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  • Directors remuneration report

    Statement from Vanda Murray, Chairman of the Remuneration CommitteeI am pleased to present the Directors remuneration report for the year ended 31 December 2016.

    Role of the Remuneration CommitteeThe Committee proposes the directors remuneration policy for shareholder approval. It also governs the implementation of the policy ensuring that the remuneration for our executive directors and senior management supports the sustainable performance of the business and that it is aligned with shareholders interests. The Committee considers both market practice and stakeholders views when setting the Groups performance-related incentives to ensure that they are based on challenging and robust performance targets which are aligned to the Groups strategic goals and which drive profitable growth, while complying with UK corporate governance good practice.

    Performance and remuneration for 2016Michael Roney retired as Chief Executive in April 2016 after a long and successful tenure of more than 10 years, during which time the Group achieved strong and sustainable performance. Michaels successor as Chief Executive is Frank van Zanten, an internal appointment made after an extensive internal and external search process.

    The business strategy has remained constant during 2016 with the Group continuing to grow both organically and by acquisition while continuously improving the quality of our operating model.

    The key performance metrics for the annual bonus are the Groups adjusted earnings per share and return on average operating capital and for Patrick Larmon there are two additional measures related to the operating profit and return on average operating capital of the business area for which he has responsibility (North America). Performance against these metrics has resulted in an annual bonus for Frank van Zanten of 65% of the maximum opportunity, which equates to 75% of his annual salary for 2016, initially as a director from 1 February until 19 April 2016 and then as Chief Executive from 20 April to the end of the financial year.

    Vanda Murray Chairman of the Remuneration Committee

    Our remuneration policy is a key element in enabling us to continue to drive our high performance culture which focuses on building shareholder value.

    This report has been prepared on behalf of, and has been approved by, the Board. It complies with the Large and Medium-sized Companies and Groups (Accounts and Reports) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (the Regulations), the UK Corporate Governance Code and the Financial Conduct Authority Listing Rules and takes into account the accompanying Directors Remuneration Reporting Guidance and the relevant policies of shareholder representative bodies.

    The report is presented in three main sections: an annual statement from the Chairman of the Committee; the directors remuneration policy to be approved by shareholders at the 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM); and the annual report on remuneration for 2016.

    In accordance with the Regulations, at the 2017 AGM we will be asking shareholders to vote on two separate remuneration resolutions as follows:

    the binding triennial vote on the directors remuneration policy which describes the Companys forward looking directors remuneration policy which will, subject to shareholder approval, become formally effective as at the date of the 2017 AGM (and is set out on pages 62 to 74); and

    an advisory vote on the annual report on remuneration as set out on pages 74 to 87 which provides details of the remuneration earned by directors for performance in the year ended 31 December 2016.

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  • The annual bonuses for Brian May and Patrick Larmon are 77% and 66% of their annual salaries respectively. In line with the remuneration policy, 50% of the annual bonuses will be delivered in shares, subject to a three year deferral. In addition, 100% of the executive share options and 82% of the performance shares vested under the Companys Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) for the performance periods that ended in 2016.

    Review of remuneration policy and shareholder consultation As we approach our 2017 AGM and the triennial binding vote on our directors remuneration policy, we have undertaken a thorough review of the policy and have consulted on the proposed changes with our largest shareholders and with proxy voting advisers. The existing policy was strongly supported by shareholders when voted on in 2014 and the key elements of that policy remain at the core of our proposed remuneration policy.

    Over recent years, the Group has grown and expanded internationally through a series of acquisitions, extending our geographic footprint across 30 countries. Our remuneration framework is a crucial element in enabling us to compete for key talent internationally and in continuing to drive our high performance culture which focuses on building shareholder value.

    The current remuneration policy has not been changed in the last three years and the annual bonus opportunity has remained unchanged for eight years. In light of the Groups expansion and its development over many years, the Committee has reviewed whether the current remuneration arrangements remain appropriate. Having completed this review, we are proposing some amendments to the policy to bring it in line with current best practice and to drive performance for the Companys next stage of development.

    Remuneration arrangements for the 2017 financial year and beyondExecutive directors base salaries have been increased by 2%, effective 1 January 2017, below that of the workforce average of 2.8%. Frank van Zantens base salary was set at 800,000 on his appointment as Chief Executive compared to 922,000 for his predecessor. Similarly, his pension contribution of 25% of base salary is lower than the 30% paid to Michael Roney.

    The proposed directors remuneration policy sets the annual bonus maximum level at the FTSE 100 market median of 180% of base salary. However, for the 2017 financial year, the Chief Executives maximum annual bonus opportunity will be set at 150% of base salary, 30 percentage points below the

    FTSE 100 median and the proposed policy maximum (currently set at 115% of base salary). For the other executive directors, the 2017 maximum annual bonus will be limited to 125% of base salary, currently 115% for Brian May and 110% for Patrick Larmon also significantly below the relevant FTSE 100 market median. The on-target bonus for the Chief Executive for 2017 will be 75% of base salary, currently 70%, and 70% for the other executive directors, which is unchanged. The threshold and target bonus as a percentage of the maximum will reduce as these will remain fixed as a percentage of salary.

    Annual bonus awards will continue to be based on growth in adjusted earnings per share and return on average operating capital. These metrics remain key to the business strategy and the target levels are stretching without encouraging inappropriate levels of risk. Threshold, target and stretch performance levels will be disclosed in the remuneration report for the relevant year.

    Despite the absolute maximum levels of LTIP awards permitted under the policy falling below the FTSE 100 median, we are not proposing to increase these. We are proposing to set the normal award limits for the performance share element of the LTIP at 150% of base salary and leave the limits for share option awards under the LTIP unchanged. The resulting LTIP award limits are materially lower than the FTSE 100 median.

    Recognising the feedback received from shareholders in 2016, going forward the Committee will apply time proration to performance shares in the event that an executive director retires.

    Increased Chief Executives shareholding requirement to 250% of base salary (currently 200%).

    Introduction of a two year post-vesting holding requirement on LTIP awards from the 2017 AGM onwards.

    The annual bonus maximum level set at 180% of base salary with the 2017 maximum capped at 150% of base salary for Frank van Zanten (currently 115%) and 125% for other executive directors (currently 115% and 110% of base salary for Brian May and Patrick Larmon).

