Sopra Steria - 2020 Convening Notice
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Message from the Chairman
“The Group’s aims to make a sustainable, human, and guiding contribution to society.” More than ever, our ambition is to be, throughout Europe, the preferred partner for major public administrations, financial and industrial operators and strategic businesses, driving the digital transformation of their activities and information systems, and preserving their digital sovereignty. This ambition goes hand in hand with ambitious financial performance objectives, particularly with regard to our operating margin percentage. But in the very short term, we will need to mobilise all our resources to deal with the unprecedented situation we are currently facing. The Group’s strategy draws on an independent project that creates sustainable value based on winning new market opportunities, added value and differentiation, particularly through our significant software development business. 2004. In January 2020, CDP announced that Sopra Steria had been named for the third consecutive year as one of the 180 most transparent companies that are the most active in the world in the fight against climate change.
Sopra Steria has faced this period of uncertainty with robust fundamentals and a healthy financial position. Thanks to the close relationships we have with our clients, and with the whole of our ecosystem, we are confident in the Group’s capacity to overcome this crisis. This year, in the context of an exceptional pandemic and in order to ensure everyone’s health and safety, we have decided to hold our Shareholders’ Meeting with remote access only. Our shareholders are invited to vote prior to the Shareholders’ Meeting using the remote voting methods that will be made available to them. The Shareholders’ Meeting will be broadcast via webcast audio on the Group’s website. In this document, you will find all the practical procedures for participating in this Meeting as well as the agenda and the proposed resolutions submitted for your approval. The preparatory documents for this Meeting can be found on the Group’s website: https://www.soprasteria.com/ investors/investors-relations- shareholders/shareholders-meetings. On the day of the Meeting, you will find the presentation and the result of the votes on this website. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank you for your ongoing confidence.
As I write this message, Europe and the rest of the world are facing a public health emergency. This crisis has already had a significant impact on the economy of the countries where Sopra Steria does business. However, it is too early to predict the precise consequences on our activity. This situation should not prevent us from presenting a full and accurate report on our Group’s performance in 2019. Last year we achieved our operational and financial targets, a number of commercial successes and some significant milestones for our corporate project. Two strategic operations have strengthened the Group’s capacity in the banking vertical market. The acquisition of SAB in France has helped Sopra Banking Software reach critical mass in its market and the creation of the Sopra Financial Technology joint venture in Germany has opened up promising new opportunities for digital platforms. 2019 also saw major steps forward in terms of corporate responsibility. Sopra Steria firmly believes that digital technology represents a source of progress when it is delivered in a human-centric way; that is what drove our Group to become a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact back in
Pierre Pasquier Chairman and Founder of Sopra Steria Group
SOPRA STERIA NOTICE OF MEETING 2020
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