Santen believes that it is vital to upgrade and strengthen corporate governance systems in order to achieve and enhance corporate value, and thus returns to shareholders.
Santen has adopted a ďCompany with Board of Company AuditorsĒ system as defined in Japanís Companies Act. Santen will continuously be working to upgrade and strengthen corporate governance by making the most of the current system.
First, the function of the Board of Directors is to make decisions concerning the vital execution of the business as well as to monitor the execution of the business by the management and Directors. Santen will operate with a focus on swift and appropriate managerial decision-making.
Santen expects its Outside Directors to be actively involved in the Board of Directors in decision making on individual managerial issues, taking advantage of their wide range of experience and knowledge. Santen will also ask for their opinions from the view of strengthening the function of monitoring Santenís management.
Furthermore, Santen has taken some specific steps such as establishing the Corporate Strategy Committee, the Nominating Committee and the Executive Compensation Committee, which are all voluntary committees made up of Inside and Outside Directors, and introducing a corporate officer system to strengthen management and improve the speed of business execution. Santen will go forward with the aim of improving management transparency and objectivity.
Corporate Auditors audit the Board of Directors and executive sections by utilizing the Corporate Auditorís Group or collaborating with the Internal Auditing Group, bringing into view not only the legality but also the appropriateness and effectiveness of the performance of their duties, and Santen will endeavor to strengthen their function.
In addition to various statutory functions, the board of directors formulates management policies, strategies, and business plans for the Santen Group. The board of directors makes decisions relating to the acquisition or disposal of major financial assets and important organizational or personnel-related matters, as well as oversees the conduct of business at Santen and its subsidiaries. To further strengthen the corporate governance system by improving management transparency and objectivity, Santen has established three deliberative committees comprising inside and outside directors. In addition, we have adopted a corporate officers' system to reinforce the management of, and improve the speed of business operations.
Santen has adopted a governance system using corporate auditors. Santen will continue to further heighten the effectiveness and efficiency of this auditing system in collaboration with internal audit divisions. The board of corporate auditors consists of four members, including outside auditors. Corporate auditors formulate auditing policies and plans as well as attend meetings of the board of directors and other important meetings. In addition, corporate auditors oversee the execution of duties by directors through auditing the operational and financial status of Santen's headquarters, major operating sites, and subsidiaries.