    Annual bonus performance targets disclosures enhanced.

    Pension contributions or cash allowances for new executive director appointments capped at 25% of base salary (currently 30%).

    Notice periods for new executive director service contracts equalised to 12 months from both the Company and employee (previously six months from employee and 12 months from employer).

    Malus and clawback provisions strengthened for both the annual bonus, including the cash element, and the LTIP.

    The existing variable pay structure maintained but with an increased focus on above target performance.

    The absolute maximum LTIP awards permitted under the current policy are not increasing, despite being below the market median, and actual LTIP award levels for 2017 will remain at the same level as 2016, significantly below the policy maximum.

    The total remuneration for Frank van Zanten with these changes will remain below that of his predecessor (excluding the value of the transitional relocation package).

    We will continue to set robust and challenging performance conditions for the LTIP awards. These awards are subject to earnings per share growth targets and, in addition, in the case of the performance shares, a relative total shareholder return condition. We propose to use the capacity in the LTIP policy conservatively, with the award levels for 2017 held at 2016 levels. For LTIP awards made after the 2017 AGM and subsequently, a post-vesting holding period will be introduced for executive directors. This holding period will continue if they leave employment during the holding period. The remuneration policy will also increase the Chief Executives shareholding requirement to 250% of base salary in line with the FTSE 100 median. Excluding the value of his transitional international relocation package, following these proposed changes the 2017 total on-target remuneration for Frank van Zanten will remain below that of the previous Chief Executive.

    ConclusionsAs a result of these policy changes there will be a greater emphasis on performance related remuneration for all of the executive directors. I very much hope that you will support the remuneration resolutions at the AGM. This balanced and prudent set of proposals is intended to ensure that we continue to drive and reward performance and maintain alignment with shareholders interests.

    Vanda Murray OBEChairman of the Remuneration Committee 27 February 2017

    Directors remuneration policy summary of proposed changes at a glance

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    Directors remuneration policy We continue to pursue our well defined strategy of developing the business through profitable organic growth, consolidating our position in the markets in which we compete through focused acquisitions in both existing and new geographies and continuously improving our operating model. Bunzls business model relies on excellent customer and supplier relationships and the skills, knowledge and experience of its directors and employees. The Companys remuneration policy supports this strategy by ensuring that the overall remuneration package is set at a competitive level while ensuring that additional reward is paid for high performance over a sustained period. This policy is designed to ensure the recruitment, retention and motivation of the executive directors and other senior executives over the long term.

    The performance-related elements of the remuneration package are designed to incentivise executives to meet key performance metrics which align their interests and remuneration with those of shareholders, for example targets relating to earnings per share and total shareholder return (TSR). In setting such targets the Committee takes due account of the potential effect such targets could have on the attitude and behaviour of executives to risk within the business. In addition the Committee has the discretion to take into account performance on environmental, social and governance matters.

    OverviewOur directors remuneration policy has been reviewed during the year and is submitted for approval in the required triennial vote at the 2017 AGM. The overall approach to remuneration adopted by the Company has been in place for many years and the key elements of this policy are very little changed from those approved by shareholders in 2014.

    Our current directors remuneration policy, which is effective subject to our new policy being approved by shareholders at our 2017 AGM, is set out in our 2014 and 2015 Annual Reports and is also available on our website at www.bunzl.com.

    The proposed policy set out below is submitted to be approved by shareholders at our 2017 AGM and will formally take effect from the date of the AGM with the exception of the annual bonus where the policy will apply for the full financial year in 2017.

    The proposed policy is designed to meet the following objectives:

    to support the next phase of the Groups growth and development;

    to bring the policy in line with current best practice principles;

    to provide flexibility to take better account of market remuneration levels;

    to ensure remuneration reflects the performance of the Group in the relevant year and the longer term; and

    to align pay with the strategic objectives of the Company and the interests of our shareholders.

    In setting the remuneration policy for the executive directors, the Committee also takes into consideration a number of different factors:

    the Committee applies the principles set out in the UK Corporate Governance Code and also takes into account best practice guidance issued by the major UK institutional investor bodies, the Financial Conduct Authority (including the provisions of any applicable remuneration codes) and other relevant organisations;

    the Committee has overall responsibility for the remuneration policies and structures for employees of the Group as a whole and it reviews remuneration policy on a Group wide basis. When the Committee determines and reviews the remuneration policy for the executive directors it considers and compares it against the pay, policy and employment conditions of the rest of the Group to ensure that there is alignment between the two; and

    the Committee considers the external market in which the Group operates and uses comparator remuneration data from time to time to inform its decisions. However, the Committee recognises that such data should be used as a guide only (recognising that data can be volatile and may not be directly relevant) and that there is often a need to phase-in changes over a period of time.

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  • The Committees overall policy, having had due regard to the factors above, continues to be for a substantial proportion of total remuneration to be based on variable pay. This is achieved by setting base pay and benefits up to mid-market levels, with annual bonus and long term incentive opportunities linked to the achievement of demanding performance targets which will be disclosed. In this way the Committee facilitates alignment between the interests of shareholders and the total remuneration paid to the executive directors.

    The table below summarises how the proposed policy compares with the current policy:

    Summary of key features of current policy Summary of key features of proposed policy

    Pension Defined contribution to pension or cash allowance of equivalent value. Only base salary is pensionable. Maximum of 30% of base salary.

    Pension contributions or cash allowance for new joiners will be capped at 25% of base salary.

    Annual bonus opportunity

    Maximum 115% of base salary for Chief Executive and Finance Director and 110% for Patrick Larmon.

    Policy maximum of 180% of base salary.

    For 2017, maximum of 150% of base salary for Chief Executive and 125% of base salary for Finance Director and Patrick Larmon.

    Target bonus 70% of base salary (61% of maximum for Chief Executive and Finance Director and 64% of maximum for Patrick Larmon).

    Target bonus 75% of base salary (reduces to 50% of 2017 maximum) for the Chief Executive and remains at 70% of base salary for the Finance Director and Patrick Larmon (which is 56% of maximum).

    Clawback provisions apply for misstatement for deferred bonus.

    Clawback to be strengthened and a malus provision to be added for both the cash bonus and the deferred shares element.

