Corporate Governance

Basic Stance on Corporate Governance

The KHI Group’s basic stance on corporate governance is to raise enterprise value through effective and sound management while forming solid relationships with all stakeholders, including shareholders, customers, employees, and communities, through highly transparent management practices. The KHI Group is striving to further strengthen and enhance corporate governance systems as appropriate for its businesses and scale.

Corporate Governance System

KHI is a company with an Audit & Supervisory Committee and has voluntarily established a Nomination Advisory Committee and a Compensation Advisory Committee as advisory bodies to the Board of Directors as a well as a Management Committee, an Executive Officers Committee, and other governance bodies. KHI’s main deliberative bodies are as follows.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors comprises 13 Directors (of whom, five serve as Audit & Supervisory Committee Members), with the chairman serving as the presiding officer by resolution of the Board. Six Directors are Outside Directors (of whom, three serve as Audit & Supervisory Committee Members) and independent of business execution. By avoiding having Directors serve concurrently as officers responsible for specific businesses (the internal company presidents), the Company seeks to enhance the separation of management oversight and business execution and thereby further reinforce the Board of Director’s oversight functions.
In addition to the above, the Nomination Advisory Committee and the Compensation Advisory Committee, which are chaired by a presiding officer and the majority of whose members are Outside Directors, have been established as advisory bodies to the Board of Directors for the purpose of improving the transparency and objectivity of its deliberations. The Nomination Advisory Committee deliberates on the policies and standards regarding the appointment and dismissal of Directors and the appropriateness of such, and the Compensation Advisory Committee deliberates on the policies and systems regarding the compensation of Directors and the appropriateness of the individual compensation system, and reports or advises the Board of Directors, respectively.

Audit & Supervisory Committee

The Audit & Supervisory Committee comprises five Directors, including three Outside Directors. To secure effective oversight, the two internal Directors have been appointed as full-time Audit & Supervisory Committee Members. Furthermore, to ensure the reliability of financial reporting, the Company appoints Audit & Supervisory Committee Members who have considerable knowledge of finance and accounting.

Business Execution Framework

Kawasaki has adopted an executive officer system in order to facilitate response to rapid changes in the business environment. To accelerate decision making, a great deal of authority over business execution decisions is delegated to the executive Directors and executive officers, who are appointed by the Board of Directors.
Kawasaki maintains a Management Committee, comprising mainly executive Directors and internal company presidents, as an advisory body to the president. The Management Committee discusses matters that are important to business execution. This framework helps improve the appropriateness and efficiency of decision making and business execution.
Kawasaki also maintains an Executive Officers Committee, comprising all of the executive officers, with the President as the presiding officer. This committee issues business execution policy based on management policy and plans determined mainly by the Board of Directors and Management Committee as well as decisions made by the Management Committee. It also discusses management issues, striving to build unified consensus in Group management.

Kawasaki Group’s Governance Structure (As of June 24, 2022)

Kawasaki's Governance Structure


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