Corporate Governance

For HOYA, corporate governance is a matter of utmost importance to management. Based on its fundamental philosophy that “companies should be fair to their stakeholders,” HOYA conducts its corporate management with the goal of maximizing corporate value. To ensure it does not operate according only to internal thinking on management, our articles of incorporation stipulate that over half of directors be independent directors in June 2003, and from the viewpoint of increasing corporate value objectively and comprehensively, independent directors actively supervise and offer advice to the executive officers in the execution of their managerial duties. Also, by giving executive officers authority and responsibility in executing their duties, we accelerate decision-making and increase management efficiencies.

HOYA has established HOYA Corporate Governance Guidelines at the board meeting, and revises it to enhance corporate governance structure and to introduce better governance systems.

Articles of Incorporation ( 99KB)

Regulations of the Board of Directors ( 44KB)

HOYA Corporate Governance Guidelines ( 66KB)

Corporate Governance Report ( 853KB)

Corporate Governance Systems

HOYA employs a “company-with-nomination committees” management system, which was created as a result of a legislative amendment. Under the “company-with-nomination committees” management system, by giving executive officers authority to manage business, business decision makings are accelerated. At the same time, three committees - the Nomination Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Audit Committee - were established, with a majority of the members being independent directors (at HOYA, the committees are composed exclusively of independent directors), to ensure the effectiveness of management supervision by the Board of Directors. Adopting the “company-with-nomination committees” management system enables us to clearly separate the execution and supervision of corporate management, whereas this was not possible with the previous “company-with-auditors” system. Through this system, we aim to ensure efficient management and improve the overall soundness and transparency of management.

<Governance Structure>

Governance Structure

The Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors comprises six independent directors and one internal director, for a total of seven directors. The Board holds 10 regular board meetings per year. At meetings, independent directors draw on their ample management experience and international perspectives to supervise and offer advice to the executive officers in the execution of their duties from a wide range of viewpoints. Also at the meetings, besides approving major business plans, a detailed information is provided to independent directors though means such as presentations by division managers regarding products and the competitive environment.

Executive Officers

At HOYA, candidates for Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Executive Officer, Chief Legal Officer (CLO) and Head of Corporate Development and Affairs, Executive Officer in Charge of Information Technology and Chief Technology Officer (CTO); are nominated by the Nomination Committee and appointed at the Board Meeting (CEO serves concurrently as an internal director.) They manage business execution of the HOYA Group according to the mission designated by the Board of Directors and decision makings are made promptly. In regards to day-to-day business operations in each business, significant power is delegated to each division managers and executive officers direct division managers to create and execute specific measures based on a business policy decided at a board meeting. At the monthly business reporting meetings, division managers report to executive officers about the progress of their respective operations.


As internal organizations of the Board of Directors, we have the Nomination Committee, Compensation Committee and Audit Committee; each of which is composed exclusively of independent directors.

Nomination Committee

The Nomination Committee selects candidates for directors in accordance with selection standards, and submits nominations to the General Meeting of Shareholders for approval. Also, the committee selects candidates for executive officers and representative executive officer and submits nominations to the Board of Directors for approval. When necessary, the Nomination Committee refers proposals to relieve directors of their posts to the General Meeting of Shareholders, and refers proposals to relieve executive officers of their posts to the Board of Directors.

Our Nomination Committee has set standards for selecting candidates for directors, and the outline of the selection standards are as follows:

Those with appropriate personalities and insights as director and with no health problems in performing their duties. With regards to internal director candidates, they must have a high level of knowledge in our business, excellent business decision-making ability and business execution ability.
Regarding candidates for independent directors, they must have extensive experience as business managers or be in positions as professionals in law, accounting, finance or similar fields. They must not have significant interests in the HOYA Group, be able to maintain their independence and participate in at least 75% of HOYA Group´s board meetings.

To ensure the independence of candidates for independent directors, candidates must not fall under any of the categories below.

<Those related to the HOYA Group>

Those who previously worked for the HOYA Group.
Those who have a family member (spouse, child or blood relatives or in-laws up to the second degree) who have held the position of a director, executive officer, corporate auditor or management employee in the past 5 years.

<Major shareholders>

Those who are major shareholders (10% or more) of the HOYA Group, or who are directors, executive officers, auditors or employees of companies which are major shareholders. Or those whose family members are the executive officers of such companies.
Those who are administering a company of which a major shareholder is the HOYA Group.
<Those related to a big business partner>
Those who are operating officers, executive officers or employees of HOYA Group´s important clients who make up 2% or more of HOYA' s consolidated sales in the past 3 years; or if the HOYA Group is an important client who makes up 2% or more of the consolidated sales of the candidate's enterprise group in the past 3 years. Or those whose family members are the executive officers of such companies.

