Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Our AGM is held in September/October each year and gives shareholders the opportunity to vote on various company matters, either by attending the meeting and voting in person or by sending in a proxy vote (to be used for a polled vote) in hard copy or electronic form.

If you attend the AGM, you have the opportunity to put questions to the Board of Directors and to speak to individual directors personally after the meeting. If you are unable to attend, or if you have any questions you wish to put to any of the directors during the course of the year, you may write to the company.

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As an ordinary shareholder you are entitled to attend, speak and vote at general meetings of the company. As an ADR holder (American Depository Receipt) you are entitled to vote by proxy which is then exercised on your behalf by the depositary bank, Citibank.

Holders of Diageo ADRs will receive voting materials and have the sole right to vote the ordinary shares of Diageo represented by their ADRs, which are held by Citibank. The proxy votes received by the return-by date are then exercised through Citibank. To be eligible to vote, ADR holders must be on the Register on the AGM record date.

The company is required by law to hold a general meeting of shareholders each year. If an important matter requiring shareholder approval cannot wait until the next AGM, the company will call a General Meeting.

2021 AGM

The 2021 AGM of Diageo plc was held at 2.30 pm on Thursday, 30 September 2021 at etc.venues St Paul’s, 200 Aldersgate, London EC1A 4HD.

All resolutions were voted on by way of poll and were passed. The total number of votes received on each resolution is as follows:

 

 

VOTES FOR

% FOR

VOTES AGAINST

% AGAINST

VOTES WITHHELD

1)       

Report and accounts 2021

1,744,473,475

99.81

3,272,009

0.19

5,683,139

2)       

Directors’ remuneration report 2021

1,661,293,734

96.04

68,483,076

3.96

23,650,135

3)       

Declaration of final dividend

1,749,775,174

99.82

3,194,816

0.18

434,525

4)       

Election of Lavanya Chandrashekar as a director

1,749,008,414

99.79

3,672,609

0.21

648,938

5)       

Election of Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet as a director

1,749,671,363

99.90

1,775,357

0.10

1,879,449

6)       

Election of Sir John Manzoni as a director

1,749,494,008

99.89

1,902,528

0.11

1,912,261

7)       

Election of Ireena Vittal as a director

1,491,809,494

93.04

111,615,760

6.96

149,882,366

8)       

Re-election of Melissa Bethell as a director

1,746,853,982

99.74

4,587,190

0.26

1,866,405

9)       

Re-election of Javier Ferràn as a director

1,742,259,593

99.48

9,157,035

0.52

1,877,409

10)     

Re-election of Susan Kilsby as a director

1,666,851,846

95.17

84,525,765

4.83

1,879,485

11)     

Re-election of Lady Mendelsohn as a director

1,749,495,412

99.89

1,887,429

0.11

1,893,536

12)     

Re-election of Ivan Menezes as a director

1,751,542,776

99.95

892,147

0.05

645,104

13)     

Re-election of Alan Stewart as a director

1,749,646,201

99.90

1,728,328

0.10

1,882,052

14)     

Re-appointment of auditor

1,742,879,604

99.43

9,956,533

0.57

530,634

15)     

Remuneration of auditor

1,750,303,428

99.86

2,409,690

0.14

591,966

16)     

Authority to make political donations and/or to incur political expenditure

1,680,953,677

97.34

45,979,318

2.66

26,519,144

17)     

Authority to allot shares

1,663,055,573

96.83

54,522,624

3.17

35,767,516

18)     

Disapplication of pre-emption rights*

1,685,837,432

98.39

27,667,078

1.61

39,788,572

19)     

Authority to purchase own ordinary shares*

1,725,162,526

98.62

24,071,769

1.38

4,129,263

20)     

Reduced notice of a general meeting other than an AGM*

1,581,026,394

91.47

147,380,203

8.53

24,964,149

*Special Resolution

Download the 2021 AGM documents

Notice of meeting

General Meeting

The company will call a General Meeting if an important matter requiring shareholder approval cannot wait until the next AGM.

For example, an EGM was held on 2 October 2000 to enable shareholders to vote on the proposed disposal of Pillsbury to General Mills, Inc.