Shareholders and Annual Shareholders' Meeting
The shareholders exercise their membership rights, in particular their information and voting rights, at the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. Each share in Daimler AG entitles its owner to one vote. There are no multiple voting rights, preferred stock or maximum voting rights at Daimler AG. Documents and information relating to the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting can be found on our website at daimler.com/ir/am. The Annual Shareholders’ Meeting is generally held within four months of the end of a financial year. The Company facilitates the personal exercise of the shareholders’ rights and proxy voting in a variety of ways, such as by appointing proxies who are strictly bound by the shareholders’ voting instructions and who can be contacted also during the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. Absentee voting is also possible. It is possible to authorize the Daimler-appointed proxies and give them voting instructions or to cast absentee votes by using the so-called e-service for shareholders.
Among other matters, the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting decides on the appropriation of distributable profits, the ratification of the actions of the members of the Board of Management and of the Supervisory Board, the election of the external auditors, the election of the members of the Supervisory Board representing the shareholders and the remuneration of the Supervisory Board. The Annual Shareholders’ Meeting also makes other decisions, especially on amendments to the Articles of Incorporation, capital measures and the approval of certain intercompany agreements. Shareholders can submit countermotions on resolutions proposed by the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board and, within the provisions of applicable law, can challenge resolutions passed by the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in a court of law.
The influence of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on the management of the Company is limited by law, however. The Annual Shareholders’ Meeting can only make management decisions if it is requested to do so by the Board of Management.
We maintain close contacts with our shareholders in the context of our comprehensive investor relations and public relations activities. We regularly and comprehensively inform our shareholders, financial analysts, shareholder associations, the media and the interested public about the situation of the Group, and inform them without delay about any significant changes in its business.
In addition to other methods of communication, we also make extensive use of the Company’s website. All of the important information disclosed in 2015, including annual and interim reports, press releases, voting rights notifications from major shareholders, presentations, and audio recordings of analyst and investor events and conference calls, as well as the financial calendar, can be found at daimler.com/investors. All the dates of important disclosures such as annual reports and interim reports and the dates of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting, the annual press conference and the analyst conferences are announced in advance in the financial calendar. The financial calendar is also included in this Annual Report as a bookmark. Disclosures are made in English as well as in German.