Shareholders and Annual General Meeting
Shareholder Information: Shareholders can obtain full and timely information about our company on our website and can access current as well as historical company data. Among other information on its website, Vonovia regularly posts all financial reports, important information on the company’s governing bodies (including current resumes), its corporate governance documentation (declaration of conformity and governance-related guidelines and voluntary commitments), information requiring ad hoc disclosure and press releases.
Directors’ Dealings: Information on directors’ dealings/managers’ transactions notifiable pursuant to Article 19 of the Market Abuse Regulation is published by Vonovia without delay in accordance with the Regulation and is made available on the company’s website, with information also being provided on the shares held by each member of the company’s executive bodies.
Financial Calendar: Shareholders and interested members of the financial community can use the regularly updated financial calendar on the website to obtain information on publication, conference and information dates, roadshows and the timing of the Annual General Meeting early on.
Annual General Meeting and Voting: The Annual General Meeting decides in particular on the appropriation of profit, the ratification of the acts of the members of the Management Board and of the Supervisory Board, the appointment of the external auditor, amendments to the Articles of Association as well as specific capital measures and individually elects the shareholders’ representatives to the Supervisory Board.
Our shareholders can exercise their voting rights at the meeting or instruct a proxy of their choice or one of the proxies provided for that purpose by the company. Our shareholders are also able to submit a postal vote. The details regarding the postal voting procedure are in the respective shareholder’s invitation to the Annual General Meeting.
The entire documentation for the Annual General Meeting and opportunities to authorize, and issue instructions to, the company’s proxies as well as to submit a postal vote are available to shareholders at all times on the Vonovia website.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2022 Annual General Meeting was held as a virtual event, as was the case in 2021. Vonovia believes that this concept has proven to be very successful. In the spirit of digitalization and sustainability, the legislator also considers this Annual General Meeting format to have future potential, as is evidenced by the amendment to the German Stock Corporation Act.
Remuneration Paid to Executive Bodies: In line with the German Stock Corporation Act and the GCGC, the Supervisory Board presented the remuneration system it had adopted for the Management Board members to the 2021 Annual General Meeting for approval, which was granted with 87.75% of the votes cast.
The Management Board also presented the remuneration report required under the Act Implementing the Second Shareholders’ Rights Directive (ARUG II) at the 2022 Annual General Meeting for the first time. The remuneration report for the 2021 fiscal year, which was audited by the auditor, was approved by 84.4% of the votes cast before being published on Vonovia SE’s website.
The remuneration system of the Supervisory Board of Vonovia SE is governed by the Articles of Association. It was confirmed by a 99.34% majority by the 2021 Annual General Meeting in accordance with ARUG II. The Annual General Meeting held in the reporting year approved an amendment to the Articles of Association to adjust the remuneration, which had remained unchanged since 2013.