Basic Policy Regarding Corporate Governance
Established in October 2000 through the merger of three companies-DDI, KDD, and IDO-KDDI commenced operations as a comprehensive telecommunications company, providing a wide variety of telecommunications services, ranging from mobile to fixed-line communications. Amid increasingly intense competition in the Japanese telecommunications market, the three companies pooled their assets, human resources, and technologies in an effort to transform themselves into an entity capable of offering higher quality, more convenient, and innovative telecommunications services that would meet society's expectations, while achieving sustainable growth in tandem with society's changing needs.
From the outset, the new company formalized the KDDI Philosophy, as it recognized that the fostering of shared values among employees hailing from different corporate cultures was essential. We worked to thoroughly instill the tenets of this philosophy-which corresponds to what is typically termed a "company philosophy" or "corporate principles" -calling for all employees to take the initiative. Since that time, 17 companies have been merged into KDDI, driving its growth through diversity.
However, the KDDI Philosophy, with its unfailingly customer oriented perspective, has remained intact as we continue to embrace new challenges and create new value.
Corporate Governance Promotion Framework
KDDI considers strengthening corporate governance to be a vital issue in terms of enhancing corporate value for shareholders, and is working to improve management efficiency and transparency.
With regard to business execution, an executive officer system was introduced in June 2001 to assign authority, clarify responsibilities, and ensure that operations are conducted effectively and efficiently. The Company is also working to systematize internal decision-making flow with a view to ensuring timely management decisions.
KDDI is making active efforts to vitalize the General Meeting of Shareholders and ensure smooth exercise of voting rights. Convocation announcements are issued early, and the Company strives to avoid scheduling the meeting on days when many other companies hold their shareholders' meetings. KDDI also allows shareholders to exercise their voting rights via PC and mobile phone platforms.
The Board of Directors, which includes outside directors, makes decisions regarding important matters as prescribed by relevant statutes, and oversees the execution of business by directors and other managers to ensure proper conduct. The agenda items for the Board of Directors, as well as important matters relating to the execution of business, are decided by the Corporate Management Committee, composed of directors and executive officers. The Board of Directors also has the right to appoint and dismiss executive officers.
The Remuneration Advisory Committee, of which more than half of its members including the chairman consist of outside directors, provides advice on remuneration to executives.
Audit & Supervisory Board Members attend meetings of the Board of Directors, as well as other important internal meetings. The Board of Directors and the Internal Audit Division provide, in an appropriate and timely manner, all data necessary to the execution of auditors' duties, exchange opinions, and collaborate with auditors. The Board also periodically listens to reports from the accounting auditors on the annual accounting audit plan, the progress, and the result of accounting audits. It also makes recommendations and exchanges of opinion as necessary. In addition, KDDI established the Audit & Supervisory Board Member's Office to assist auditors with their duties in 2006. The opinions of the Audit & Supervisory Board Members are taken into account when selecting personnel for assignment to the office.
All KDDI Group operations are subject to internal audits to regularly assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of internal controls. The results of internal audits are reported to the president and to auditors, along with recommendations for improvement and correction of problem areas.
KDDI also has a Business Ethics Committee, which makes decisions on compliance-related issues, and a Disclosure Committee, which oversees disclosure of information. By bringing together the various systems and frameworks for managing each Group company, KDDI is working to enhance governance across the entire Group.
Corporate Governance Organization
Major Activities of External Audit & Supervisory Board Members
|Name||Major Activities of External Audit & Supervisory Board Members|
|Takeshi Abe||Takeshi Abe has been elected and appointed as an Auditor in June 2012.|
|Kishichiro Amae||Kishichiro Amae has been elected and appointed as an Auditor in June 2012.|
|Yukihisa Hirano||Yukihisa Hirano has been elected and appointed as an Auditor in June 2012.|
Remuneration for Directors and Audit & Supervisory Board Members
(Millions of yen)
- * The above-stated remuneration for directors includes amounts for one director who stepped down at the end of the 27th Annual Meeting of Shareholders, held on June 16, 2011.
- * The maximum monthly remuneration for directors was set at ¥40 million by a resolution of the 17th Annual Meeting of hareholders, held on June 26, 2001. This does not include employee salaries for directors concurrently occupying posts as employees. Furthermore, directors may receive up to an additional ¥40 million of annual remuneration in the form of stock acquisition rights issued as stock options, as decided by a resolution of the 22nd Annual Meeting of Shareholders, held on June 15, 2006.
- * The maximum annual remuneration for auditors was set at ¥84 million by a resolution of the 25th Annual Meeting of Shareholders, held on June 18, 2009. This amount is based on the Company's fiscal year.
- * Remuneration amounts outlined above included the following Board members' bonuses, which were defined as being linked to performance and no more than 0.1% of consolidated net income for the applicable fiscal year by a resolution of the 27th Annual Meeting of Shareholders, held on June 16, 2011 10 Directors: ¥130.56 million.
- * Remuneration amounts for directors included: Stock acquisition rights granted to seven directors by a resolution of the Board of Directors at a meeting held on July 23, 2009.
- * In addition to the above, at the 20th Annual Meeting of Shareholders, held on June 24, 2004, it was decided to pay a retirement allowance to directors and auditors in connection with the cancellation of the executive retirement bonus system.
Policies Regarding Decisions on the Contents of Remuneration
KDDI has set policies regarding decisions on the contents of remuneration for directors and auditors as below. The Company has also formed a Remuneration Advisory Committee to discuss with and provide advice to the Board of Directors in order to maintain both transparency and objectivity on the system of and the level of remuneration for executives. More than half of its members, including its chairman, consist of outside directors.
Policies on Remuneration for Directors
Remuneration for directors consists of fixed-amount salaries and executive bonuses provided that they are responsible for improving business results every fiscal year, as well as mid-to-long term corporate value. Fixed-amount salaries are based on their professional ranking and the management environment. Executive bonuses are based on the business results of the KDDI Group, representing their sector and the individual's performance during the fiscal year.
To clarify management responsibilities and enhance incentives for business improvement, executive bonuses after FY2011 will be linked to the business results of the KDDI Group within 0.1% of consolidated net profit in the fiscal year. This linking has been set by taking into account the responsibility of directors to sustain continuous growth and to lead the new age while swiftly reacting to environmental changes within the Group.
Policies on Remuneration for Audit & Supervisory Board Members
Remuneration for Audit & Supervisory Board Members is based on discussions with Audit & Supervisory Board Members and is only a flat-rate salary that is not linked to the business results of the KDDI Group.