Corporate Governance Framework

Organizational Structure

OMRON has chosen to adopt the organizational structure of a "Company with Audit & Supervisory Board."
Board of Directors strives for sustainable enhancement of the OMRON Group's corporate value by exercising oversight over overall management through the election of directors, Audit & Supervisory Board members, and executive officers; the determination of compensation for directors and executive officers; and making important operational decisions.
Audit & Supervisory Board and Audit & Supervisory Board members work to secure the integrity of the OMRON Group and achieve the sustainable enhancement of corporate value by conducting audits on legality and appropriateness of directors' duties, and the fulfillment of Board of Directors' oversight obligations. In addition, each Audit & Supervisory Board member can exercise his/her authority on his/her own as a single-person organ in which the power over final decision-making is given to one person. This allows them to play a crucial role in strengthening internal controls.
Furthermore, to enhance the oversight functions of Board of Directors, four voluntary advisory committees are attached to Board of Directors. The President & CEO does not belong to any of these committees. Personnel Advisory Committee, CEO Selection Advisory Committee, and Compensation Advisory Committee are chaired by an independent outside director, and a majority of each committee's members shall be composed of independent outside directors. CEO Selection Advisory Committee is dedicated to the deliberation and nomination of candidates for CEO, which is the top-priority matter in management oversight. In addition, Corporate Governance Committee, established for the purpose of enhancing corporate governance, is also chaired by an independent outside director, and exclusively comprises independent outside directors and independent outside Audit & Supervisory Board members. Through these unique initiatives, OMRON has established and adopted a system that enhances the transparency and objectivity of management's decision-making process.
By incorporating the best aspects of the corporate governance system of a "Company with Committees (Nomination, etc.)," OMRON has created the kind of hybrid corporate governance structure that we feel is most appropriate for OMRON as a "Company with Audit & Supervisory Board."

OMRON's Corporate Governance Structure

OMRON's Corporate Governance Structure

Board of Directors

Roles and Responsibilities

The Board recognizes its fiduciary responsibility to shareholders and assumes the responsibility of sustainably improving the OMRON Group's corporate value through appropriate exercise of its authority. To fulfill the above responsibilities, the Board exercises oversight functions over the overall management in order to ensure fairness and transparency of management practices. The Board does so through election of directors, Audit & Supervisory Board members, and executive officers. It also determines compensation for directors and executive officers, and makes important operational decisions. The Board is also responsible for establishing a system to respond to cases when Audit & Supervisory Board members or external auditors have discovered fraud within the OMRON Group and demanded appropriate remedies or pointed out deficiencies or problems.

Composition

To effectively fulfill its duties and responsibilities, Board of Directors is composed of members with experience, specialized knowledge, and deep insight in a well-balanced manner. Management oversight and business execution are kept separate and a majority of the Board shall consist of directors who are not involved with business execution. At least one-third of the Board shall consist of independent outside directors.

Audit & Supervisory Board

Roles and Responsibilities

Audit & Supervisory Board bears in mind its fiduciary responsibility to shareholders and works to secure the integrity of the OMRON Group toward sustainable enhancement of corporate value, and acts for the common interests of the shareholders. To fulfill the above-mentioned responsibility, Audit & Supervisory Board strives to develop a system to ensure effectiveness of audits conducted by each of its members. Audit & Supervisory Board works in collaboration with independent outside directors and the internal auditing department. Audit & Supervisory Board also exchanges views with independent outside directors and provides them with information acquired through auditing.

Composition

To effectively fulfill its duties and responsibilities, Audit & Supervisory Board is composed of members with experience, specialized knowledge, and deep insight in a well-balanced manner.

Personnel Advisory Committee

Roles

Personnel Advisory Committee has been set up for the purpose of bolstering the management oversight function of Board of Directors by enhancing the transparency, objectivity, and timeliness of the decision-making process regarding nomination of candidates for directors, Audit & Supervisory Board members, and executive officers. Personnel Advisory Committee sets criteria and policies relating to the selection of Directors, Audit & Supervisory Board Members and Executive Officers. The committee also deliberates about candidates.

