The Company recognises the importance of communicating with its shareholders. The Group Chief Executive and the Group Finance Director maintain regular contact with major shareholders and ensure that their views are communicated to the Board as a whole through the reporting of feedback from shareholder meetings and the provision of brokers' reports. The Board invites the Company's brokers and financial public relations advisers to attend at least one meeting each year at which the economic and investment environment, Croda's performance, both generally and in comparison with its sector peers, and investor reaction are discussed. The senior independent director and other non-executive directors are available to attend meetings with major shareholders if requested, however, no such meetings were requested during the year.
The AGM provides an opportunity for private shareholders to raise questions with the members of the Board. The directors are also available to answer questions after the meeting in a more informal setting. The annual report, including notice of AGM, is sent to shareholders at least twenty working days before the meeting. There is a separate investor relations section on the Company's website (www.croda.com) which includes, amongst other items, presentations made to analysts.