Air Liquide works hard every year to make sure its Annual General Meeting is a special event, a unique venue for interaction and information about the Group. We place great importance on shareholder participation and voting regardless of the number of shares held.
An Ordinary Annual General Meeting is held once a year within six months of the end of the fiscal year. Its purpose is to inform shareholders about the Group’s activity and results, approve the financial statements and the dividend amount, appoint or reappoint members of the Board of Directors and the Statutory Auditors and, lastly, authorize certain operations of the company. Resolutions presented at an Ordinary Annual General Meeting are adopted by a simple majority of shareholders present or represented.
An Extraordinary Annual General Meeting is convened when the company wishes to submit for shareholder approval a change in the articles of association or a transaction affecting the capital (increase, decrease, merger, etc.). The resolutions can only be adopted by a majority of two-thirds of the capital present or represented.
The Group generally convenes a combined Annual General Meeting (an Ordinary and an Extraordinary Annual General Meeting convened on the same date by a single notice). Whether the quorum and majority conditions of the Ordinary Annual General Meeting or Extraordinary Annual General Meeting apply depends on the resolution.
The event is broadcasted live on airliquide.com, in both French, French for hard of earing and English, then made available for five years (since 2019).
Invitation and voting
As soon as you own one share, you will receive your invitation to the Annual General Meeting either in paper or by internet, if you have chosen the electronic invitation. It presents the resolutions to guide you in your voting decision.
Voting enables you to play a part in decisions that are important to the Group. There are three ways to cast your vote.
Before the event
By post, by completing and sending in your voting form received along with the invitation to the Annual General Meeting.
By Internet, the vote is a simple and secure solution for registered and bearer shareholders in France and overseas alike.
Access online all the documentation relating to your vote (invitation to the Annual General Meeting, Reference Document, etc.)
Vote on the resolutions
Appoint the Chairman or a third party as your proxy
Apply for an admission card to the Annual General Meeting
Holders of registered shares, access online voting through your personal online account which you can find at airliquide.com, Shareholders section, and use your regular codes.
Holders of bearer shares, log on to your financial institution’s website. You will be given the option of voting if your financial institution has signed up for the electronic voting system. Once you have voted, you can print out a statement proving that your vote has been registered.
During the event
Vote during the meeting using your electronic voting device.