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.
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.
The 2020 AGM of Diageo plc will be held on Monday, 28 September 2020 at 2.30pm at the Company’s registered office at Lakeside Drive, Park Royal, London NW10 7HQ. The AGM will be convened with a minimum quorum of shareholders (which will be facilitated by Diageo’s management) in order to conduct the functional business of the AGM. Therefore, the AGM will be held as a closed meeting and we will be unable to welcome shareholders to the AGM in the usual way. Please refer to the Notice of AGM for further details.
The AGM record date for ADR holders is 14 August 2020.
Download the 2020 AGM documents
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.