Composition

Personnel Advisory Committee is chaired by an independent outside director, and a majority of committee members shall consist of independent outside directors. The committee comprises directors excluding Chairman and CEO.

CEO Selection Advisory Committee

Roles

CEO Selection Advisory Committee has been established for the purpose of bolstering the management oversight function of Board of Directors by enhancing the transparency, objectivity, and timeliness of the decision-making process regarding nomination of candidates for CEO. CEO Selection Advisory Committee that specializes in selection of the President and appoints a candidate for the President and CEO for the next fiscal year, and deliberates about CEO succession planning and contingent succession planning to take over the position in emergency situations.

Composition

CEO Selection Committee is chaired by an independent outside director, and a majority of committee members shall consist of independent outside directors. The committee comprises Directors who are not engaged in business execution.

Compensation Advisory Committee

Roles

Compensation Advisory Committee has been established for the purpose of bolstering the management oversight function of Board of Directors by enhancing transparency and objectivity in determining compensation amounts for each director and executive officer. Compensation Advisory Committee deliberates about compensation levels and amounts for Directors and Executive Officers, as well as setting compensation policies and carrying out compensation assessments.

Composition

Personnel Advisory Committee is chaired by an independent outside director, and a majority of committee members shall consist of independent outside directors. The committee comprises directors excluding Chairman and CEO.

Corporate Governance Committee

Roles

Corporate Governance Committee has been established for the purpose of enhancing the transparency and fairness of management practices from the standpoint of all stakeholders and to continuously take steps to enhance corporate governance. Corporate Governance Committee discusses policies to continuously enhance corporate governance and to increase management transparency and fairness.

Composition

Corporate Governance Committee is chaired by an independent outside director, and its members comprise independent outside directors and independent outside Audit & Supervisory Board members.

Fiscal 2020 Advisory Committee

Fiscal 2020 Advisory Committee

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Board of Directors

Status of initiatives towards improving Board of Directors' effectiveness

1. Overview of initiatives towards improving Board of Directors’ effectiveness

The Company ensures transparency and fairness in business management, speeds up management decisions and practices, and strives to boost the OMRON Group’s competitive edge. The ultimate objective is to achieve sustained enhancement of corporate value. To this end, the Company reinforces the oversight functions of Board of Directors through initiatives for improving its effectiveness.
Such initiatives are undertaken in a cycle of (1) evaluation of Board of Directors’ effectiveness, and (2) determination of the operational policy and focus themes of Board of Directors and formulation and implementation of annual plans.

(1) Evaluation of Board of Directors’ effectiveness

The Company’s evaluation of Board of Directors’ effectiveness is conducted by Corporate Governance Committee chaired by a Director (Independent) and comprising only Directors (Independent) and Audit & Supervisory Board Members (Independent) (hereinafter “Outside Executives”). Outside Executives act as members of Board of Directors while having the perspectives of all stakeholders including the shareholders. Corporate Governance Committee, which is composed only of Outside Executives, performs evaluations in order to ensure that evaluations are both objective and effective.

(2) Determination of the operational policy and focus themes of Board of Directors and formulation and implementation of annual plans

Based on the evaluation results by Corporate Governance Committee in (1) and the business environment, etc., Board of Directors determines its operational policy and focus themes for the next fiscal year. Board of Directors formulates and implements annual plans based on this operational policy.

The Company continues to improve Board of Directors’ effectiveness by implementing (1) and (2) above on a yearly basis. Corporate Governance Committee has evaluated these initiatives to be the Company’s unique, optimal activities that are both objective and effective. Board of Directors recognizes the Company's initiatives as being more effective than evaluations by third parties.

Initiatives towards improving Board of Directors' effectiveness

Initiatives towards improving Board of Directors' effectiveness

Corporate Governance Initiatives

Since establishing the Management Personnel Advisory Committee (now Personnel Advisory Committee) in 1996, OMRON has spent more than 20 years enhancing its corporate governance system. To achieve sustainable enhancement of corporate value, the Company will continue improving its corporate governance.

Corporate Governance Initiatives