The Story of Sakichi Toyoda
Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of Toyota Industries Corporation, possessed a strong ambition to contribute to society from his days as a youth. He had devoted his 63-year-long life to invention.
Toyota Industries strives to enhance the long-term stability of its corporate value and maintains society's trust by earnestly fulfilling its social responsibilities in accordance with its Basic Philosophy.
To that end, Toyota Industries strives to further enhance its corporate governance in its efforts to maintain and improve management efficiency and the fairness and transparency of its corporate activities.
Toyota Industries convenes monthly meetings of the Board of Directors to resolve important management matters and monitor the execution of duties by directors. We also appoint outside directors who have a wealth of experience and knowledge concerning business management. They attend meetings of the Board of Directors and give opinions and ask questions as deemed necessary. Through this supervisory function of outside directors, we ensure the legality and validity of the Board's decisions as well as directors' execution of duties from an objective perspective. The Management Committee, which is composed of directors above the executive vice president level as well as relevant managing officers and audit & supervisory board members, deliberates on a variety of issues concerning important management matters such as our corporate vision, management policies, medium-term business strategies and major investments. Toyota Industries has a divisional organization system, with significant authority delegated to each business division. For especially crucial matters, however, we have established the Business Operation Committee to enable the president to meet with the heads of each business division regularly to monitor and follow the status of their business execution. At meetings of the Management Council, directors, managing officers and audit & supervisory board members convene to report and confirm the monthly status of business operations and share overall deliberations at Board of Directors meetings and other management-related information. In addition, issues pertaining to human resources, quality, production, procurement and technologies are discussed at the responding functional meetings. We have also put in place committees to deliberate on more specific matters, such as CSR, the environment and export transaction controls. These functional meetings and committees discuss important matters and action themes in respective areas.
In addition, issues pertaining to human resources, quality, production, procurement, and technologies are discussed at the corresponding functional meetings. We have also put in place committees to deliberate on more specific matters, such as CSR, the environment, and export transaction controls. These functional meetings and committees discuss important matters and action themes in respective areas.
Overview of the Corporate Governance System
Toyota Industries has adopted an audit & supervisory board system. Two full-time audit & supervisory board members and three outside audit & supervisory board members attend meetings of the Board of Directors to monitor the execution of duties by directors. At the same time, meetings of the Audit & Supervisory Board are held once a month to discuss and make decisions on important matters related to auditing. The full-time audit & supervisory board members carry out auditing by attending primary meetings and receiving reports directly from directors. Additionally, we have assigned dedicated personnel, while audit & supervisory board members monitor the legality and efficiency of management through collaboration with independent auditors and the Audit Department.
As a publicly listed company, Toyota Industries strives to ensure the fairness and transparency of management. Following the Securities Listing Regulations stipulated by the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Nagoya Stock Exchange, respectively, to further enhance our corporate governance Toyota Industries has appointed as independent members of management two outside directors and two outside audit & supervisory board members who are deemed to have no conflicts of interest with our shareholders.