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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Board of Directors
Method of Evaluation

As it did in the previous fiscal year, the Company analyzed and evaluated the effectiveness of the Board of Directors by having individual directors complete the “Self Evaluation Questionnaire,” which covers items related to the effectiveness of the Board of Directors, such as scale, composition, operation and 20 other items, and discussing the questionnaire results at Board of Directors meetings.

Summary of Evaluation Results and Future Efforts

The Company confirmed the appropriateness of Board size and composition (in terms of getting the right balance of expertise, experience, competency and diversity) in addition to concluding that meetings were of an appropriate frequency and duration. The Company also determined that its Board of Directors, which includes independent outside directors who account for 42% of its membership, is capable of the proper monitoring and supervision of management.
In addition, the Board of Directors evaluated initiatives being undertaken to address issues identified via the previous fiscal year’s evaluation by employing a PDCA cycle as depicted below. It also ensured that all directors share a common understanding of initiatives to be executed in fiscal 2020.

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Board of Directors

Concepts on the Appointment of Directors

With the aim of embodying The Denka Value, our corporate philosophy, we are promoting the Denka Value-Up management plan, to this end strengthening our management structure supported by directors and executive officers while upgrading our governance systems and supervisory functions.
Director candidates are nominated from among individuals who have abundant experience and a strong track record in Denka’s business divisions and are equipped with sufficient knowledge and specialist expertise for the position. Outside director candidates are nominated from among those who boast extensive knowledge backed by abundant business experience as well as distinctive strengths in their areas of specialty so that they can bring their insights on how to achieve sustainable growth and enhance corporate value. With regard to the overall composition of board members, we focus on maintaining a diverse and well-balanced composition in terms of expertise, experience, competency, gender and nationality. We also aim to maintain a sufficient number of independent outside directors to ensure that they account for at least one third of director membership. Currently, such directors account for 42% of the Company’s Board of Directors, well in excess of the targeted composition.

Director Remuneration

We have set remuneration for each director based on their roles and responsibilities within the limit of the total amount approved by the General Meeting of Shareholders. The Board of Directors decides on the content of remuneration after receiving advice and recommendations from the Nomination and Remuneration Advisory Committee.
Remuneration for directors consists of monthly basic compensation set at a fixed amount (paid to all directors) as well as performance-based compensation and share-based compensation (neither of which are paid to outside directors or in-house directors with concurrent membership in the Audit Committee).
The value of the performance-based compensation is determined in step with consolidated operating income for each fiscal year. However, this portion may be decreased or fully withheld in cases where consolidated operating income did not reach a certain amount or the Company was found to be involved in compliance violations and other significant misconduct.
Share-based compensation is intended to ensure that directors share shareholders’ interests and risks regarding stock price fluctuations. By doing so, we aim to instill a strong sense of purposefulness toward achieving medium- to long-term growth in corporate performance and corporate value in our directors.
In addition, remuneration paid to directors with concurrent membership in the Audit Committee consists only of monthly basic compensation in a fixed amount. Total remuneration paid to such directors is determined within the upper limit approved by the General Meeting of Shareholders.

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Transition to a Company with an Audit Committee

Acutely aware of the importance of securing solid corporate governance, Denka has introduced an executive officer system aimed at ensuring functional separation between personnel charged with supervision and decision making and those charged with business execution. Moreover, Denka appointed three outside directors and two outside members of the Audit & Supervisory Board. As such, Denka has strengthened the functions of the Board of Directors and the Audit & Supervisory Board in terms of supervision and auditing, respectively, with the aim of establishing a robust foundation for fair and transparent business management.
In June 2019, Denka transitioned to a Company with an Audit Committee, another move aimed at strengthening the Company’s corporate governance and enhancing its corporate value. In addition to supporting speedier decision making, this transition was intended to enhance the supervisory functions of the Board of Directors and, to this end, entailed appointing individuals to serve as Audit Committee members and authorized to vote at Board of Directors meetings.
Currently, Denka’s Audit Committee is engaged in audits of such subjects as the development of internal control systems and their practical application. To this end, members of the Audit Committee attend key meetings, study reports from directors and review important documents. Throughout these endeavors, the Audit Committee audits directors’ business execution from an independent standpoint.
Moreover, Denka’s Audit Committee Department maintains a full-time staff tasked with assisting the Audit Committee in the proper execution of its duties and otherwise supporting the committee’s activities.
In August 2020, the Company revised criteria for agenda items to be submitted to its Board of Directors meetings. As we embarked on our second year since the transition to a Company with an Audit Committee, the revision was intended to optimize governance operations as a whole in line with purposes of transition. Thanks to this move, the Board of Directors is now empowered to make even swifter decisions and to allocate more time to important deliberations.

Purposes of Transition to a Company with an Audit Committee
  • ■Step up the separation of supervisory and execution functions
    Improve the transparency and fairness of management while realizing speedier and dynamic decision making
  • ■Increase the number of outside directors
    The number of outside directors grew from three to five, one of whom is female
  • ■Promote diversity
    Ensure that the composition of Board members is diverse and well-balanced in terms of their expertise, experience, competency, gender and nationality

Corporate Governance Structure

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Strengthening corporate governance
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Strengthening corporate governance

Basic Approach to Corporate Governance In order to fulfill the expec...

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BCP
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BCP (business continuity plan)

Our basic BCP policies are as follows: Even in the event of a crisi...

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Internal Control System
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The Denka Group’s Internal Control

Our Philosophy and Principles Based on “The Denka Value” (corporate ph...

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Board of Directors
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Board of Directors

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Board of Directors Method of Ev...

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Directors
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Directors

Manabu Yamamoto Chairman Toshio Imai Representative Director, ...

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Outside Directoers
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A Message from an Outside Director

Denka’s founding dates back more than 100 years. Having sta...

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Compliance
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Compliance Basic Policy

The Denka Group Ethics Policy codifies Groupwide standards of conduct. To...

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Compliance
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Utilization of the Legal Hazard Map and Strengthening of Compliance Structure

Having identified more than dozen legal fields closely associated with th...

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Risk Management
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Risk Management

To achieve the goals of the Denka Value-Up management plan, we aim to str...

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Compliance Hotline System
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Compliance Hotline System

Based on guidelines formulated by the Consumer Affairs Agency, in additio...

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Response to Human Rights Violation Risk
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Response to Human Rights Violation Risk

We have been encouraging the “maintenance of favorable human relationship...

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System to Review Contractual Legal Matters
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System to Review Contractual Legal Matters

In order for Denka Group to conduct fair and equitable transactions with ...

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Our Stance against Corruption and Money Laundering
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Our Stance against Corruption and Money Laundering

The Denka Group Ethics Policy prohibits employees from engaging in briber...

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Security Export Control
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Security Export Control

Regarding security export control that prohibits the export of products a...

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Prevention of Insider Trading
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Prevention of Insider Trading

In recent years, information leaks and insider trading by company personn...

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Information Protection and Management
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Information Protection and Management

(1) Information Protection and Management The compliance of informatio...

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Online Information Management

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Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
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Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

Under the new management plan “Denka Value-Up,” we are focusing on global...