<Those who provide professional services (lawyers, chartered accountants, certified tax accountants, patent attorneys, judicial scriveners and those in similar professions)>

Those who have received remuneration of 5 million yen or more per year from the HOYA Group in the past three years. Or those whose family member received remuneration of 5 million yen or more per year from the HOYA Group.
When the organization that the candidate belongs to, such as a company, association, etc., has received cash, etc. from the HOYA Group, of which amount exceeds whichever larger, 100 million yen per year or 2% of consolidated sales of the said companies and such.
<Donation, etc.>
When the association or organization which the candidate belongs to as chairman or operating officer has received donations or grants from the HOYA Group in the past three years, of which the amount exceeds whichever is larger, 10 million yen per year or 30% of the said organization’s average annual total costs. Or when the association or organization to which the candidate’s family member belongs to has received donations or grants equivalent to the aforementioned amount.
<Other categories>
When directors are mutually assumed between HOYA and other companies or organizations.
If the candidate’s company has any other important interests within the HOYA Group.
Compensation Committee

The Compensation Committee prepares a remuneration philosophy and system that incentivizes directors and executive officers. The objective is to contribute to improved financial performance for HOYA, by undertaking appropriate evaluations of results. The Compensation Committee decides on a remuneration package for each director and executive officer in accordance with the following policies: 

•Policy on compensation for directors
The remuneration package for each director includes a fixed salary and stock options. The fixed salary comprises a basic salary and remuneration as a committee member or chairperson of the three committees; the Nomination Committee, Compensation Committee and Audit Committee; and is set appropriately based on consideration of factors such as our business conditions and industrial average data obtained from a third party compensation consultants.

•Policy on compensation for executive officers
The remuneration package for each executive officer includes a fixed salary, performance-based remuneration and stock options. The fixed salary is set appropriately according to the position and duties of each executive officer (such as representative executive officer, Chief Operating Officer) based on consideration of factors such as our business conditions and industrial average data obtained from the third party compensation consultants. Performance -based remuneration is decided based on business results (Achievement of plan for sales, current operating profit, current net profit and current net profit per share ~ 80% weighting) and measures (Achievement of business measures set at the beginning of the financial year ~ 20% weighting). The standard remuneration package comprises 50% fixed salary and 50% performance-based remuneration and performance-based remuneration may vary significantly according to our business results.

•Stock options
Stock options for directors and executive officers are discussed at the Compensation Committee based on our business results and individual evaluation and are resolved at a board meeting.

We abolished retirement allowances for directors and executive officers in 2003 since such allowances had been paid customary to reward long-term service and unrelated to the company´s business results or to shareholders interest.

Total amount of remuneration, etc. of Directors and Executive Officers for the fiscal year ended March 2018.

(million yen)
Classification Number of payees Total amount of remuneration, etc. Total amount of remuneration by type
Fixed salary Performance based remuneration Stock option
Directors Independent 5 73 51 - 23
Internal 1 8 8 - -
Total 6 82 59 - 23
Executive Officers   5 556 268 210 79
Total   10 638 326 210 102
Note 1. At the end of the fiscal year, there were six Directors and five Executive Officers. One of the five Executive Officers served concurrently as Internal Director.
Note 2. Fixed salary for Executive Officers includes oversea Executive Officer’s benefit as expatriate of 104 million yen.
Note 3. For the stock options, fair values of stock acquisition rights were calculated and the table above shows amounts to be recorded as expenses for the fiscal year.
Note 4. Separate from the above, the company is paying 77 million yen as remuneration for one officer as director of a subsidiary.
Audit Committee

The Audit Committee, which is comprised of 6 independent directors, formulates the audit policies and audit plans for each fiscal year, and verifies financial statements, etc. based on the quarterly reports, the year-end reports and the reports in a timely received from the Independent Auditor according to such policies and plans. It also interviews the Audit Department and the Internal Audit Division to obtain the results of operational audits, and verifies the soundness, legality, efficiency, etc. of management. All important matters are reported to the Board of Directors, and countermeasures are taken as necessary.

The Company and its independent directors have concluded an agreement that limits possible future liabilities of the latter prescribed in the first paragraph, Article 423 of the Companies Act to the higher of a prefixed amount exceeding 10 million yen or the amount prescribed by the Act.

Full Disclosure and Investor Relations Activities

HOYA considers fair and prompt disclosure of information to be a fundamental duty of management. The Company also values communication with shareholders, and it continues to clearly reflect their views in its management practices. Top management is actively involved in investor relations activities, for example, the CEO attends quarterly investor meetings to explain results and answer questions from securities analysts and institutional investors.

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