Communication with stakeholders
a.s.r. The Netherlands is a listed Dutch insurance group. a.s.r. The Netherlands carries the brands: a.s.r., the Amersfoortse, Europeesche Verzekeringen, Ardanta and Ditzo.
a.s.r. started webcasting the AGM last year. The main reason for this was to give a broad international audience access to the AGM. Not everyone is able to be physically present. The webcast is a low-threshold medium for this.
The reactions of the viewers / shareholders were positive. The webcast provided a good insight into the course of the AGM. During the AGM, an investor gave his compliments about the simultaneous translation into English. The webcast has attracted a lot of visitors compared to the physical meeting. There were 64 external visitors physically present at the AGM and the webcast, in both Dutch and English, attracted 158 viewers.
The webcast of the AGM is publicly available via the website of a.s.r., also for non-shareholders. This is a conscious choice. a.s.r. is a transparent company. By making the AGM an open-access webcast in this way, non-shareholders also have the opportunity to see how the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board are accountable for the policy pursued. In addition, interested investors will get the opportunity to get to know a.s.r. and gather information.
The official language during the AGM is Dutch. a.s.r. is a Dutch company with also a Dutch shareholder base. Moreover, Dutch is the official language of the company and the directors. But of course there is a simultaneous translation in English for all non-Dutch speaking interested parties.