(As of September 2017)
Sharp’s business philosophy contains a statement of “Our future prosperity is directly linked to the prosperity of our customers, dealers and shareholders...indeed, the entire Sharp family.” Under this philosophy, Sharp’s basic concept concerning corporate governance is to maximize corporate value through swift and accurate management that preserves transparency, objectivity and soundness.
Based on this stance, Sharp appoints outside directors who have deep insight and various experiences in the fields of social and economic trends, management, and so forth. In doing so, we strive to strengthen the decision-making functions within the Board of Directors and the functions for supervising directors’ execution of duties.
Sharp has changed to the company with audit and supervisory committee, effective from June 20, 2017, in order to strengthen the supervisory function, and improve the agility of the decision making, further, regarding the Board of Directors.
With regard to the business execution, Sharp separates the supervision / decision-making function and business execution function through the introduction of Executive Officers System, and has established a system that can steadily make quick and efficient business executions. Also, Sharp has organized the business structure by taking “company split-up management way” to clarify the profit responsibility of each Business Unit, by which we have been strengthening the individual business and those operations. And, Sharp has been well controlling those by President’s Office and Corporate Strategic Planning and Control Group, which belong to the Headquarters organization.
Sharp has set up “Basic Policy for Corporate Governance,” based on the basic concept of the above.
Status of Corporate Governance System
Sharp’s corporate governance system comprises the Board of Directors, supervising directors’ execution of duties, and the Audit & Supervisory Committee, auditing the business executions of directors, together with Executive Officers System which divides the supervisory and decision-making functions from the business execution functions. Also, Sharp will continue flexibly to respond to the changes in the business environment and work on building an optimal corporate governance system.
The Board of Directors Meetings of Sharp Corporation are held on a monthly basis in principle to make decisions on matters stipulated by law and management-related matters of importance, and to supervise the state of business execution. Also, the Company has the Internal Control Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Nominating Committee, as advisory bodies to the Board of Directors.
In addition to the Board of Directors, the Company has the Executive Management Committee, whose members are executive officers, where matters of importance related to corporate management and business operation are discussed and reported at appropriate and timely occations. This committee facilitates prompt executive decision making.
The Audit & Supervisory Committee is composed of three directors as the members of Audit & Supervisory Committee, and two of them are independent outside directors with high level’s professional knowledge. The Audit & Supervisory Committee members meets regularly with the representative directors, the directors, the accounting auditors, the head of the Internal Audit Unit and others to exchange opinions and work to ensure that business is executed legally, appropriately and efficiently.
Sharp has set up “Standards for Independence of Outside Directors,” to judge the independence of outside directors and outside corporate auditors.