Corporate Governance System
Basic Stance on Corporate Governance
Guided by the Group Mission “Kawasaki, working as one for the good of the planet,” Kawasaki established a corporate governance system centered on directors and corporate auditors, with content appropriate for the activities that the Group undertakes, and efforts are made to further improve the system. The basic stance on corporate governance for the Group as a whole is to raise enterprise value through effective and sound business activities while forming a solid relationship with all stakeholders, including shareholders, customers, employees and communities, through highly transparent management practices.
Overview of the Corporate Governance System
Kawasaki adopts the statutory auditor system with a Board of Directors and Board of Auditors, and appoints an independent auditor. The Company also has the discretionary Nomination Advisory Committee, Compensation Advisory Committee, Management Committee, and Executive Officers Committee. The composition and role of each of these organizations are described below.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors comprises 12 directors (authorized number: 18), with the chairman serving as the presiding officer. The Company has increased the number of its outside directors (independent officers, as required by the Tokyo Stock Exchange) from two to three. These directors are independent of any role in the execution of business activities. As a result, eight of the 12 directors concurrently serve as executive officers.
The Company is seeking to strengthen the supervisory function of the Board of Directors with regard to overall management, while paying attention to the balance with its business execution function. Furthermore, the Nomination Advisory Committee and Compensation Advisory Committee have been established as advisory bodies to the Board of Directors, in an effort to strengthen the transparency and objectivity of the Board of Directors. A majority of the committees' members are outside officers, and the presiding officers of each are outside directors.
In fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, the Board of Directors' Meeting was held 15 times (including extraordinary meetings), and the attendance rate was 97% or above for internal and outside directors and audit & supervisory board members.
Number of Board of Directors' Meetings, and Directors' and Corporate Auditors' Attendance Rates (Includes Extraordinary Meetings)
|Number of meetings||18||16||14||15|
|Directors' attendance rate||98.6%||96.9%||99.4%||99.4%|
|Outside director's attendance rate||100.0%||96.7%||100.0%||100.0%|
|Auditors' attendance rate||100.0%||98.4%||100.0%||98.6%|
|Outside corporate auditors' attendance rate||100.0%||100.0%||100.0%||97.7%|
Reason for Appointment of Outside Director
|Name||Reason for Appointment|
|Michio Yoneda||Mr. Yoneda has expressed useful opinions and given advice in determining important matters of the Company’s management from a position independent of any role in the execution of business activities, based on his abundant management experience and high level of knowledge regarding corporate governance acquired over a career including President & CEO (Member of the Board) of Osaka Securities Exchange Co., Ltd., Director & Representative Executive Officer and Group COO of Japan Exchange Group, Inc., and other important positions. In consideration of these points, the Company believes he would be able to fully perform his roles as an Outside Director in supervising the execution of duties of the Company and increasing its enterprise value.|
|Mr. Tamura served as Representative Director and Executive Vice President, Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (currently, AGC Inc.), GM of Technology General Division, Deputy Leader of AGC Group Improvement Activities and President of Glass Company and other important positions. He has extensive experience in corporate management and deep insights into manufacturing. In consideration of these points, the Company believes he would be able to fully perform his roles as an Outside Director in supervising the execution of duties of the Company and increasing its enterprise value.|
|Ms. Rogers has extensive international experience and deep insights into legal affairs, compliance, and risk management, having served as an in-house lawyer and counsel at international financial institutions for many years. In consideration of these points, the Company believes she would be able to fully perform her roles as an Outside Director in supervising the execution of duties of the Company and increasing its enterprise value.|
Board of Auditors
The Audit & Supervisory Board comprises five audit & supervisory board members (authorized number: five). To ensure the reliability of financial reports, the Company appoints internal audit & supervisory board members who have considerable knowledge of finance and accounting. Furthermore, to ensure the objectivity and neutrality of the supervisory function, the Company appoints three outside audit & supervisory board members (independent officers, as required by the Tokyo Stock Exchange) with no business relationships or other vested interests in the Company. The internal and outside audit & supervisory board members share information closely and work to enhance the supervisory function.
In fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, the Audit & Supervisory Boards Meeting was held 17 times, and the attendance rate was 100% for internal and outside audit & supervisory board members.
