2020 annual general meeting (AGM)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2020 AGMNotice of annual general meeting 2020 (PDF)
The 2020 AGM will be held on Friday 4 December 2020.
Unfortunately, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to conduct this year’s AGM in the usual way. The health, safety and welfare of our shareholders, employees and the broader community is of paramount importance.
With this in mind, and in accordance with the provisions of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020, the AGM will be held as a closed meeting and regrettably shareholders are unable to attend in person. We will arrange for the necessary quorum to be in attendance so that the meeting is able to conduct its business and shareholders and others will not be granted access to the AGM in person. However, we intend to broadcast the AGM live on the web and via a telephone link on the day and shareholders are able to ask questions in advance of the meeting. To ensure that your vote is counted, shareholders are strongly advised to appoint the Chair of the meeting as their proxy using the hard copy proxy form or electronically. Proxy appointments must be received by 11.00 am on 2 December 2020.
We will continue to review our AGM arrangements in light of the latest Government guidance, and therefore shareholders are encouraged to continue to monitor this page for any updates.
Marked-up version of the proposed new articles of association of the Company (PDF)
VOTING BY PROXY
As always, your vote is important to us. Given the circumstances, shareholders are strongly advised to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf and are strongly advised to appoint the Chair of the meeting as their proxy to ensure that their vote can be cast at the meeting.
A shareholder can appoint a proxy:
- by completing and submitting a hard copy proxy form by post and returning it to the Company’s Registrar, Equiniti, Spencer Road, Lancing BN99 6DA. A pre-paid envelope accompanies this document; or
- by completing the online form at www.sharevote.co.uk and following the on-screen instructions to submit it. Please note that shareholders will need to identify themselves with the voting ID, task ID and shareholder reference number printed on the hard copy form of proxy; or
- in the case of shareholders who have already registered with Equiniti’s online portfolio service, Shareview, by logging on to their portfolio at www.shareview.co.uk and clicking on the link to vote.
Proxy appointments should be completed as soon as possible and must be received by 11.00 am on 2 December 2020. Full guidance on proxy voting (which includes the ability to lodge proxies electronically) is set out in shareholder note 2 on pages 11 and 12 of the Notice of AGM. Proxies cannot be appointed after that time and there will be no facility to vote on the day of the AGM.
Questions to the Board can be submitted in advance of the meeting by post (Attention: AGM – Company Secretary, Associated British Foods plc, Weston Centre, 10 Grosvenor Street, London W1K 4QY) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). If shareholders require a response to a question prior to the proxy voting deadline, please ensure that the question is received by the Company by 6.00 pm on 20 November 2020, in which case the Company will endeavour to respond to the shareholder by 27 November 2020. Please ensure that you include your name and Shareholder Reference Number (as shown on your proxy form and Notice of Availability) and, if your question is by post, the address to which a response should be sent.
A selection of answers to commonly asked questions, grouped by theme, will be available on the website (www.abf.co.uk/agm) in advance of the AGM. At the AGM, the key themes and issues arising from questions received will be discussed.
HOW TO ACCESS THE BROADCAST OF THE AGM
As, regrettably, shareholders are unable to attend the AGM in person, the Company is for the first time enabling shareholders to access a live broadcast of the AGM either on the web or by telephone. Please remember that you will not be able to vote on the day of the AGM and that you should appoint a proxy in advance so that your vote is counted.
If you wish to access the broadcast of the AGM, you will need information that is included on the Notice of Availability which is unique to you.
If your investment is held on your behalf in a broker account/nominee account and you wish to access the AGM broadcast, you must contact your broker/nominee in advance and request that they appoint you as a corporate representative so that you have the appropriate authority to access the broadcast. Without this authority you will not have the necessary details and will not be able to gain access. Once the valid appointment has been made please contact the Company’s Registrar, Equiniti, before 4.00 pm on 2 December 2020 on 0371 384 2282 (or +44 121 415 7047 , if you are calling from outside the UK), for your unique Shareholder Reference Number (SRN) and PIN. Lines are open 8.30 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays in England & Wales).
Accessing the live broadcast via the AGM website
Shareholders can access a live audio and video broadcast of the AGM via the AGM website:
This website can be accessed online using most well-known internet browsers such as Internet Explorer (not compatible with versions 10 and below), Chrome, Firefox and Safari on a PC, laptop or internet-enabled device such as a tablet or smartphone.
On accessing the AGM website, you will be asked to enter a Meeting ID which is 151-465-948. You will then be prompted to enter your unique SRN and PIN which can be found printed on your Notice of Availability. Access to the meeting via the website will be available from 9.30 am on 4 December 2020. The meeting will start at 11.00 am.
The AGM will be broadcast in audio and video format with presentation slides. Once logged in, and at the commencement of the meeting, you will be able to view and hear the proceedings of the meeting on your device, as well as being able to see any slides or video being presented at the meeting. Slides will advance automatically as the meeting progresses.
An active internet connection is required at all times in order to allow you to view the broadcast. It is the user’s responsibility to ensure you remain connected for the duration of the meeting.
For further details, please see the “User Guide to Accessing the Live Broadcast of the Associated British Foods plc AGM 2020 via the AGM website” on page 15 of the Notice of AGM.
Accessing the live broadcast by telephone
Shareholders can access a live audio broadcast of the AGM by telephone.
To access the live audio broadcast by telephone you should dial:
Freephone (if dialling from within the UK): 0800 279 7204
If dialling in from outside the UK: +44 (0)330 336 9411
On dialling in, you will be asked for your confirmation code: 1773106, your name and your SRN (which can be found on your Notice of Availability).
Access to the meeting via the telephone will be available from 10.30 am on 4 December 2020. Your telephone line will be muted for the duration of the call once you have been permitted access. The meeting will start at 11.00 am.
When accessing by telephone, you will be able to hear the proceedings of the meeting on but will not be able to see any slides or video being presented at the meeting unless you are also logged in via
the AGM website.
For details of previous AGMs please click here