Corporate Governance at ORIX

Approach to Corporate Governance

  • ORIX believes that a robust corporate governance system is essential for ensuring objective management and carrying out appropriate business activities in line with its core policies. We have therefore established a sound and transparent corporate governance system.
  • Corporate governance is a system for management oversight. It involves setting management objectives for managers, performance analysis and evaluation, and supervision in order to ensure that management strives to attain outstanding results. The tension inherent in corporate governance encourages management to perform to the best of its ability and facilitates innovation in pursuit of corporate objectives. Such an approach is conducive to the achievement of consistently high ROE.
  • Outside Directors have a crucial role to play in corporate governance. From various perspectives reflecting their diverse professional backgrounds, Outside Directors are able to objectively evaluate management’s performance in ways that transcend the industry’s conventional wisdom and the company’s ingrained practices. Moreover, by virtue of their external perspectives, Outside Directors are in the position to objectively evaluate the risk of management not taking adequate levels of risk.
  • ORIX’s corporate governance system is characterized by:
    ・separation of operation and oversight through a “Company with Nominating Committee, etc.” board model;
    ・a majority of the members of the Nomination Committee are Outside Directors and all members of the Audit and Compensation Committees are Outside Directors; The chairperson for each committee is appointed from among the Outside Directors;
    ・all Outside Directors satisfying strict conditions for independence; and
    ・all Outside Directors being highly qualified in their respective fields.

ORIX’s Vision of Corporate Governance

Evolution of Corporate Governance

1964:Adopted U.S. GAAP
1970:Listed on the second section of the Osaka Securities Exchange
1997:Established Advisory Board
1998:Introduced Corporate Executive Officer System and listed on the New York Stock Exchange
2003:Adopted the “Company with Committees” board model*

This is how ORIX has been strengthening its management oversight since its founding. The current corporate governance framework requires a high level of discipline from the managers, but we believe this is how corporate governance is supposed to be.

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