As a chemical materials manufacturer that aims to increase our corporate value through efficient and sound corporate management, we position corporate governance as an important management issue in order to become a company that is widely trusted by society.
In addition, we have established "Corporate Governance Policy"; to show our specific direction for strengthening corporate governance, and review it from time to time.
New Japan Chemical’s Corporate Governance
Corporate Governance System
Roles and functions of each institution and committee
Board of Directors
Four of the nine directors of the Board of Directors are external directors. External directors possess various backgrounds such as experience in corporate management, finance and accounting expert knowledge, and legal specialization. We ensure that the Board of Directors is able to discuss issues from multiple perspectives.
In principle, the Board of Directors meets once a month, and extraordinary meetings are held as necessary to make decisions on important management matters and to supervise the execution of duties by executive directors and corporate officers.
Nomination & Compensation Committee
As an advisory committee for the Board of Directors, we established the Nomination and Remuneration Advisory Committee, consisting of five directors, including four outside directors, and is chaired by an outside director.
The Board of Directors decide on the appointment and dismissal of Directors and remuneration, etc. based on the reports of the Nomination and Remuneration Advisory Committee.
Audit and Supervisory Committee
The Audit and Supervisory Committee consists of three directors, including two external directors; the one who possess finance and accounting expertise, the one an attorney. Full-time Audit and Supervisory Committee members attend the Board of Directors’ meetings, management meetings as well as other important conferences to effectively audit the management policy, decisions on important matters, and Directors’ execution of operations.
In addition, employees of the Audit Office, who are independent from the Executive Directors, assist the Audit and Supervisory Committee.
We have appointed Ernst&Young ShinNihon LLC. as our Accounting Auditor. The Accounting Auditor conducts appropriate accounting audits in accordance with the audit plan and in accordance with laws and regulations at the interim and fiscal year-end, as well as during the fiscal year, as appropriate. In addition, the Accounting Auditor works closely with the Audit and Supervisory Committee by exchanging audit information as necessary.
Consisting mainly of Directors and Executive Officers, makes decisions on specific matters related to business execution and deliberates in advance on matters to be resolved by the Board of Directors.
With the President as the Chairman makes decisions and coordinates activities to promote and strengthen CSR management.
Consisting mainly of Executive Officers and presidents of our domestic consolidated subsidiaries, promotes compliance measures, including the effective management and improvement of the internal reporting system.
Governance Strengthening Advancements
In 2016, we transitioned into a company with an Audit and Supervisory Committee, and increased the ratio of external directors to greater than 25%. In addition, in 2019, we established a Nomination & Compensation Committee, and in the following year 2020, we increased the ratio of external directors to the majority. Taking into account the results of evaluation of the Board of Directors efficiency (carried out once a year), we will continue to improve management transparency.
The Board of Directors held 17 meetings in FY2022, all of which were attended by 100% of the directors. For directors appointed in June 2022, attendance at board meetings held after their appointment.
Main activities of The Board of Directors in 2022
Human Resource measures
Confirmation of the operational status of the personnel evaluation system introduced in FY2022
Design of the Personnel Grading System to be introduced in FY2023
Advancement of quality management system
Measures for stable procurement of raw materials and cost reduction
Analysis for business portfolio optimization
Confirm progress of scrap & build
Nomination and Compensation Committee
In order to strengthen the objectivity and transparency of the decision-making process of the Board of Directors, we have established a Nomination and Compensation Committee as a consultative body. The committee consists of five directors, including four external directors. In FY2022, the committee meeting was hosted five times, all of which were attended by 100% of the directors. For directors appointed in June 2022, attendance at board meetings held after their appointment.
Main activities of Nomination and Compensation Committee in 2022
Regarding Nomination of Director Candidates
Regarding Nomination of Executive Officer Candidates
Regarding Director Individual Remuneration for this Fiscal Year
Regarding Evaluation of executive officers' achievement of goals and performance of duties
Regarding executive officers' Individual Remuneration, including evaluation-linked remuneration, for this Fiscal Year
In regards to our company’s policy for determining director remuneration, we decide as listed in the following. In the revision of this policy, the Nomination and Compensation Committee is consulted on the draft, and the Board of Directors adopts a resolution based on its report.
