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Unilever PLC AGM 2017 voting results

Unilever PLC shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the 2017 Annual General Meeting in London. Voting was by poll on each resolution and the results are set out below.

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Board appointments

The following directors stood for re-election and were duly re-elected by the shareholders of Unilever PLC: Nils Andersen, Laura Cha, Vittorio Colao, Marijn Dekkers, Ann Fudge, Judith Hartmann, Mary Ma, Strive Masiyiwa, Youngme Moon, Graeme Pitkethly, Paul Polman, John Rishton and Feike Sijbesma.

Each proposed candidate for re-election was also proposed and all resolutions were passed approving his or her appointment as an Executive or Non-Executive Director at the Unilever N.V. AGM on 26 April 2017.

Louise Fresco retired as a Non-Executive Director at the close of the Unilever PLC Annual General Meeting.

Poll results - Annual General Meeting 27 April 2017

Total Votes For

%

Total Votes Against

%

Total Votes Cast

% Of Share Capital Validly Cast Voted For And Against

Votes Withheld

1. To receive the Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016

852,865,033

98.83

10,111,338

1.17

862,976,371

67.24%

391,164

2. To approve the Directors’ Remuneration Report

839,684,040

98.14

15,895,964

1.86

855,580,004

66.66%

7,780,454

3. To approve the Directors’ Remuneration Policy

825,768,774

95.83

35,953,515

4.17

861,722,289

67.14%

1,634,396

4. To approve the Unilever Share Plan 2017

817,769,502

94.88

44,151,172

5.12

861,920,674

67.16%

1,431,093

5. To re-elect Mr N S Andersen as a Director

861,892,789

99.91

800,669

0.09

862,693,458

67.22%

664,427

6. To re-elect Mrs L M Cha as a Director

862,075,078

99.93

632,293

0.07

862,707,371

67.22%

648,719

7. To re-elect Mr V Colao as a Director

860,764,358

99.78

1,913,155

0.22

862,677,513

67.22%

678,578

8. To re-elect Dr M Dekkers as a Director

856,629,631

99.30

6,055,591

0.70

862,685,222

67.22%

669,281

9. To re-elect Ms A M Fudge as a Director

850,568,937

98.59

12,137,949

1.41

862,706,886

67.22%

653,195

10. To re-elect Dr J Hartmann as a Director


860,931,373

99.80

1,751,986

0.20

862,683,359

67.22%

672,531

11. To re-elect Ms M Ma as a Director

861,911,011

99.91

786,119

0.09

862,697,130

67.22%

658,959

12. To re-elect Mr S Masiyiwa as a Director

860,714,135

99.77

1,963,411

0.23

862,677,546

67.22%

678,363

13. To re-elect Professor Y Moon as a Director

861,860,815

99.91

813,069

0.09

862,673,884

67.21%

681,181

14. To re-elect Mr G Pitkethly as a Director

860,331,272

99.73

2,349,424

0.27

862,680,696

67.22%

662,136

15. To re-elect Mr P Polman as a Director

862,104,204

99.93

601,162

0.07

862,705,366

67.22%

643,338

16. To re-elect Mr J Rishton as a Director

861,624,159

99.88

1,035,402

0.12

862,659,561

67.21%

696,249

17. To re-elect Mr F Sijbesma as a Director

861,307,653

99.84

1,364,036

0.16

862,671,689

67.21%

684,236

18. To reappoint KPMG LLP as Auditors of the Company

862,150,195

99.91

744,212

0.09

862,894,407

67.23%

467,094

19. To authorise the Directors to fix the remuneration of the Auditor

861,887,600

99.89

956,635

0.11

862,844,235

67.23%

515,372

20. To authorise Political Donations and Expenditure

847,062,833

98.71

11,078,842

1.29

858,141,675

66.86%

5,212,550

21. To renew the authority to Directors to issue shares

857,426,858

99.39

5,241,991

0.61

862,668,849

67.21%

692,872

22. To renew the authority to Directors to disapply pre-emption rights

858,564,519

99.56

3,782,633

0.44

862,347,152

67.19%

1,011,915

23. To renew the authority to Directors to disapply pre-emption rights for the purposes of acquisitions or capital investments

824,678,712

95.62

37,765,446

4.38

862,444,158

67.20%

915,446

24. To renew the authority to the Company to purchase its own shares

852,677,347

98.86

9,804,327

1.14

862,481,674

67.20%

874,487

25. To shorten the Notice period for General Meetings

779,355,691

90.81

78,917,286

9.19

858,272,977

66.87%

5,083,906


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Notes

  • The ‘For’ vote includes votes given at the Chairman’s discretion and details of proxy votes cast are included to in the table above.
  • The total number of Unilever PLC Ordinary shares with voting rights in issue at 10.00am on Thursday 27 April 2017 was 1,283,459,367. 26,696,994 Ordinary shares are held in treasury and do not have voting rights attached.

A ‘Vote withheld’ is not a vote in law and will not be counted in the calculation of the proportion of the votes ‘for’ and ‘against’ a resolution.

In accordance with Listing Rule 9.6.2 copies of all the resolutions passed, other than ordinary business, will be submitted to and available for inspection at the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at: www.Hemscott.com/nsm.do A copy of the resolutions can also be found in the Chairman’s Letter and Notice of Meeting which is available on our website: www.unilever.com/AGM


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