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Approach to Corporate Governance

Our governance structure

Corporate governance is a key element in the operational agenda of NSG Group. The Group adopts a Company with Three Committees structure, under which we intend and seek to introduce additional safeguards for shareholders, increase the transparency of management, and enhance corporate governance by separating the functions of execution and oversight, with the role of the Independent External Directors strengthened.

We established the NSG Group Corporate Governance Guidelines, supporting the Principles of the TSE Corporate Governance Code. These Guidelines provide our basic principles and framework of corporate governance.
Please see here for the details.

Open Management System

Company with Committees

The adoption of the ‘Company with Committees’ model has brought the NSG Group into line with a number of leading Japanese corporations and with best practice. It has introduced additional safeguards for shareholders, increased transparency and enhanced corporate governance, with the role of the independent external directors strengthened.

There are three Board committees (Nomination, Audit and Compensation) and four independent external directors.  The Nomination Committee decides the details of the agenda items to be submitted to the General Meeting of Shareholders concerning the appointment and removal of directors. The Committee consists of seven directors, including four independent external directors. Its chairman is Seiichi Asaka, an independent external director.

Criteria of Independency for External Director at NSG: Click here

The Audit Committee is chaired by an independent external director, Sumitaka Fujita, and comprises six directors, including four independent external directors. It conducts audits of the execution of duties by directors and executive directors and ensures that adequate risk management processes are followed. It also decides the details of agenda items to be submitted to the General Meeting of Shareholders concerning the appointment and removal of independent auditors.

The Compensation Committee makes decisions on compensation of individual directors and executive directors. The Committee is chaired by an independent external director, George Olcott, and comprises five directors, including three independent external directors.

Adoption of IFRS

We adopted International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for our consolidated financial statements, with effect from 1 April 2011. Enabling the whole Group to use the same accounting language has clear benefits for the Company’s internal decisionmaking processes and further enhances our corporate governance structure.

Beginning with the financial year to 31 March 2012, the Group’s results are now reported in IFRS. This has increased the amount of financial information we publish, prompting our decision to divide the content of our annual reporting between the Annual Report and an Annual Financial Statements document, both can be downloaded in English from our website.

 

Risk management

The scope of our operations introduces potential risks to our business activities, requiring effective risk management. These include the effects of changes in debt market prices, foreign currency exchange rates, credit risks, energy prices, liquidity, interest rates and business disruption. Our enterprise risk management process enables the impact and likelihood of the most important risks to be assessed in a standard format.

The information is used to assess the cumulative risk exposure of the Group and promote effective global risk responses, thus strengthening our overall risk management structure. For further discussion on our risks and opportunities associated with climate change, click here.