Epson strives to continuously strengthen corporate governance to ensure transparent, fair, timely and decisive decision-making so as to achieve the goals declared in the Management Philosophy, to promote sustainable growth, and to increase corporate value over the long-term. Toward this end, we have appointed multiple outside directors. We have also established a Director Nomination Committee and a Director Compensation Committee to serve as discretional advisory bodies for the Board of Directors.
Epson will continue to enhance the effectiveness of its corporate governance by further improving the supervisory function of the Board of Directors and by enhancing discussions at board meetings, as well as by speeding up decision-making in management as a company with an Audit & Supervisory Committee.
Corporate Governance Policy (170KB)
Principles of Corporate Governance
- Respect the rights of shareholders, and secure equality.
- Keeping the interests of shareholders, customers, communities, business partners, employees and other stakeholders in mind, work in an appropriately cooperative manner with them.
- Disclose company information as appropriate and ensure transparency.
- Directors, Executive Officers, and Special Audit & Supervisory Officers shall be aware of their fiduciary responsibilities and shall fulfill the roles and responsibilities expected of them.
- Epson shall engage in constructive dialogue with shareholders.
Corporate Governance Structure
Seiko Epson ("the Company") has established itself as a company with an Audit & Supervisory Committee with the aim of strengthening the supervision and monitoring of management and of speeding up decision-making by separating the management supervision and execution of operations.
The main corporate management bodies and their aims are described below.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors, with a mandate from shareholders, is responsible for realizing efficient and effective corporate governance, through which the Company will accomplish its social mission, sustain growth, and maximize corporate value over the medium and long terms. To fulfill its responsibilities, the Board of Directors supervises general operations to ensure that operations are fair and transparent. The Board of Directors also makes decisions on important business affairs of the Company, such as decisions on the formulation of important business matters, such as the establishment of management plans and business plans and decision on investment projects that exceed a certain fixed amount of money.
The Board of Directors is composed of 11 directors, including five Outside Directors. Meetings of the Board of Directors are, as a rule, held once per month and as needed. The Board of Directors makes decisions on basic business policies, important business affairs, and other matters that the Board of Directors is responsible for deciding as provided for in internal regulations. Business affairs that the Board of Directors is not responsible for deciding are delegated to executive management, and the board monitors these. The Company is speeding up business decision-making as a company with an Audit & Supervisory Committee. To increase the agility of business, the scope of business affairs delegated by the Board of Directors to executive management has been expanded, so that the Board of Directors focuses only on the most important measures. The Company has further improved the supervisory function of the Board of Directors by specifying in the Corporate Governance Policy that at least one third of the members of the board should be Outside Directors.
Audit & Supervisory Committee
The Audit & Supervisory Committee, with a mandate from shareholders, is responsible for independently and objectively auditing and monitoring the execution of Director duties and for ensuring the sound and sustained growth of the Company. The Audit & Supervisory Committee establishes criteria for properly evaluating potential External Financial Auditors. After selecting External Financial Auditors, the Audit & Supervisory Committee verifies whether External Financial Auditors possess the necessary independence and expertise. In addition, the Audit & Supervisory Committee conducts audits in cooperation with internal audit departments and Financial Auditors.
The Audit & Supervisory Committee is composed of four Audit & Supervisory Committee members, three of whom are Outside Directors. It is chaired by a full-time member of the Audit & Supervisory Committee. Meetings are generally held once per month and as needed.
Corporate Strategy Council
The Corporate Strategy Council is an advisory body to the President. It was created to help ensure that the right decisions are made based on the advice and views of executive management. Meetings of the Corporate Strategy Council are held to allow Directors, Executive Officers, and Special Audit & Supervisory Officers to exhaustively discuss important business themes that affect the entire Epson Group and matters brought up before the Board of Directors.
The Compliance Committee hears and discusses important matters concerning the Company's compliance program in order to supervise whether the compliance program is being properly implemented along the executive line. It reports its findings and offers opinions to the Board of Directors.
As an advisory body to the Board of Directors, the Compliance Committee is made up of Outside Directors and Directors who are Audit & Supervisory Committee members. It is chaired by the full-time member of the Audit & Supervisory Committee, and meetings are held once every six months and as needed.
A Chief Compliance Officer ("CCO") is chosen by the Board of Directors to oversee and monitor the execution of all compliance operations. The CCO periodically reports the state of compliance affairs to the Compliance Committee.
Director Compensation Committee & Director Nomination Committee
The Company has established a Director Nomination Committee and a Director Compensation Committee as advisory bodies to the Board of Directors. The purpose of these committees is to ensure the transparency and objectivity of selections for Director, Executive Officer, and Special Audit & Supervisory Officer, as well as their compensation. Outside Directors comprise the majority of both committees, which also include the Representative Director/President and the Director in charge of human resources. Directors who are full-time members of the Audit & Supervisory Committee can attend meetings of either Committee as observers.