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 2021 Annual General Meeting of Diageo plc will be held at 2.30 pm on Thursday, 30 September 2021 at etc.venues St Paul’s, 200 Aldersgate, London EC1A 4DH. The meeting will be held as a combined physical and electronic meeting using the Lumi platform with an additional telephone facility for questions.
We encourage shareholders to participate in the AGM through the online Lumi platform, which can be accessed by following the instructions in the Notice of Meeting.
The physical part of the meeting will be held in accordance with Government guidelines in effect at the time of the AGM. Notwithstanding such guidelines and in order to minimise public health risks, guests will not be permitted to attend the AGM, with the exception of carers of shareholders, refreshments will not be served before or after the AGM and Directors will not be available to circulate with shareholders following the AGM. Shareholders attending the meeting in person will be able to register from 1.45 pm.
We will continue to closely monitor any developments in public health guidance and legislation issued by the UK Government in relation to Covid-19. Should it become necessary or appropriate to revise the current arrangements for the AGM, details of any such changes will be made available on our website and via a stock exchange announcement, as required by our articles of association.
Download the 2021 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.