    Long Term Incentive Plan(LTIP)

    The policy states that the normal award limits will be up to 200% of base salary (share options) and 112.5% of base salary (performance shares).

    The normal award limits can be up to 200% of base salary (share options) and 150% of base salary (performance shares).

    However, award levels in 2017 will be no higher than in 2016.

    No post-vesting holding period. Two year post-vesting holding period (net of sales to settle tax) to apply to awards made of share options and performance shares after the 2017 AGM and subsequently.

    Time proration of performance shares on retirement.

    Clawback provisions apply for misstatement and error. Clawback to be strengthened and a malus provision to be added.

    Shareholding requirement

    Executive directors are required to build up a shareholding of 200% of base salary.

    To be increased to 250% for the Chief Executive and remain at 200% for the other executive directors.

    Service Contracts

    Executive directors are normally employed on contracts that provide for 12 months notice from the Company and six months notice from the executive.

    Contracts for new executive directors will provide for an equal notice period from the Company and the executive of a maximum of 12 months notice.

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    Salary

    Purpose recognise knowledge, skills and experience as well as reflect the scope and size of the role reward individual performance without encouraging undue risk promote the importance of environmental, social and governance issues

    Operation paid in 12 equal monthly instalments during the year reviewed annually, normally in December (with any changes usually effective from January) taking into consideration individual and Group performance, salary increases across the Group are

    benchmarked for appropriate salary levels using a comparator group of similarly sized companies with a large international presence

    pensionable

    Maximum potential value

    salary increases are normally considered in relation to the salary increases of other employees in the Group and performance of the individual unless there has been a major change in role or responsibility or major market movement. The annual salaries for the executive directors for 2016 and 2017 are on pages 75 and 83 respectively

    Performance metrics

    while there are no performance conditions attached to the payment of base salary, individual performance in the role, as well as the performance of the Group and achievements related to environmental, social and governance issues, are all taken into consideration

    Annual bonus

    Purpose incentivise the attainment of annual corporate targets retain high performing employees align with shareholders interests

    Operation annual award based on financial targets set by the Committee at the beginning of the year at the end of the performance period, which is the Groups financial year from 1 January until 31 December,

    the Committee assesses the extent to which the performance measures have been achieved. The level of bonus for each measure is determined by reference to the actual performance relative to that measures performance targets, on a pro rata basis

    any bonus is paid as 50% in cash and 50% in shares (with the shares normally deferred for three years under the Deferred Annual Share Bonus Scheme (DASBS)

    malus and clawback provisions apply under DASBS to allow the recoupment of bonus for three years from the end of the relevant performance year in the event of material misstatement of performance, a significant failure of risk control or serious misconduct. Malus and clawback also apply to the cash element of the bonus award

    non-pensionable

    Engagement with shareholdersThe Committee engages with, and seeks the views of, its major investors and investor representative bodies on any significant changes to the Companys remuneration policy. The Committee also engages from time to time with shareholders when considering important questions about the implementation of the policy. Views expressed by shareholders are considered by the Committee as part of any review of remuneration policy or sooner if appropriate.

    Remuneration policy for executive directorsThe following table summarises each element of the proposed remuneration policy for the executive directors, explaining how each element operates and links to the corporate strategy. The policy will be formally effective following shareholder approval at the 2017 AGM with the annual bonus policy applying for the full financial year. If approved, this policy supersedes that approved by shareholders in 2014.

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    Maximum potential value

    the annual bonus policy maximum is 180% of base salary the annual target bonus opportunity is capped at 50% of the maximum, where the maximum exceeds 140%

    of base salary for the 2017 performance year for Frank van Zanten the maximum annual bonus will be limited to 150% of

    base salary with the on-target award at 50% of the maximum, equating to an on-target bonus of 75% of base salary

    for the 2017 performance year for Brian May and Patrick Larmon the maximum annual bonus will be limited to 125% of base salary with the on-target bonus remaining at the current 70% of base salary

    the current threshold levels of bonus for Frank van Zanten and Brian May are 49% of base salary and 31% of base salary for Patrick Larmon. As the maximum bonus percentage increases, these threshold levels will remain fixed as a percentage of base salary and thereby reduce as a percentage of the maximum

    any further increase during the policy period, within the policy maximum, will be subject to Company performance

    Performance metrics

    metrics will be set each year by the Committee aligned to the Companys key strategic objectives

    For the 2017 performance year, the principal metrics are as follows: growth at constant exchange rates in the Companys earnings per share adjusted to exclude items which do

    not reflect the Companys underlying financial performance (eps) against the relevant target the bonus derived from constant exchange rate eps performance will be increased or decreased according

    to the Companys performance against the target return on average operating capital (RAOC), referred to as the RAOC modifier

    the use of eps and RAOC measures are seen as appropriate as they are two of the Companys Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The use of eps growth aligns the executive directors interests with those of the shareholders and the RAOC modifier ensures the continued focus on the management of capital employed together with profit growth

    bonus awards are at the Committees discretion and may take into account performance on environmental, social and governance matters as appropriate

    Patrick Larmon has additional measures based on the profit before interest, tax, customer relationships amortisation and acquisition related costs (PBITA) and RAOC of the business area for which he has direct responsibility (North America) and both are measured on a constant exchange rate basis. The additional measures relating to PBITA and RAOC are relevant for Patrick Larmon as these are both KPIs of the business area he is responsible for running and these measures, together with other performance measures, are used to incentivise the management team in North America

    the performance metrics and targets are reviewed annually to ensure they remain appropriate. The Committee retains the discretion to set alternative metrics as appropriate

    the current relevant performance metrics are: threshold (which must be exceeded to attract any payment of bonus); target; and maximum amount (the level at which the bonus is capped). These performance metrics are determined at the start of the year by reference to the Groups annual budget. No elements of the bonus are guaranteed. As in previous years, the specific targets will not be disclosed while still commercially sensitive

    Long term incentives

    Purpose incentivise growth in longer term eps and TSR align with shareholders interests recruit and retain senior employees