Director Remuneration (Excluding Audit and Supervisory Committee Members, and External Directors)
Director remuneration only includes base remuneration. Base remuneration is paid in the monthly prorated amount for 12 months according to the director position and role. However, if we conclude it is not appropriate to pay the amount of base remuneration due to a significant deterioration in the company's performance, we will reduce the amount. Regarding performance-linked bonuses, we will consider its introduction based on select performance indicators and calculation methods for the amount of remuneration.
Remuneration for Audit and Supervisory Committee Members, and External Directors
From the viewpoint of independency and role, we will only pay the basic remuneration that is established according to the role. The monthly prorated amount will be paid every month for 12 months.
FY2022 Directors Remuneration Total Amount
Total Amount of Remuneration, etc. （Millions of Yen）
Number of Eligible Directors （Number of people）
Directors (Excluding Audit and Supervisory Committee Members) (External Directors)
Directors (Audit and Supervisory Committee Members) (External Directors)
Evaluation of the Board of Directors efficiency
Every year, we strive to improve the function of the Board of Directors by evaluating the effectiveness of the Board of Directors. For the 7th evaluation, we conducted a questionnaire survey on each director for the Board of Directors meeting held in fiscal 2022, and discussed it at the Board of Directors based on the results.
Results of the evaluation (Target : Board of Directors held in FY2022)
Board of Directors’ Structure
As external directors possess a diverse array of backgrounds, multifaceted meaningful discussions are made possible. In the medium to long term, a younger generation of directors should be appointed to further invigorate the Board of Directors.
Board of Directors’ Operations
Meeting frequency and reported content are generally appropriate. However, due to the broad scope of proposals to the Board of Directors, delegation to the executive side should be increased.
Board of Directors’ Discussion
Active discussions take place, including external directors. However, the focus tends to be on deliberation of individual proposals, so it would be good to have a forum for exchange of opinions on medium- to long-term strategies in addition to Board of Directors meetings.
Provision of information to External Directors
Prior explanations and information on matters to be discussed at Board of Directors meetings are generally provided appropriately. More information about the risks our group faces and how to manage them should be provided.
Message from External Director
Independent External Director
My Role as External Director
The important role of the external director is to ensure that company decisions are made in a manner that is accountable to stakeholders. Especially in a company with a long history like ours, discussions tend to proceed based on internal logic and culture. If an external director joins the Board of Directors and thinks and speaks from a perspective that differs from our company's culture, we can have discussions from a perspective closer to our stakeholders, which will lead to more transparent decision-making. Since I used to be in the food industry, I’d like to speak from a different angle from the common practice in the chemical industry, to which our company belongs.
Effectiveness of our governance
Several external directors, including myself, also attend Management Meetings, where there are heated debates from a variety of perspectives that lead to the rejection of many suggestions. I believe that our company's governance is highly effective because topics that are fully discussed by Management Meetings are often proposed to the Board of Directors meetings.
However, it is an issue that the Board of Directors meetings and the Management Meetings spend much of their time discussing specific suggestions. I feel that there should be more opportunities to discuss major themes such as mid-to-long-term strategies and the ideal organizational structure. In the future, it would be beneficial to give Executive Officers the authority of the Board of Directors in order to focus the topics for discussion and to create opportunities for an open dialogue outside of formal meetings.
Efforts to realize a sustainable society
I believe that focusing our R&D efforts on environmental subjects, including carbon neutrality, is a very positive thing because we are expected to contribute to the development of a sustainable society. The key to "contributing through our business" is to show the precise value we can provide to clients who buy our products (for example, how much CO2 emission reduction we can achieve). To achieve this, we need to learn more about our customers' businesses and products, and quickly share this information with our development department so that it can be reflected in our products. It is not easy, but I believe that such business will become even more common in the future.
Based on our management philosophy and CSR policy, we have established a "Code of Conduct" that defines the standards to be observed by the officers and employees of our group in the course of their corporate activities, and we are working to ensure thorough compliance.
By distributing handbooks that explain the Code of Conduct in an easy-to-understand manner and conducting training sessions, we are working to prevent and quickly correct compliance-related problems.