Unilever PLC Annual General Meeting voting results
Unilever PLC shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the 2019 Annual General Meeting in Leatherhead. Voting was by poll on each resolution and the results are set out below.
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, Judith Hartmann, Andrea Jung, Mary Ma, Strive Masiyiwa, Youngme Moon, Graeme Pitkethly, John Rishton and Feike Sijbesma.
Alan Jope and Susan Kilsby were proposed for election for the first time and were duly elected by the shareholders of Unilever PLC. Susan Kilsby’s appointment will take effect from 1 August 2019.
Poll results - Annual General Meeting 2 May 2019
|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 2018||858,831,215||99.34||5,739,348||0.66||864,570,563||73.99%||1,914,082|
|2. To approve the Directors’ Remuneration Report||818,402,509||95.62||37,494,360||4.38||855,896,869||73.25%||10,581,922|
|3. To re-elect Mr N S Andersen as a Director||857,679,790||99.76||2,072,349||0.24||859,752,139||73.58%||6,733,700|
|4. To re-elect Mrs L M Cha as a Director||861,834,871||99.63||3,232,140||0.37||865,067,011||74.03%||1,418,830|
|5.To re-elect Mr V Colao as a Director||835,784,082||98.11||16,126,019||1.89||851,910,101||72.90%||14,575,618|
|6. To re-elect Dr M Dekkers as a Director||836,388,257||96.69||28,665,243||3.31||865,053,500||74.03%||1,432,239|
|7.To re-elect Dr J Hartmann as a Director||839,769,945||97.08||25,275,506||2.92||865,045,451||74.03%||1,440,388|
|8. To re-elect Ms A Jung as a Director||851,049,037||98.44||13,518,783||1.56||864,567,820||73.99%||1,916,848|
|9. To re-elect Ms M Ma as a Director||855,097,363||98.85||9,979,431||1.15||865,076,794||74.03%||1,409,047|
|10. To re-elect Mr S Masiyiwa as a Director||863,812,183||99.86||1,210,425||0.14||865,022,608||74.03%||1,458,474|
|11. To re-elect Professor Y Moon as a Director||823,830,231||95.24||41,209,050||4.76||865,039,281||74.03%||1,446,559|
|12.To re-elect Mr G Pitkethly as a Director||862,903,261||99.75||2,164,902||0.25||865,068,163||74.03%||1,417,677|
|13. To re-elect Mr J Rishton as a Director||861,272,884||99.57||3,751,974||0.43||865,024,858||74.03%||1,461,291|
|14. To re-elect Mr F Sijbesma as a Director||855,703,530||99.52||4,136,808||0.48||859,840,338||73.58%||6,645,902|
|15. To elect Mr A Jope as a Director||864,230,882||99.90||827,747||0.10||865,058,629||74.03%||1,427,612|
|16. To elect Mrs S Kilsby as a Director||847,762,740||98.01||17,197,292||1.99||864,960,032||74.02%||1,425,225|
|17. To reappoint KPMG LLP as Auditors of the Company||863,687,004||99.84||1,404,818||0.16||865,091,822||74.03%||1,394,276|
|18. To authorise the Directors to fix the remuneration of the Auditor||863,361,265||99.80||1,713,573||0.20||865,074,838||74.03%||1,410,741|
|19. To authorise Political Donations and Expenditure||855,380,824||99.33||5,785,978||0.67||861,166,802||73.70%||5,308,668|
|20. To renew the authority to Directors to issue shares||856,934,317||99.04||8,305,531||0.96||865,239,848||74.05%||1,243,624|
|21. To renew the authority to Directors to disapply pre-emption rights||863,184,976||99.80||1,743,721||0.20||864,928,697||74.02%||1,557,055|
|22. To renew the authority to Directors to disapply pre-emption rights for the purposes of acquisitions or capital investments||843,552,366||97.52||21,441,372||2.48||864,993,738||74.02%||1,492,863|
|23. To renew the authority to the Company to purchase its own shares||856,536,699||99.03||8,352,437||0.97||864,889,136||74.02%||1,597,955|
|24. To shorten the Notice period for General Meetings||797,814,612||92.76||62,237,907||7.24||860,052,519||73.60%||6,430,222|
- 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 10.30am on Thursday 2 May 2019 was 1,168,530,650. Unilever PLC does not hold any shares in treasury.
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: http://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM. 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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