    Operation discretionary biannual grants of executive share option awards and performance share awards which vest subject to performance conditions measured over three years and subject to continuous Company service

    a malus and clawback facility is in operation under which part or the full amount of a vested award may be recovered, by a reduction in the amount of any future bonus, subsisting award, the vesting of any subsisting award or future share awards and/or a requirement to make a cash payment, for a period of three years from the relevant performance year, to the extent that the value of a vested award is subsequently found to have been overstated as a result of a material misstatement of performance or there has been a significant failure of risk control or serious misconduct

    two year post-vesting holding requirement for shares that vest, net of sales to settle tax or other withholding due on vesting or exercise of awards

    all awards are subject to the discretions contained in the relevant plan rules

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    Maximum potential value

    Executive share options maximum annual award of 250% of base salary normal annual grant levels for executive directors are expected to be between 167% and 200% of base

    salary and the Committee would not normally grant above 200% of salary to incumbent executive directors without further consultation with shareholders

    Performance shares maximum annual award of 150% of base salary normal annual grant levels for executive directors are expected to be between 94% and 150% of base salary for the 2017 grants, awards will not exceed 112.5% of base salary

    Performance metrics

    Performance and service conditions must be met over a three year performance period

    Executive share options eps performance measure relates to the absolute growth in the Companys eps against the targets set for

    the performance period the vesting is scaled as follows:

    no vesting for performance below the threshold target 25% of an award will vest for achieving the threshold target 100% of an award will vest for achieving or exceeding the maximum target for performance between these targets, the level of vesting will vary on a straight line sliding scale

    the Committee annually reviews the performance conditions outlined above and, in line with the rules of the 2014 LTIP, reserves the right to set different targets for forthcoming annual grants provided it is deemed that the relevant performance conditions remain appropriately challenging in the prevailing economic environment

    the targets set for the previously approved 2004 LTIP (which expired in 2014) are shown on page 66 of the 2014 Annual Report. The targets set for the 2014 LTIP are shown on page 79.

    Performance shares TSR performance measure (50% of the total award) compares a combination of both the Companys share

    price and dividend performance during the performance period against a comparator group of the constituents of the FTSE 50 150 with significant international operations, excluding companies in the financial services, oil & gas and natural resources sectors

    the other 50% of the award is subject to an eps performance measure which relates to the absolute growth in the Companys eps against the targets set for the performance period

    the vesting for both performance measures is scaled as follows: no vesting for performance below median performance (TSR) or the threshold target (eps) 25% of an award will vest for achieving median performance (TSR) or the threshold target (eps) 100% of an award will vest for achieving or exceeding upper quartile performance (TSR) or the maximum target (eps)

    for performance between these targets, the level of vesting will vary on a straight line sliding scale the Committee annually reviews the performance conditions outlined above and, in line with the rules of the

    2014 LTIP, reserves the right to set different targets for forthcoming annual grants provided it is deemed that the relevant performance conditions remain appropriately challenging in the prevailing economic environment

    the targets set for the previously approved 2004 LTIP (which expired in 2014) are shown on page 66 of the 2014 Annual Report. The targets set for the 2014 LTIP are shown on page 80.

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  • All employee share plans

    Purpose encourage employees, including the executive directors, to build a shareholding through the operation of all employee share plans such as the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) tax advantaged Sharesave Scheme and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) approved Employee Stock Purchase Plan (US) (ESPP) in the US

    Operation the Sharesave Scheme has standard terms under which participants can normally enter into a savings contract, over a period of either three or five years, in return for which they are granted options to acquire shares at a discount of up to 20% of the market price prevailing on the day immediately preceding the date of invitation to apply for the option. Options are normally exercisable either three or five years after they have been granted

    the ESPP provides an opportunity for employees in the US to purchase the Companys shares in the market at a 15% discount to the market price. The purchase of the shares is funded by after tax payroll deductions from the employee with the employing company contributing the 15% discount

    rules of both of the above plans were approved by shareholders at the 2011 AGM

    Maximum potential value

    in the UK, the Sharesave Scheme is linked to a contract for monthly savings within the HMRC limits over a period of either three or five years (currently 500 per month)

    in the US, the ESPP allows the purchase in the market of shares within IRS limits (currently up to an annual maximum of 10% of remuneration or US$25,000 worth of shares, whichever is lower)

    Performance metrics

    service conditions apply

    Retirement benefits

    Purpose provision of competitive retirement benefits retain executive directors

    Operation all defined benefit pension plans in the Group have been closed to new entrants since 2003 with any new recruits being offered defined contribution retirement arrangements and/or a pension allowance

    legacy arrangements exist for one UK based executive director and the US based executive director as disclosed previously

    pension contributions and allowances are normally paid monthly

    Maximum potential value

    company pension contributions to defined contribution retirement arrangements or cash allowances are capped at 25% of base salary for new executive directors and 30% of base salary under legacy arrangements

    benefits under the legacy UK defined benefit pension plan accrue at a rate of 2.4% on salary up to the notional pensionable salary cap (from 6 April 2017 154,200 per annum)

    Performance metrics

    Not applicable

    Other benefits

    Purpose provision of competitive benefits which helps to recruit and retain executive directors

    Operation benefits may include a car allowance or a car which may be fully expensed, various insurances such as life, disability and medical and, in some jurisdictions, club expenses and other benefits provided from time to time

    some benefits may only be provided in the case of relocation, such as removal expenses, and in the case of an international relocation might also include fees for accommodation, childrens schooling, home leave, tax equalisation and professional advice etc

    Maximum potential value

    the value of benefits is based on the cost to the Company and varies according to individual circumstances. For example, the cost of medical insurance varies according to family circumstances and the jurisdiction in which the family is based

    Performance metrics

    Not applicable

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    Shareholding requirement

    Purpose strengthen the alignment between the interests of the executive directors and those of shareholders

    Operation executives will normally be expected to retain shares, net of sales to settle tax, through the exercise of awards under the DASBS and the LTIP until they attain the required holding. Three years is allowed for executives who are promoted from within the Company to achieve the required shareholding. It is recognised that a longer time period may be required for externally recruited executives to achieve the required shareholding

    Maximum potential value

    The Chief Executives shareholding requirement is 250% of base salary. The requirement for other executive directors is 200% of base salary. This does not include any holdings of deferred shares or vested but unexercised share options or performance shares

    Performance metrics

    Not applicable

    Note

    A description of how the Company will operate the policy in 2017 is detailed within the remuneration policy summary as set out on pages 64 to 68.

