This Statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) and covers the financial year ending 31st December 2020. It provides an explanation of the steps that Gemfields Group Limited and its subsidiaries (“Gemfields” or “we”) take to combat the potential for modern slavery and human trafficking to take place in its business and supply chains.
Shareholders are advised that the Company’s Virtual Annual General Meeting (“VAGM”) was held today, Thursday 24 June 2021. With the exception of Special Resolution 1, all binding resolutions set out in the Notice of Virtual Annual General Meeting were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders. Further, the Company acknowledges that more than 25% of shareholders have voted against Non-Binding Advisory Vote 1 (albeit by a small margin), being the endorsement of the Company’s Remuneration Policy. As such, and in keeping with the principles of the King IV Corporate Governance Code, the Company will again seek to engage with shareholders in relation to the Company’s Remuneration Policy in due course.
Further to the Company’s announcement on 30 April 2021, shareholders should note the following in respect of access to the VAGM to be held on Thursday, 24 June 2021 at 10 a.m. (British Summer Time). Shareholders will be able to view and/or participate through the VAGM online facility. A step-by-step guide on ‘How To Participate In The Annual General Meeting’ will be made available on the Company’s website shortly.