Number of Board of Auditors' Meetings, and Corporate Auditors' Attendance Rate
|Number of meetings||19||17||17||17|
|Corporate auditors' attendance rate||100.0%||100.0%||100.0%||100.0%|
|Outside corporate auditors' attendance rate||100.0%||100.0%||100.0%||100.0%|
Reason for Appointment of Outside Corporate Auditors
|Name||Reason for Appointment|
|Takashi Torizumi||The Company has judged that Mr. Torizumi would be able to fully perform his roles as outside corporate auditor from an independent position, based on his abundant experience as a corporate manager.|
|The Company has judged that Mr. Kohdera would be able to fully perform his roles as outside corporate auditor from an independent position, based on his abundant experience as an attorney and high level of knowledge of legal affairs.|
|Atsuko Ishii||The Company has judged that Ms. Ishii would be able to fully perform her roles as outside corporate auditor from an independent position, based on her abundant experience and high level of knowledge of labor administration.|
Key Internal Committees Other Than Board of Directors and Board of Auditors
|Nomination Advisory Committee||
|Compensation Advisory Committee||
|Executive Officers Committee||
|Corporate CSR Committee||
|Corporate Risk Management Committee||
|Major Project Committee||
|Project Risk Management Committee||
Kawasaki Group’s Governance Structure (As of June 27, 2018)
The Auditing Department, which is an internal audit division and consists of around fifteen (15) persons, makes efforts to improve the internal control function such as regularly auditing whether our group's execution of general business activities is properly conducted in accordance with laws and internal rules etc. Furthermore, corporate auditors and the Auditing Department exchange information and share information such as each audit results and findings.
Corporate auditors attend board of directors meetings and management meetings, etc. (Outside corporate auditors attend management meetings etc. as needed.) In addition, corporate auditors inspect important documents, meet directors and executive officers, conduct operational audits on the head office and operating division, and investigate the status of business and assets through an investigation on the subsidiaries, etc. Furthermore, by three (3) outside corporate auditors, further objectivity and neutrality of audit function are ensured. In addition, information is shared with full-time corporate auditors and outside corporate auditors, and the audit function is enhanced.
With regard to independent auditing, Kawasaki undergoes audits of its financial statements by the independent auditor KPMG AZSA LLC. Corporate auditors and the Board of Auditors receive an outline of the audit plan and a report on important audit items from the independent auditor, and the Board of Auditors explains the Company’s auditing plan to the independent auditor. Corporate auditors and the Board of Auditors periodically receive reports on the results of audits by the independent auditor, and conversely, the independent auditor receives reports on the results of audits by the corporate auditors and the Board of Auditors, who strive to keep lines of communication open with the independent auditor by also exchanging information and opinions. When necessary, corporate auditors take part in the audits performed by the independent auditor, and may also receive reports from the independent auditor concerning audits when appropriate.
Independent Auditor Compensation in Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2018
(Millions of yen)
|Subject of audit||Compensation based on
audit certification services
on non-audit services
|Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.||185||5|
Compensation to Corporate Officers
The compensation system for Kawasaki directors and audit & supervisory board members—which is designed to promote sustained improvement in corporate performance and enterprise value and to secure outstanding human resources—ensures a level of compensation in line with the duties of the individual officer. Compensation for directors, excluding outside directors consists of basic compensation, performance-based compensation, and a stock purchase fund. Among these, performance-based compensation is determined by linking corporate performance with the aim of using compensation as an incentive for achieving business goals. The stock purchase fund is distributed in fixed amounts each month for the purpose of sharing value with shareholders and incentivizing directors to enhance medium- to longterm enterprise value, with the entire amount contributed to the officers' stock ownership plan in order to purchase shares of the Company on a continuous basis. Compensation for outside directors is set at a fixed level not tied to corporate performance, from the perspective of professional independence. These types of compensation for directors are determined by the President as delegated by the Board of Directors, after consultation with the Compensation Advisory Committee. The compensation of audit & supervisory board members is set at a fixed level not tied to corporate performance, from the perspective of professional independence. This compensation is determined by the Audit & Supervisory Board.
Amount of Corporate Officers’ Compensation in Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2018
(Millions of yen)
|Directors 13 people||Audit & supervisory bord members 6 people||Total 19 people
(Including 6 people from outside)
|Total amount of compensation||675||103||778||(60)|
|Total amount of compensation, etc.
|Stock purchase fund||67||-||67||(-)|
- 1. The number of officers includes four directors and one corporate auditor who retired at the conclusion of the General Meeting of Shareholders held in June 2017.
- 2. The maximum amount of compensation for directors is ¥1,200 million per year (as resolved at the 189th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders held on June 27, 2012). The maximum amount of compensation for corporate auditors is ¥120 million per year (as resolved at the 194th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders held on June 28, 2017).