    Performance measures and targetsThe key measures used by the Committee for incentivising the executive directors are eps modified by RAOC for the annual bonus and eps and relative TSR for the 2014 LTIP. The Committee considers that all of these measures are appropriate for incentive purposes.

    Eps is one of the Companys KPIs. The use of eps aligns the executive directors interests with those of shareholders. In addition, one of the executive directors, Patrick Larmon, President and Chief Executive Officer of North America, also has part of his annual bonus determined by additional measures relating to PBITA and RAOC which are relevant as these are two of the KPIs of the business area he is responsible for managing.

    RAOC is another of the Companys KPIs. The RAOC modifier ensures continued focus on management of capital employed and profit growth by rewarding efficient profit generation, taking into account acquisitions once they are established, and uses average capital employed rather than only capital employed at the end of the period.

    Relative TSR provides an external assessment of the Companys performance against similar sized companies listed in the UK. It also aligns the rewards received by executives with the returns received by shareholders.

    This combination of performance measures provides an important balance relevant to the Groups business and market conditions as well as providing a common goal for the executive directors, senior management and shareholders. The Committee does not feel that the introduction of non-financial measures for the executive directors is appropriate at this time.

    The Committee reviews performance targets on an annual basis taking into account the Companys annual budgeting process, the economic environment in the jurisdictions in which the Company operates and external expectations.

    Differences in remuneration policy for executive directors and employees in generalThe main difference in remuneration policy between the executive directors and employees in general is the split of fixed and performance related pay such as bonus and long term incentives. Overall the percentage of performance related pay, in particular longer term incentive pay, is greater for the executive directors. This reflects that executive directors have more freedom to act and the consequences of their decisions are likely to have a broader and more far reaching time span of effect than those decisions made by employees with more limited responsibility. As a consequence only executive directors, Executive Committee members and other key employees (currently 29 people) are granted both executive share option and performance share awards. Approximately 414 senior managers are granted executive share option awards on an annual basis, which helps to provide a common focus for management in the Companys decentralised organisation structure, whereas the annual bonuses are related to the performance of individual operating units.

    Bonus arrangements vary throughout the Group and are related to the specific role and the country in which the employee operates. The majority of bonus plans have quantitative targets but the performance measures and targets vary according to each specific role. Sales representatives often have high levels of annual bonus payments which may be commission based.

    When there is a critical mass of employees within a country to make it cost-effective to do so, to encourage wider employee share ownership, an all employee share plan may be offered. Currently plans are offered to all employees based in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, US and UK. In France employees take part in profit sharing arrangements in accordance with local regulations.

    Retirement and other benefits offered to employees across the Group differ according to the country in which the job is based and the function and seniority of the relevant role.

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  • Statement of consideration of employment conditions elsewhere in the GroupThe Committee is provided annually with information on the salaries and proposed increases for the Executive Committee members and other senior direct reports of the Chief Executive, as well as data on the average salary increases within each geographical region within the Group. In addition the Committee reviews and agrees all grants of executive share option and performance share awards.

    In 2017 the majority of employees across the Group have received salary increases in the range of 2.2%3.4%, dependent on geographical location with the principal exception being those employees based in Brazil, Latin America and China where, due to inflation, current market salary increases are much higher. The actual increases received by employees have been based on each individuals contribution and performance as well as the market competitiveness of the salary.

    The Committee considers the general basic salary increase within the geographical regions for the broader employee population when determining the annual salary increases for the executive directors and is cognisant of the Groups overall employment arrangements when reviewing and implementing the executive directors remuneration policy. Although the Committee did not consult with employees with regard to the remuneration policy of the executive directors, the Company does monitor employees views through a regular employee survey.

    Recruitment of executive directors approach to remunerationFor the ongoing stability and growth of the Group, it is important to secure, as necessary, the appointment of high calibre executives to the Board by either external recruitment or internal promotion. The overarching principles applied by the Committee in developing the remuneration package will be to set an appropriate base salary together with benefits and short and long term incentives taking into consideration the skills and experience of the individual, the complexity and breadth of the role, the particular needs and situation of the Group, internal relativities, the marketplace in which the executive will operate and an individuals current remuneration package and location. In addition, the Committee recognises that it may need to meet certain relocation expenses as appropriate.

    To ensure consistency across the Board, any variable pay awards for new executive director appointments will not exceed the maximum limits set out in the policy table above. However, in addition, for an external appointment the Committee may consider offering additional cash and/or share based elements to replace deferred awards forfeited by the individual on leaving their existing employment when it considers these to be in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. Such elements, as appropriate, would be made under Section 9.4.2 of the Listing Rules and would take account of the nature, time horizons and performance requirements attaching to the awards forfeited. Shareholders will be informed of any such payments at the time of appointment.

    For an internal appointment, any variable pay element or benefit awarded in respect of the prior role may be allowed to remain in place according to its terms, adjusted as relevant to take into account the new appointment.

    Executive directors service contractsFrank van Zantens service contract provides for an equal notice period from the Company and the executive of a maximum 12 months notice and any contracts for newly appointed executive directors will provide for equal notice in the future. The other executive directors are employed on contracts that provide for 12 months notice from the Company and six months notice from the executive. For Brian May there is no predetermined compensation for termination of his contract. Patrick Larmons contract provides that on termination by the Company without cause he is entitled to receive payment of 12 months base salary plus health insurance coverage, reduced by any interim earnings. The date of each service contract is noted in the table below.

