G/Governance

Corporate Governance and Internal Control

With conscience and integrity, Nidec aims to earn society’s trust, and increase corporate value sustainably based on the motto, “high growth, high profit, and high share price”

Purpose of the Nidec Group’s corporate governance system

By exercising corporate governance, the Nidec Group intends to become a conscientious and principled company that earns society’s trust, and to increase corporate value sustainably based on the motto, “high growth, high profit, and high share price.” It is to this end that we maintain and enhance our internal control, run our business healthily and efficiently, and disclose information appropriately to increase the transparency of the company’s business operations.

Corporate governance system

Nidec’s basic policy is to exercise the motto, “high growth, high profit, and high share price” to enhance its business management and management system based on “the Aim of the Nidec Corporation” and the “Three Principles of Our Operations.” The main organizations in place to realize these basic policies include the Board of Directors and the Audit and Supervisory Committee, both in accordance with the Companies Act of Japan, and executive organs of the Executive Management Meeting (Keiei-kaigi) and the Management Committee.

History of Nidec’s corporate governance

Corporate governance structure

Board of Directors

Nidec’s Board of Directors makes decisions on important business management matters, while supervising the execution of business operations. We have onboard people with no special relationship with the company and who are highly independent of it as Outside Directors, to enhance the supervisory function of the company’s business management, and its transparency and objectivity. Pursuant to the resolution from a meeting of the Regular General Meeting of Shareholders held in June 2021, the company’s Board of Directors comprises nine members, five of whom are Outside Directors.

Attendance of the Board Directors to the meetings of the Board of Directors and individual committee meetings(FY2020)

Member

Number of times of attendance / the meeting held (attendance rate)
Meetings of the Board of Directors Audit and Supervisory Committee Remuneration Committee
Shigenobu Nagamori 22/22 (100.0%) - 1/1 (100.0%)
Jun Seki 17/17 (100.0%) - 1/1 (100.0%)
Kazuya Murakami 22/22 (100.0%) 15/15 (100.0%) -
Hiroyuki Ochiai 22/22 (100.0%) 15/15 (100.0%) -
Teiichi Sato 22/22 (100.0%) - 1/1 (100.0%)
Osamu Shimizu 20/22 (90.9%) - 1/1 (100.0%)
Takeshi Nakane 22/22 (100.0%) 15/15 (100.0%) -
Aya Yamada 16/17 (94.1%) 10/10 (100.0%) -
Takako Sakai 17/17 (100.0%) 10/10 (100.0%) 1/1 (100.0%)
Hiroyuki Yoshimoto 5/5 (100.0%) - -
Hiroshi Kobe 5/5 (100.0%) - -
Mikio Katayama 5/5 (100.0%) - -
Akira Sato 5/5 (100.0%) - -
Toshihiko Miyabe 5/5 (100.0%) - -

*For Mr. Jun Seki, Ms. Aya Yamada, and Ms. Takako Sakai, the record of their attendance to Audit and Supervisory Committee meetings since June 17, 2020, when the three were appointed to serve as members of the company’s Board of Directors, is shown. Messrs. Hiroyuki Yoshimoto, Hiroshi Kobe, Mikio Katayama, Akira Sato, and Toshihiko Miyabe left office as members of the Board of Directors on June 17, 2020.

Themes of deliberations at the Board of Directors meetings

Effectiveness evaluation of the Board of Directors

Annually, Nidec sends out questionnaires to all members of the Board of Directors, including Outside Members, on the effectiveness of the Board of Directors’ meetings, and the Board of Directors discusses, analyzes and assesses the results of the questionnaires. Based on the results of the questionnaires, Nidec formulates measures for constant improvement.

Questionnaire survey on the effectiveness of the Board of Directors (efforts and evaluation)

Efforts made in FY2020

  • Executive directors provided a business overview for members of existing informal meetings (for Outside Members of the Board of Directors who are not members of the Audit and Supervisory Committee, and Members of the Board of Directors who are members of the Audit and Supervisory Committee).
  • Promoted understanding of our business at informal meetings (explanation of the business and online plant tour)

Summary of FY2020 evaluation results

  • Evaluated appropriate in that the Board of Directors’ meetings on the whole functioned sufficiently and that discussions and operation of the Board of Directors’ meetings have been improved, in addition to the composition, frequency and length of the Board of Directors’ meetings and the quality of information and explanation provided thereat
  • Problems found include inappropriate timing of provision of materials for meetings, and insufficiency of efforts to realize the medium- to long-term plan and analysis of the cause of failure to achieve targets
efforts FY2021

Skills matrix

Audit and Supervisory Committee

The Audit and Supervisory Committee audits the execution of duties by the Board of Directors’ members, and receives audit reports from the Accounting Auditor.

Composition of members and the chairperson

Composition
Total committee members 5
Full-time members 2
Internal Members of the Board of Directors 2
Outside Members of the Board of Directors 3
Chairperson Internal Member of the Board of Directors

Cooperation between the Audit and Supervisory Committee and accounting auditors

In addition to quarterly meetings, the Audit and Supervisory Committee and the accounting auditors meet whenever necessary. In these meetings, they exchange information and opinions on audit results, audit systems, audit plans, audit implementation status and the like. In FY2020, the accounting auditors were invited to six meetings of the Audit and Supervisory Committee to closely exchange information.

