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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.

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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.

2017 AGM

The 2017 Diageo AGM was held at 2.30 pm on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 at The Mermaid Conference & Events Centre, Puddle Dock, Blackfriars, London EC4V 3DB.

The company's issued share capital at the latest practicable time before the date on which notice of meeting was given ('the Latest Practicable Date') was 2,754,467,515 Ordinary Shares carrying one vote each, excluding any Ordinary Shares held as treasury shares. As at the Latest Practicable Date, the company held 236,734,257 treasury shares representing 10% of the company's issued share capital (excluding treasury shares).

As at the Latest Practicable Date the total number of voting rights in the company was, therefore 2,517,733,258.

 

VOTES FOR

%*

VOTES AGAINST

%*

VOTES WITHHELD**

1) Report and Accounts

1,958,571,162

99.70

5,794,986

0.30

18,441,398

2) Directors’ Remuneration Report

1,915,370,899

97.22

54,745,724

2.78

12,690,154

3) Directors’ Remuneration Policy

1,905,251,510

96.19

75,507,013

3.81

2,048,247

4) Final Dividend

1,981,742,644

99.99

273,999

0.01

789,981

5) Re-election of PB Bruzelius

1,973,532,772

99.89

2,220,707

0.11

7,053,145

6) Re-election of Lord Davies

1,967,235,676

99.57

8,519,122

0.43

7,051,833

7) Re-election of J Ferrán

1,964,253,132

99.12

17,526,131

0.88

1,027,368

8) Re-election of Ho KwonPing

1,854,107,434

93.98

118,831,276

6.02

9,867,921

9) Re-election of BD Holden

1,979,083,549

99.86

2,755,067

0.14

968,015

10) Re-election of NS Mendelsohn

1,980,445,358

99.94

1,215,260

0.06

1,146,013

11) Re-election of IM Menezes

1,980,941,490

99.96

863,949

0.04

1,001,192

12) Re-election of KA Mikells

1,964,648,715

99.14

17,130,099

0.86

1,027,817

13) Re-election of AJH Stewart

1,979,524,219

99.89

2,258,443

0.11

1,023,969

14) Re-appointment of Auditor

1,965,261,038

99.15

16,784,488

0.85

761,105

15) Remuneration of auditor

1,967,388,727

99.27

14,505,656

0.73

911,971

16) Authority to allot shares

1,954,361,007

98.64

27,040,866

1.36

1,404,750

17) Disapplication of pre-emption rights

1,964,232,954

99.15

16,782,975

0.85

1,787,548

18) Authority to purchase own ordinary shares

1,951,867,737

98.59

27,914,923

1.41

3,023,964

19) Authority to make political donations and/or to incur political  expenditure in the EU**

1,919,454,738

97.21

55,181,875

2.79

8,169,288

20) Adoption of Diageo 2017 Share Value Plan**

1,859,608,157

93.87

121,449,532

6.13

1,745,482

*As a percentage of the aggregate of votes For plus votes Against (excluding votes Withheld).

**Resolutions other than those concerning ordinary business.

Download 2017 AGM Docs

Notice of meeting

Web proxy

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.