    Date of service contract

    Frank van Zanten 13 January 2016 Brian May 9 December 2005Patrick Larmon 1 January 2005

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    Policy on payment for departure from officeOn termination of an executive directors service contract, the Committee will take into account the departing directors duty to mitigate his loss when determining the amount of compensation. The Committees policy in respect of the treatment of executive directors leaving the Group is described below and is designed to support a smooth transition from the Company taking into account the interests of shareholders:

    Component of pay

    Voluntary resignation or termination for cause

    Death, ill health, disability (excluding redundancy) Departure on agreed terms

    Base salary, pension and benefits

    Paid for the proportion of the notice period worked and any untaken holidays pro-rated to the leaving date

    Paid up to the date of death or leaving, including any untaken holidays pro-rated to such date. In the case of ill health, a payment in lieu of notice may be made and, according to the circumstances, may be subject to mitigation. In such circumstances some benefits such as company car or medical insurance may be retained until the end of the notice period

    Treatment will normally fall between the two treatments described in the previous columns, subject to the discretion of the Committee and the terms of any termination agreement. However in the case of retirement of an executive director unvested performance shares will normally be subject to time proration based on the proportion of the performance period that has expired

    Annual bonus cash

    Cessation of employment during a bonus year will normally result in no cash bonus being paid

    Cessation of employment during a bonus year or after the year end but prior to the normal bonus payment date will result in cash and deferred bonus being paid and pro-rated for the relevant portion of the financial year worked and performance achieved

    Annual bonus deferred shares

    Unvested deferred shares will lapse

    In the case of the death of an executive, all deferred shares will be transferred to the estate as soon as possible after death. In all other cases, subject to the discretion of the Committee, unvested deferred shares will be transferred to the individual on a date determined by the Committee

    Executive share options

    Unvested executive share options will lapse

    Tax advantaged options will vest in full on the cessation of employment and be exercisable for the following 12 months after which any unexercised options will lapse

    Subject to the discretion of the Committee, unvested non-tax advantaged share options will normally be retained by the individual for the remainder of the vesting period and remain subject to the relevant performance conditions. However in the case of the death of an executive, the Committee will determine the extent to which the unvested options may be exercised within 12 months of the date of death

    Performance shares

    Unvested performance shares will lapse

    Subject to the discretion of the Committee, unvested performance shares will normally be retained by the individual for the remainder of the vesting period and remain subject to the relevant performance conditions but may be subject to time proration. However in the case of the death of an executive, the Committee will determine the extent to which the unvested performance shares may be exercised within 12 months of the date of death

    Options under Sharesave

    As per HMRC regulations As per HMRC regulations

    Other None Disbursements such as legal costs and outplacement fees

    Notes

    a) For share options granted under Part A of the 2004 LTIP, any unvested executive share options which are subject to the discretion of the Committee may vest in full on the termination date and be exercisable for the following 12 months after which any unexercised options will lapse.

    b) The Committee will have the authority to settle any legal claims against the Company, e.g. for unfair dismissal etc, that might arise on termination.

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  • Discretions retained by the Committee in operating the incentive plansThe Committee operates the Groups various incentive plans according to their respective rules and in accordance with HMRC and IRS rules where relevant. To ensure the efficient administration of these plans, the Committee may apply certain operational discretions. These include the following:

    selecting the participants in the plans; determining the timing of grants and/or payments; determining the quantum of grants and/or payments (within the limits set out in the policy table above); adjusting the constituents of the TSR comparator group; determining the extent of vesting based on the assessment of performance; determining good leaver status and the extent of vesting in the case of the share based plans; determining the extent of vesting of awards under share based plans in the event of a change of control; making the appropriate adjustments required in certain circumstances (e.g. rights issues, corporate restructuring events, variation

    of capital and special dividends); and under the annual review of weighting of performance measures, setting targets for the annual bonus plan and 2014 LTIP from year

    to year.

    The Committee may vary the performance conditions applying to share based awards if an event occurs which causes the Committee to consider that it would be appropriate to amend the performance conditions, provided the Committee considers the varied conditions are fair and reasonable and not materially less challenging than the original conditions would have been but for the event in question.

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    2017 Remuneration overviewThe remuneration package comprises both core fixed elements (base salary, pension and other benefits) and performance based variable elements (cash bonus, the DASBS and the LTIP). The Committee has set a guideline that for on-target performance approximately half of the remuneration package should be performance related. The structure of the remuneration packages for on-target and stretch performance for each of the executive directors for 2017, in line with the new remuneration policy, is illustrated in the bar charts below.

    75% 25%

    36% 28%24%12%

    24% 38%30%8%Stretch performance (Total 2,291,513)

    Target performance (Total 1,556,297)

    Brian MayBelow threshold performance (Total 739,991)

    98% 2%

    40% 32%27%

    41%

    1%

    1%26% 32%Stretch performance (Total 3,422,427)

    Target performance (Total 2,236,595)

    Patrick LarmonBelow threshold performance (Total 919,972)

    86%

    45% 26%22%7%

    30% 35%30%5%Stretch performance (Total 4,062,921)

    Target performance (Total 2,747,121)

    Frank van ZantenBelow threshold performance (Total 1,431,321)

    Salary and benefits Pension Bonus (Cash/DASBS) LTIP

    14%

    Notes

    a) Salary represents annual salary for 2017. Benefits such as a car or car allowance and private medical insurance have been included based on 2016 figures. In the case of Frank van Zanten, benefits also include the transitional international relocation package including accommodation, which are gross amounts before taxes, referred to on page 75. Patrick Larmons salary is paid in US dollars and has been translated at the 2016 year end closing exchange rate of 1: US$1.24.

    b) Pension represents the cost of pension accrued in 2016 in the Defined Benefit Section of the Bunzl Pension Plan for Brian May, the value of the annual pension allowance for Frank van Zanten and Brian May and the total of the Companys contributions to Patrick Larmons 401K Plan and Retirement Savings Benefit (the RSB). No further contributions were made through the Defined Contribution Senior Executive Retirement Agreement (SERA), further details of which are shown on page 79.

    c) Below threshold performance comprises salary, benefits and pension only with no bonus awarded and no LTIP awards vested.

    d) Target performance comprises annual bonus awarded at target level (i.e. for 2017 an on-target bonus of 75% of base salary for Frank van Zanten and 70% of base salary for Brian May and Patrick Larmon comprised of half cash and half deferred shares under the DASBS) and, for the LTIP, an assumption that 50% of performance shares will vest and that 50% of the share options will vest and deliver 30% of their face value in gain to the executives.

    e) Stretch performance comprises annual bonus awarded at maximum level (i.e for 2017, the maximum annual bonus will be limited to 150% of base salary for Frank van Zanten and 125% of base salary for Brian May and Patrick Larmon comprised of half cash and half deferred shares under the DASBS) and, for the LTIP, an assumption that 100% of performance shares will vest delivering 100% of their face value in gain to the executive directors and 100% of share options will vest which will deliver 30% of their face value in gain to the executives.

