate Auditors and the Corporate Auditors' Auditing Rules set forth by the Board of Corporate Auditors. The Company has also created an Audit Division (comprising six members), which is responsible for executing internal audits. The Audit Division conducts internal audits of the matters requested by the corporate auditors through discussion with them to ensure greater effectiveness of the audit structure of the Group.
The Company will maintain the current structure by "clarifying the directors' management responsibility", "making decisions quickly through the executive officer system" and "enhancing the effectiveness of the auditing system."
Aware of its mission to increase corporate value and meet shareholder expectations, the Group understands that it must fulfill its responsibilities with respect to employees, local residents, local communities, business partners, investors, and other non-shareholding stakeholders. For this reason, we have instituted the Disclosure Regulations to facilitate proper assessments of our Group. Our aim is to help stakeholders understand the Group and to win their broad consent to reconciling their interests of different stakeholder groups. With the decision of the Disclosure Committee, consisting chiefly of the president and the director responsible for finance sections, management information is disclosed in a fair, timely, and appropriate manner.