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.

Board appointments

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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 AgainstVotes Withheld
1. To receive the Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016852,865,03398.8310,111,3381.17862,976,37167.24%391,164
2. To approve the Directors’ Remuneration Report839,684,04098.1415,895,9641.86855,580,00466.66%7,780,454
3. To approve the Directors’ Remuneration Policy825,768,77495.8335,953,5154.17861,722,28967.14%1,634,396
4. To approve the Unilever Share Plan 2017817,769,50294.8844,151,1725.12861,920,67467.16%1,431,093
5. To re-elect Mr N S Andersen as a Director861,892,78999.91800,6690.09862,693,45867.22%664,427
6. To re-elect Mrs L M Cha as a Director862,075,07899.93632,2930.07862,707,37167.22%648,719
7. To re-elect Mr V Colao as a Director860,764,35899.781,913,1550.22862,677,51367.22%678,578
8. To re-elect Dr M Dekkers as a Director856,629,63199.306,055,5910.70862,685,22267.22%669,281
9. To re-elect Ms A M Fudge as a Director850,568,93798.5912,137,9491.41862,706,88667.22%653,195
10. To re-elect Dr J Hartmann as a Director860,931,37399.801,751,9860.20862,683,35967.22%672,531
11. To re-elect Ms M Ma as a Director861,911,01199.91786,1190.09862,697,13067.22%658,959
12. To re-elect Mr S Masiyiwa as a Director860,714,13599.771,963,4110.23862,677,54667.22%678,363
13. To re-elect Professor Y Moon as a Director861,860,81599.91813,0690.09862,673,88467.21%681,181
14. To re-elect Mr G Pitkethly as a Director860,331,27299.732,349,4240.27862,680,69667.22%662,136
15. To re-elect Mr P Polman as a Director862,104,20499.93601,1620.07862,705,36667.22%643,338
16. To re-elect Mr J Rishton as a Director861,624,15999.881,035,4020.12862,659,56167.21%696,249
17. To re-elect Mr F Sijbesma as a Director861,307,65399.841,364,0360.16862,671,68967.21%684,236
18. To reappoint KPMG LLP as Auditors of the Company862,150,19599.91744,2120.09862,894,40767.23%467,094
19. To authorise the Directors to fix the remuneration of the Auditor861,887,60099.89956,6350.11862,844,23567.23%515,372
20. To authorise Political Donations and Expenditure847,062,83398.7111,078,8421.29858,141,67566.86%5,212,550
21. To renew the authority to Directors to issue shares857,426,85899.395,241,9910.61862,668,84967.21%692,872
22. To renew the authority to Directors to disapply pre-emption rights858,564,51999.563,782,6330.44862,347,15267.19%1,011,915
23. To renew the authority to Directors to disapply pre-emption rights for the purposes of acquisitions or capital investments824,678,71295.6237,765,4464.38862,444,15867.20%915,446
24. To renew the authority to the Company to purchase its own shares852,677,34798.869,804,3271.14862,481,67467.20%874,487
25. To shorten the Notice period for General Meetings779,355,69190.8178,917,2869.19858,272,97766.87%5,083,906


  • 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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