    Legacy arrangementsThe directors remuneration policy first approved by shareholders at the 2014 AGM gave authority to the Company to honour any commitments entered into with current or former directors (that have been disclosed to shareholders in previous remuneration reports) or internally promoted future directors (in each case, such as the payment of a pension or the unwind of legacy share plans). Details of any payments to former directors will be set out in the remuneration report as they arise.

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  • Policy of executive directors external appointmentsWith the specific approval of the Board in each case, executive directors may accept external appointments as non-executive directors of other companies and retain any related fees paid to them.

    Non-executive directors terms of appointmentOn appointment of a new Chairman of the Board or non-executive director, the fees will be set taking into account the experience and calibre of the individual and the prevailing fee rates of the other non-executive directors at that time.

    The non-executive directors do not have service contracts with the Company but instead have letters of appointment. The date of appointment and the most recent re-appointment and the length of service for each non-executive director are shown in the table below.

    Date ofappointment

    Date of lastre-appointment

    at AGM

    Length of service as at

    2017 AGM

    Philip Rogerson 1 January 2010 20 April 2016 7 years 3 monthsDavid Sleath* 1 September 2007 20 April 2016 9 years 7 monthsEugenia Ulasewicz 1 April 2011 20 April 2016 6 yearsJean-Charles Pauze 1 January 2013 20 April 2016 4 years 3 monthsMeinie Oldersma** 1 April 2013 20 April 2016 n/aVanda Murray 1 February 2015 20 April 2016 2 years 2 monthsLloyd Pitchford 1 March 2017 n/a 1 month

    * David Sleath will retire from the Board at the conclusion of the 2017 AGM to be held on 19 April 2017 and Lloyd Pitchford will be appointed to the Board as a non-executive director with effect from 1 March 2017 and will assume the role of Chairman of the Audit Committee upon David Sleaths retirement. At the same time Vanda Murray will assume the role of Senior Independent Director.

    **Meinie Oldersma retired from the Board on 22 August 2016.

    On termination, at any time, a non-executive director is entitled to any accrued but unpaid directors fees but not to any other compensation.

    Fees policy for Chairman and non-executive directors (the NEDs)

    Purpose provision of a competitive fee to attract NEDs who have a broad range of experience and skills to oversee the implementation of the Companys strategy

    Operation determined in light of market practice and with reference to time commitment and responsibilities associated with the roles

    annual fees are paid in 12 equal monthly instalments during the year the Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit and Remuneration Committees are paid an extra

    fee to reflect their additional responsibilities the NEDs and the Chairman are not eligible to receive benefits and do not participate in pension or incentive

    plans. Expenses incurred in respect of their duties as directors of the Company are reimbursed the NEDs fees are reviewed annually in January each year and the Chairmans fee is reviewed biennially, the

    last date being February 2016 the Board as a whole considers the policy and structure for the NEDs fees on the recommendation of the

    Chairman and the Chief Executive. The NEDs do not participate in discussions on their specific levels of remuneration; the Chairmans fees are set by the Committee

    Maximum potential value

    determined within the overall aggregate annual limit of 1,000,000 authorised by shareholders with reference to the Companys Articles of Association

    Performance metrics

    not eligible to participate in any performance related elements of remuneration

    Statement of consideration of shareholder viewsThe Committee considers shareholder feedback received in relation to the AGM each year and guidance from shareholder representative bodies more generally. In addition the Committee consults proactively with its major shareholders prior to making significant changes to its policy. The Committee has consulted with major shareholders and proxy voting groups with regard to the proposed changes to the remuneration policy to be submitted for approval at the 2017 AGM.

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    Annual report on remuneration for 2016Committee remit and membershipThe following independent non-executive directors were members of the Committee during 2016:

    Date of appointment to the Committee

    Meetings eligible to attend

    Meetingsattendance

    David Sleath 5 December 2007 4 4Eugenia Ulasewicz 20 April 2011 4 4Jean-Charles Pauze 1 January 2013 4 3Meinie Oldersma* 1 April 2013 2 2Vanda Murray 1 February 2015 4 4

    *Meinie Oldersma retired from the Board on 22 August 2016.

    The Secretary to the Committee is Julie Welch, Director of Group Human Resources. No director plays any part in determining his or her remuneration. During the year ended 31 December 2016, both the Chief Executive and the Chairman were consulted and invited to attend meetings of the Committee but were not present during any part of the meeting when their own remuneration was under consideration.

    The terms of reference of the Committee have been formally adopted by the Board and are available for inspection in the Investor Centre section of the Companys website, www.bunzl.com. The key responsibilities of the Committee include:

    ensuring that executive directors and senior executives are properly incentivised to attract, retain and fairly reward them for their individual contribution to the Company and having due regard to the policies and practices applied to the rest of the employees within the Group;

    determining the framework or broad policy for the remuneration of the Chairman and the executive directors of the Board including setting their individual remuneration packages as well as their level of remuneration and overseeing all the Companys long term incentive plans;

    ensuring that remuneration is aligned with and supports the Companys strategy and performance, having due regard to the shareholders and to the financial and commercial health of the Company, while at the same time not encouraging undue risk taking; and

    communicating and discussing any remuneration issues with the Companys stakeholders as and when appropriate.

    Advisers to the Remuneration CommitteeIn carrying out these responsibilities, the Committee seeks external remuneration advice as necessary. During the year the Committee received advice from PwC and Aon Hewitt. PwC provided external survey data on directors remuneration and benefit levels. Aon Hewitt provided information to determine whether, and if so to what extent, the performance conditions attached to existing share option and performance share awards under the LTIP had been satisfied and in addition advised the Committee on the changes to the remuneration policy. The fees payable to each adviser, based on hourly rates, were: 12,700 (PwC) and 34,170 (Aon Hewitt) respectively for such work undertaken in 2016. In addition to the work undertaken on behalf of the Committee, PwC, who are the Companys external auditors, also provided a limited amount of non-audit services to the Company as set out in Note 4 to the consolidated financial statements. Looking forward, any other non-audit services required by the Company will, in the main, be provided by other firms to ensure the independence of PwCs work as auditors.

