To allow a greater number of the shareholders to attend, the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders is scheduled on off-peak days when meetings of many other companies are not concentrated.
A system for executing voting rights through the Internet has been in place since 2002 (the year the 22nd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders was held).
The Company has participated in the Electronic Voting Platform*1 for institutional and foreign investors since the start of the service in 2006 (the 26th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders).
The Company prepares an English translation of the full text of its Notice of Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. The notice is available on the websites of the Company and the Tokyo Stock Exchange from the day on which they are sent out by post.
At the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, the Company uses video footage to report on its operations to help shareholders to better understand management performance and the status of its businesses. Moreover, the chairman and CEO, who chairs the meeting, explains the Group's corporate philosophy and vision, as well as its medium- and long-term business strategy in addition to reporting on legally mandated items.
Moreover, in 2012 (the year of the 32nd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders), the Company renewed its Notice of the General Meeting of Shareholders. The new notice is combined with the “Report to shareholders (spring/summer issue)” that used to be sent out after the meeting in previous years, in order to provide shareholders with a greater volume of information to use in exercising their voting rights. Other improvements to the notice in 2012 included charts and color photographs, and use of a larger font size to facilitate easy reading.
The voting results for proposals at the General Meeting of Shareholders are posted in an Extraordinary Report on EDINET, as well as being posted in both Japanese and English on the Company's website.
The Annual General Meeting of Shareholders is streamed in real time on the Company's website and on Ustream. After the meeting, the Company publishes a video of the meeting on its website.
The Company's policy for IR Activities can be viewed on the Company's website. The webpage titled “IR Activities” shows the basic policy for disclosure, disclosure standards, and methods. The page also lists measures to improve communications and the quiet periods for IR activities. For the details please refer to the Company's website:
The Company is vigorously working on IR activities targeting individual investors. Investor Relations Department staffs hold briefing sessions at branches of securities companies and other venues in Japan. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, 16 sessions were held in total.
On the days when quarterly earnings results are announced, the Company holds earnings results briefings for analysts, institutional investors, and the media. The chairman and CEO delivers an overview of the earnings results and explains the Company's business strategy.
In principle, the Company holds earnings results briefings for securities analysts, institutional investors, and financial institutions on the days following the announcements of quarterly earnings results. At these meetings, the results are explained in detail.
To help investors to better understand the Group's businesses, the Company holds business briefings at its discretion.
The Company's representatives visit institutional investors in Europe, the U.S.A., and Asia to explain its business and financial strategies. They also participate in conferences held by securities companies overseas to give presentations about the Company's business strategies.
On the days when quarterly earnings results are announced, the Company conducts a conference call for institutional investors overseas. The chairman and CEO delivers an overview of the earnings results and explains the Company's business strategy.
The Company's website provides streaming of earnings results briefings dubbed in English in real time. Videos of the earnings results briefing and the analysts briefings dubbed in English are also made available to the public.
The following IR materials are posted on the Company's website. Items (a) through (g) are available in both Japanese and English.
For the details of each material please refer to the Company's website:
The Company has established an Investor Relations Department to handle IR and has appointed the general manager of the department as a person in charge of the handling of information. As of submission date of this report (June 22, 2012), 12 people in the department were engaged in IR activities.
Earnings results briefings are streamed live through Ustream as well as on the Company's website, and the content of presentation is posted on Twitter sequentially.
The Company aims to grow together with customers, shareholders, employees, business partners, society and all other stakeholders by actively contributing to society through its businesses. This is stipulated in the SoftBank Group CSR Principles. For details on the SoftBank Group CSR Principles, please refer to the following link:
Under the SoftBank Group CSR Principles, each Group company is engaged in CSR activities that leverage the nature and scope of their respective businesses. For the details of each material please refer to the Company's website:
The Company strives to ensure timely and appropriate disclosure of information according to the statutory disclosure requirements based on the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act and other relevant acts and ordinances, and as required by the Rules on Timely Disclosure and so forth set by the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The Company also discloses critical information that is not subject to either statutory disclosure or timely disclosure requirements but could potentially affect investment decisions. This information is disclosed in a fair and prompt manner so as to give all the stakeholders equal access to it. The Company also works to promote information disclosure to stakeholders through its annual reports, website, reports to shareholders and other means. Most of these materials, with a few exceptions, are made available both in Japanese and English to narrow the information gap between disclosure in Japanese and English.