Cooperation between the Audit and Supervisory Committee and the internal audit department

The Corporate Administration & Internal Audit Department, Nidec’s internal audit department, regularly reports to the Audit and Supervisory Committee on the results of the Nidec Group’s internal audits. The department also exchanges opinions and shares information with the Audit and Supervisory Committee as necessary, and conducts on-site audits at the request of the Audit and Supervisory Committee.

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee consists of two internal members and three outside members of the Board of Directors, headed by Jun Seki, Representative Director and President (Chief Executive Officer) as the chairperson. The Committee members discuss basic policies and systems for remunerations of directors in response to consultation from the Board of Directors, and reports the results back to the Board of Directors.

Various committees

Name Description
Risk Management Committee The Risk Management Committee is placed under the Board of Directors and is headed by the person appointed by the Board of Directors as the chairperson, to decide risk management policies and measures, issue punishments for delays or negligence in reporting, and submit reports and proposals to the Board of Directors. It also monitors the company-wide risk management status and constantly reviews the adequacy of allocation of resources necessary for risk management. Based on the annual policies established by the Risk Management Committee, department general managers and Group companies formulate and carry out their respective annual risk management plans.
Compliance Committee The Compliance Committee is placed under the Board of Directors to discuss and decide basic compliance policies and measures, as well as to monitor the status of implementation of various compliance measures and provide instructions for improvement. The Compliance Committee meets once every two months and the Legal & Compliance Department serves as the secretariat for the meetings.
Information Security Committee The Information Security Committee is placed under the Board of Directors to formulate basic policies concerning information security, as well as to monitor the status of implementation of various information security measures and provide instructions.
CSR Committee The CSR Committee is placed under the Board of Directors and is headed by Akinobu Samura, Vice President (Chief Financial Officer) in charge of CSR, who has been appointed by the Board of Directors as the chairperson. The chairperson and the committee members appointed at each site discuss and make decisions on CSR activity policies and annual plans and other important matters. Matters decided at the CSR Committee meetings are reported, or discussed if necessary, at the Board of Directors’ meeting, and are put into action by the Investor Relations & CSR Promotion Department, which serves as the dedicated secretariat, in cooperation with business sites inside and outside of Japan.

Executive Management Meeting

The Executive Management Meeting convenes once a month to assess the present state of business and determine the next course of action, based on the monthly performance data and outcome of discussions at respective meetings where important group-wide concerns are shared among administrative departments, subsidiaries and business units.

Management Committee

The Management Committee, the consultative body to the Representative Director and Chairman, is held and chaired by the President and Chief Executive Officer twice a month in principle to discuss overall operational directions, plans and other important considerations in the execution of business.

Internal control system

We instituted the Nidec Group's basic policies on its internal control in a “Nidec Policy Manual,” and have Corporate Audit & Internal Control Department conduct audits to maintain and improve the efficacy of the internal control in financial reports, as so requested by Article 24-4-4-1 of Japan's Financial Instruments and Exchange Act.

Additionally, under our Board of Directors, we have in place a Compliance Committee, a Risk Management Committee, an Information Security Management Committee, and a CSR Committee, for each of which Legal & Compliance Department, Risk Management Office, Information Security Management Office, and IR-CSR Promotion Department serve as secretariats respectively, to build a corporate culture that promotes internal control, and reinforce its management system.

Nidec Group companies’ corporate governance

Nidec Group companies act based on the Nidec Corporation’s business philosophies and policies, and are part of the Nidec Corporation’s internal control system. The company seconds its officers and employees to group companies, but individual group companies try to maintain their independence, especially by taking into account the opinions of the external members of their Audit & Supervisory Board, experts, etc., and thoroughly discussing matters before making business decisions based on the respective group companies’ circumstances.

*For more about Nidec’s corporate governance and internal control systems, see the Corporate Governance page.

Cross-shareholding

Policy for cross-shareholding

Nidec holds shares in the companies that Nidec has relationships with in terms of trading and cooperation in its business and other areas, when it judges that such shareholding contributes to the company’s corporate value expansion through stabilization of its business from a medium-to-long-term perspective by maintaining and strengthening its relationship with those companies. Nidec assesses its cross-held shares individually at the Board of Directors meeting every year, on not only qualitative aspects such as the purpose of the shareholding, but also on quantitative aspects such as the benefits that can accrue through the shareholding from the perspective of economic rationality. According to the results of the assessment, Nidec intends to reduce the number of shares it holds if the cross-held shares are not expected to bring significant benefits.

Criteria for exercising voting rights for cross-shareholding

With regard to the exercise of voting rights in relation to cross-shareholdings, Nidec makes comprehensive decisions to vote for or against individual proposals to serve the investees’ sustainable growth from the perspective of whether appropriate governance and compliance structures are in place at investee companies.

Basic views on exercising voting rights

With regard to the individual proposals submitted to the shareholders’ meetings of the companies Nidec invests in, Nidec decides to vote for or against after confirming the following points: whether the proposals suit the purposes of the shareholding which are to maintain and strengthen the trade and cooperation relationships through medium-to-long- term investment; and particularly, whether there are any circumstances that might lead to undermining of the shareholders’ value due to the restructuring of organizations, including asset transfer and mergers. Nidec opposes all proposals that are considered to violate the law or constitute antisocial behavior, in all circumstances.


*For more about Nidec’s corporate governance and internal control systems, see the Corporate Governance page.

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