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Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Our AGM is held in September 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.

2018 AGM

The 2018 AGM of Diageo plc was held at 2.30 pm on Thursday, 20 September 2018 at The Mermaid Conference & Events Centre, Puddle Dock, Blackfriars, London EC4V 3DB.

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

 

VOTES FOR

%

VOTES AGAINST

%

VOTES WITHHELD

1) Report and accounts 2018

1,921,702,371

99.26

14,340,943

0.74

15,977,824

2) Directors’ remuneration report 2018

1,873,234,182

96.54

67,057,068

3.46

11,728,553

3) Declaration of final dividend

1,950,731,576

99.97

532,970

0.03

756,593

4) Election of SS Kilsby as a director

1,896,667,650

99.23

14,647,558

0.77

40,705,932

5) Re-election of Lord Davies as a director

1,927,087,124

98.79

23,515,072

1.21

1,418,548

6) Re-election of J Ferrán as a director

1,937,094,077

99.29

13,936,984

0.71

988,749

7) Re-election of Ho KwonPing as a director

1,787,202,926

92.41

146,729,564

7.59

18,088,649

8) Re-election of NS Mendelsohn as a director

1,931,185,325

98.98

19,835,169

1.02

1,000,646

9) Re-election of IM Menezes as a director

1,943,554,110

99.62

7,471,547

0.38

995,484

10) Re-election of KA Mikells as a director

1,924,991,302

98.67

26,043,758

1.33

986,081

11) Re-election of AJH Stewart as a director

1,929,694,565

99.53

9,087,155

0.47

13,239,024

12) Re-appointment of auditor

1,946,977,057

99.78

4,326,823

0.22

717,261

13) Remuneration of auditor

1,944,541,028

99.66

6,627,374

0.34

852,738

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

1,889,327,460

97.26

53,152,373

2.74

9,541,307

15) Authority to allot shares

1,929,486,704

98.91

21,177,808

1.09

1,356,243

16) Disapplication of pre-emption rights*

1,943,050,599

99.64

6,950,565

0.36

2,015,451

17) Authority to purchase own shares*

1,928,899,479

98.96

20,318,136

1.04

2,802,790

18) Adoption of new articles of association*

1,920,473,056

98.95

20,463,096

1.05

11,084,589

19) Notice of a general meeting*

1,816,091,673

93.46

127,123,986

6.54

8,805,083

* Special Resolution.

Download 2018 AGM Docs

Notice of meeting

Shareholder information

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.