Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2014
2.3. THE GENERAL
AS THE MAIN CHANNEL FOR
As provided for under Spanish law, the primary
vehicle for shareholders to participate in the life of
the company is the General Shareholders’ Meeting.
BME considers that this participation is a basic pillar
for ascertaining shareholders’ expectations, concerns
and proposals. Through the General Shareholders’
Meeting, the company’s highest decision-making
body, shareholders and investors can express their
wishes and exercise their right to take part in the deci-
sion-taking process in matters within their remit.
In order for shareholders to correctly exercise
their right to participate, prior to the General Share-
holders’ Meeting and when notice of the meeting
has been published, BME makes available to share-
holders all the relevant information regarding the
meeting on its website.
BME encourages its shareholders to play an active
role in the company and makes all of the tools they
need to exercise their political and economic rights
available to them. To this end, BME has designed
certain measures to encourage shareholder partici-
pation. These include:
No limits on shareholder participation, which means
any shareholder may attend meetings, speak
and exercise their right to vote, regardless of the
number of shares held. BME adheres to the “one
share, one vote” principle, a concept it regards as a
basic element for equality in its relationship with all
Shareholders are provided with an attendance card,
referenced to the shareholder register, so that they
can participate, as most suitable for them, in the
General Shareholders’ Meeting.
The Shareholder e-Forum, which facilitates commu-
nication among shareholders between the time the
General Shareholders’ Meeting is called and the
date it is held. On the occasion of the General Share-
holders’ Meeting held on 30 April 2014, at second
call, four (4) shareholders registered in the e-Forum
although no proposal was made (five (5) and six (6)
shareholders registered prior to the 30 April 2013
and 26 April 2012 meetings in respectively).
Shareholders unable to attend meetings in person
are offered the possibility of taking part and exer-
cising their right to vote, be represented and receive
information via remote means of communication
(electronic means or regular post).