Vodafone 2024 Annual Report

Directors’ Report 120 Vodafone Group Plc Annual Report 2024

Strategic report



Other information

The Directors of the Company present their report together with the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2024. This report has been prepared in accordance with the requirements outlined within the Large and Medium-sized Companies and Groups (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008 and forms part of the management report as required under Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rule (‘DTR’) 4. Certain information that fulfils the requirements of the Directors’ Report can be found elsewhere in this document and is referred to below. This information is incorporated into this Directors’ Report by reference. Vodafone Group Plc is incorporated and domiciled in England and Wales (registration number 1833679). The registered address and contact number of the Company is Vodafone House, The Connection, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2FN, England, telephone +44 (0)1635 33251. Responsibility statement As required under the DTRs, a statement made by the Board regarding the preparation of the financial statements is set out on pages 123 to 124, which also provides details regarding the disclosure of information to the Company’s auditor and management’s report on internal control over financial information. Going concern The going concern statement required by the Listing Rules and the UK Corporate Governance Code (the ‘Code’) is set out in the ‘Directors’ statement of responsibility’ section on page 124. System of risk management and internal control The Board is responsible for maintaining a risk management and internal control system and for managing the principal risks faced by the Group. Such a system is designed to manage rather than eliminate business risks and can only provide reasonable and not absolute assurance against material mistreatment or loss. This is described in more detail in the Audit and Risk Committee Report on pages 89-94. The Board has implemented in full the Financial Reporting Council’s (‘FRC’) ‘Guidance on Risk Management, Internal Control and Related Financial and Business Reporting’ for the year and up to the date of this Annual Report. The resulting procedures, which are subject to regular monitoring and review, provide an ongoing process for identifying, evaluating and managing the Company’s principal risks (which can be found on pages 57-63). Corporate Governance Statement The Corporate Governance Statement setting out how the Company complies with the Code is set out on page 73. This includes a description of the main features of our internal control and risk management arrangements in relation to the financial reporting process. The information required by DTR 7.2.6R can be found in the ‘Shareholder information’ section on pages 249-254. A description of the composition and operation of the Board and its Committees including the Board Diversity Policy is set out on page 74, pages 86-97 and page 106. The Code can be viewed in full at frc.org.uk .

Strategic Report The Strategic Report is set out on pages 1-69 and is incorporated into

this Directors’ Report by reference. Directors and their interests

The Directors of the Company who served during the financial year ended 31 March 2024 and up to the date of signing the financial statements are as follows: Jean-François van Boxmeer, Margherita Della Valle, Luka Mucic (appointed 1 September 2023), Stephen A. Carter CBE, Delphine Ernotte Cunci, Michel Demaré, Hatem Dowidar (appointed 19 February 2024), Deborah Kerr, Maria Amparo Moraleda Martinez, David Nish, Christine Ramon and Simon Segars. Sir Crispin Davis, Dame Clara Furse and Valerie Gooding stepped down at the conclusion of the AGM on 25 July 2023. A summary of the rules relating to the appointment and replacement of Directors and Directors’ powers can be found on pages 250-251. Details of the Directors’ interests in the Company’s ordinary shares, options held over ordinary shares, interests in share options and long-term incentive plans are set out on pages 98-118. Directors’ conflicts of interest Established within the Company is a procedure for managing and monitoring conflicts of interest for Directors. Details of this procedure are set out on page 87. Directors’ indemnities In accordance with our Articles of Association, and to the extent permitted by law, Directors are granted an indemnity by the Company in respect of liability incurred as a result of their office. In addition, we maintained a directors’ and officers’ liability insurance policy throughout the year. Neither our indemnity nor the insurance provides cover in the event that a Director is proven to have acted dishonestly or fraudulently. Disclosures required under Listing Rule 9.8.4 The information on the amount of interest capitalised and the treatment of tax relief can be found in notes 5 and 6 to the consolidated financial statements, respectively. The remaining disclosures required by Listing Rule 9.8.4 are not applicable to Vodafone. Capital structure and rights attaching to shares Ordinary shares of Vodafone Group Plc are traded on the London Stock Exchange and in the form of American Depositary Shares (‘ADS’) on NASDAQ. ADSs, each representing 10 ordinary shares, are traded on NASDAQ under the symbol ‘VOD’. The ADSs are evidenced by American Depositary Receipts (‘ADRs’) issued by J.P. Morgan, as depositary, under a deposit agreement, dated 15 February 2022 between the Company, the depositary and the holders from time to time of ADRs issued thereunder. ADS holders are not shareholders in the Company but may instruct J.P. Morgan on the exercise of voting rights relative to the number of ordinary shares represented by their ADSs. See the sections ‘Articles of Association and applicable English law’ and ‘Rights attaching to the Company’s shares – Voting rights’ on pages 250-251. All information relating to the Company’s capital structure, rights attaching to shares, dividends, the policy to repurchase the Company’s own shares, details of Company share repurchases and details of other shareholder information is contained on pages 30-31 and pages 249-254.

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