Engaging in business activities globally requires that we respond to the various requests of stakeholders while carefully managing various risks. Taking into account these perspectives, Nikon is working to strengthen governance and striving to enhance corporate value.
The Nikon Approach
I believe that growing interest in society toward companies' ESG will rigorously call into question the sustainability efforts of companies. To achieve sustainability management, it is critical that constant checks be performed to make sure that governance, the key to this management, is functioning effectively and appropriately. With this in mind, Nikon has made a number of changes, including transitioning to company with an Audit and Supervisory Committee and increasing the number of External Directors to more than one-third of the Board. Taking into account the results of the evaluation of the effectiveness of the Board of Directors conducted by a third-party organization in the year ended March 31, 2018, we will work on issues such as whether to establish a voluntary nominating committee. Nikon is committed to steadily enhancing governance going forward.
Main initiatives and results in the year ended March 31, 2018
Evaluation of Board Effectiveness for Enhancing its Functions
Nikon asked a third-party organization to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of its Board of Directors in order to further improve its functions. The findings indicated that significant improvements have been made following discussions of the “restructuring”, and while appropriate supervising functions are being fulfilled, the governance system needs to be further strengthened. Nikon plans on implementing measures to further enhance board effectiveness going forward.
Distribution of Information Security Request Card to Business Partners
We are aware that our indifference to our business partners' information management could lead to serious information security risks, as we may disclose our information to them. Thus, in the year ended March 31, 2018, we distributed around 1,100 handy cards requesting for ensuring information security to the related partner's workers to some 100 partners working on behalf of the Nikon Group.
Nikon Sustainability Report
For more details, please see the Nikon Sustainability Report.
In cooperation with the international community, Nikon conducts control of EXPORT.