RNS Number : 8845M
Unilever PLC
01 May 2024
 

London, 1 May 2024

 

 

UNILEVER PLC

 

RESULTS OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

 

 

Unilever PLC shareholders today approved each of the resolutions put to the 2024 Annual General Meeting. Resolutions 1 to 17 were passed as ordinary resolutions and resolutions 18 to 22 were passed as special resolutions. Voting was by poll on each resolution and the results are set out below.

 

 

BOARD APPOINTMENTS

 

The following directors stood for election or re-election and were duly elected or re-elected by the shareholders of Unilever PLC:

 

Fernando Fernandez, Adrian Hennah, Andrea Jung, Susan Kilsby, Ruby Lu, Judith McKenna, Ian Meakins, Nelson Peltz and Hein Schumacher.

 

 

POLL RESULTS - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 1 MAY 2024

 

 

 

TOTAL VOTES FOR

%

TOTAL VOTES AGAINST

%

TOTAL VOTES CAST

% OF SHARE CAPITAL VALIDLY CAST VOTED FOR AND AGAINST

VOTES WITHHELD

1. To receive the Reports and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2023

1,800,729,225

99.45%

9,966,995

0.55%

1,810,696,220

72.35%

3,481,866

2. To approve the Directors' Remuneration Report

1,774,251,126

97.96%

36,962,423

2.04%

1,811,213,549

72.37%

2,966,904

3. To approve the Directors' Remuneration Policy

1,769,512,007

97.69%

41,749,811

2.31%

1,811,261,818

72.37%

2,918,626

4.To approve the Climate Transition Action Plan

1,659,769,519

97.59%

41,001,833

2.41%

1,700,771,352

67.96%

113,395,016

5. To elect Fernando Fernandez as a Director

1,808,673,411

99.77%

4,108,371

0.23%

1,812,781,782

72.43%

1,395,610

6. To re-elect Adrian Hennah as a Director

1,705,872,213

94.16%

105,743,176

5.84%

1,811,615,389

72.39%

2,564,082

7. To re-elect Andrea Jung as a Director

1,779,071,833

98.21%

32,469,478

1.79%

1,811,541,311

72.38%

2,632,754

8. To re-elect Susan Kilsby as a Director

1,806,649,018

99.67%

5,980,303

0.33%

1,812,629,321

72.43%

1,550,150

9. To re-elect Ruby Lu as a Director

1,793,283,012

99.43%

10,242,062

0.57%

1,803,525,074

72.06%

10,654,268

10. To elect Ian Meakins as a Director

1,785,432,531

98.61%

25,251,509

1.39%

1,810,684,040

72.35%

3,496,208

11. To elect Judith McKenna as a Director

1,810,541,577

99.89%

2,053,978

0.11%

1,812,595,555

72.43%

1,583,827

12. To re-elect Nelson Peltz as a Director

1,786,458,851

98.55%

26,257,254

1.45%

1,812,716,105

72.43%

1,463,200

13. To re-elect Hein Schumacher as a Director

1,808,470,703

99.76%

4,348,673

0.24%

1,812,819,376

72.44%

1,358,500

14. To reappoint KPMG LLP as Auditors of the Company

1,791,600,664

98.88%

20,211,645

1.12%

1,811,812,309

72.40%

2,367,156

15. To authorise the Directors to fix the remuneration of the Auditor

1,809,554,441

99.88%

2,238,563

0.12%

1,811,793,004

72.39%

2,385,562

16. To authorise Political Donations and expenditure

1,774,391,901

98.34%

29,900,923

1.66%

1,804,292,824

72.10%

9,887,318

17. To authorise the Directors to allot shares

1,740,915,807

96.04%

71,823,507

3.96%

1,812,739,314

72.43%

1,441,372

18. To authorise the Directors to disapply pre-emption rights

1,784,960,145

98.50%

27,178,616

1.50%

1,812,138,761

72.41%

2,040,710

19. To authorise the Directors to disapply pre-emption rights for the purposes of acquisitions or capital investments

1,782,126,412

98.33%

30,191,118

1.67%

1,812,317,530

72.42%

1,861,941

20. To authorise the Company to purchase its own shares

1,809,085,300

99.81%

3,404,753

0.19%

1,812,490,053

72.42%

1,690,633

21. To authorise the Directors to call General Meetings (other than an AGM) on 14 clear days' notice

1,699,190,110

93.75%

113,185,068

6.25%

1,812,375,178

72.42%

1,803,565

22. Adoption of new Articles of Association.

1,809,436,070

99.92%

1,486,543

0.08%

1,810,922,613

72.36%

3,255,671

 

 

 

NOTES:

- The 'For' vote includes votes given at the Chairman's discretion and details of proxy votes cast are included in the table above.

- As at close of business on 30 April 2024 the total number of issued ordinary shares of Unilever PLC was 2,521,497,338. Of those ordinary shares, 16,181,572 were held as treasury shares and 2,665,283 ordinary shares (including ordinary shares represented by Unilever PLC ADSs) were held by or on behalf of companies in the Unilever Group (the "Unilever Group Shares"). The voting rights attaching to the Unilever Group Shares are not exercisable. Therefore, as at 11.30am on 1 May 2024, the total number of Unilever PLC ordinary shares with exercisable voting rights was 2,502,650,483.

 

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: https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism.  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

  

 

1 May 2024

  

 

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