    Statement of voting at the 2016 AGM for the remuneration report and at the 2014 AGM for the remuneration policyThe remuneration report and remuneration policy received the following shareholder votes in 2016 and in 2014 respectively, being the years that they were last voted on by shareholders:

    Votes cast

    Votes For

    % of shares voted

    Votes Against

    % of shares voted

    Votes Withheld

    Remuneration report (2016 AGM) 273,654,330 201,947,243 73.80 71,707,087 26.20 296,109Remuneration policy (2014 AGM) 264,349,297 258,510,901 97.79 5,838,396 2.21 600,455

    Notes

    a) The votes For include votes given at the Company Chairmans discretion.

    b) A vote Withheld is not a vote in law and is not counted in the calculation of the votes For or Against the resolution. Votes For and Against are expressed as a percentage of the votes cast.

    c) Following the voting outcome at the 2016 AGM, the Committee has considered the views of shareholders that were raised in relation to the remuneration report for the year ended 31 December 2015 and addressed the question of treatment of long term incentive awards for executive directors who retire in its policy review and consultation with shareholders this year. The new remuneration policy introduces time proration of performance shares on retirement.

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  • Single total figure of remuneration 2016 (audited information)Executive directors

    Salary000

    Taxablebenefits

    000Bonus

    000LTIP000

    Pension000

    Total000

    2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015

    Michael Roney 274.6 922.0 5.1 16.7 680.4 1,862.9 2,042.2 83.7 276.6 2,226.3 3,937.9Frank van Zanten 652.0 369.5 490.8 692.9 158.3 2,363.5 Brian May 530.0 515.0 17.0 16.7 406.0 380.1 977.1 1,061.9 182.4 184.3 2,112.5 2,158.0Patrick Larmon 779.4 677.1 27.7 18.9 512.4 369.0 1,124.1 1,187.9 16.1 14.3 2,459.7 2,267.2 Total 2,236.0 2,114.1 419.3 52.3 1,409.2 1,429.5 4,657.0 4,292.0 440.5 475.2 9,162.0 8,363.1

    Non-executive directorsBoard

    fees000

    CommitteeChair/SIDfees 000

    Total000

    2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015

    Philip Rogerson 340.0 325.0 340.0 325.0David Sleath 67.5 66.0 32.0 26.3 99.5 92.3Eugenia Ulasewicz 67.5 66.0 67.5 66.0Jean-Charles Pauze 67.5 66.0 67.5 66.0Meinie Oldersma 43.8 66.0 43.8 66.0Vanda Murray 67.5 60.5 16.0 10.6 83.5 71.1Total 653.8 649.5 48.0 36.9 701.8 686.4

    Notesa) Michael Roney retired as Chief Executive on 20 April 2016 and left the employment of the Company on 30 April 2016; an amount of 52,357 was paid to him in respect of his

    employment for the period from 20 April until 30 April 2016.b) Frank van Zanten was appointed to the Board on 1 February 2016 and became Chief Executive upon Michael Roneys retirement on 20 April 2016 at a salary of 800,000 per annum.c) The figures above represent remuneration earned as directors during the relevant financial year including the bonus of which the cash element, 50% of the bonus, is paid in the

    year following that in which it is earned. The other 50% of the bonus shown above is deferred and conditionally awarded as shares under the rules of the DASBS. Shares relating to the 2015 deferred bonus were awarded in 2016 as shown in the table on page 84 and the shares relating to the 2016 deferred bonus will be awarded in 2017.

    d) Benefits provided for all executive directors are a car or car allowance and medical insurance coverage for them and their families. In addition to these, Frank van Zantens benefits include a transitional international relocation package from Amsterdam to London following his appointment as Chief Executive in April 2016 which are grossed up for taxes. This includes assistance with accommodation, removal costs and school fees. In addition Patrick Larmons club fees are paid by the Company.

    e) The long term incentives are in the form of awards under the 2004 LTIP which were granted in April and October 2013 and February 2014 and under the 2014 LTIP granted in August 2014. Long term incentive figures exclude any gain from the purchase of shares by Patrick Larmon through the ESPP described on page 67.

    f) The figures shown in relation to 2015 for the LTIP have been restated from those figures shown in the 2015 Annual Report to reflect the difference between the relevant grant price and the value of the LTIP awards on the actual date of vesting on 28 February 2016 and 30 August 2016 at the closing mid-market share price of 1,935p and 2,413p respectively.

    g) The remuneration for Patrick Larmon is determined and paid in US dollars and has been translated at the average exchange rates for the year of 1: US$1.36 in respect of 2016 and 1: US$1.53 in respect of 2015.

    h) The value of the LTIP award for Frank van Zanten for 2016 relates to vesting of awards that were granted prior to becoming Chief Executive.i) 977,005 of the LTIP amount shown in 2016 for Michael Roney relates to exercises of LTIP awards which vested during 2016 after the termination of his employment

    as an executive director.j) As Meinie Oldersma resigned from the Board on 22 August 2016, the 2016 fees of 43,800 have been paid until this date. No payments were or are to be made to former directors in

    respect of loss of office and no payments were made to former directors during the year other than as expressed in Note a) and i) above. In addition to the remuneration paid to directors in 2015 shown above, Peter Johnson, who retired as a non-executive director during the year, received remuneration of 28,400 in respect of the period 1 January 2015 to 15 April 2015, the date of his retirement.

    Executive directors annual salary (audited information)Executive directors salaries were reviewed with effect from 1 January 2016 in accordance with normal policy and were increased taking into account the average salary increases for employees across the Group.

    Salaryfrom

    1 January 2016

    Salaryfrom

    1 January 2015

    Increasein salary

    2015 to2016

    Michael Roney 922,000 922,000 0%Frank van Zanten 800,000 Brian May 530,000 515,000 2.9%Patrick Larmon US$1,060,000 US$1,036,000 2.3%

    Notesa) Michael Roneys base salary was 922,000 and was paid until his termination date of 30 April 2016. b) Frank van Zantens base salary was 800,000 from 20 April 2016 upon his appointment as Chief Executive.

    Executive directors salaries were also reviewed with effect from 1 January 2017 and the increases awarded are shown on page 83.

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    Executive directors external appointmentsMichael Roney served as a non-executive director of Brown-Forman Corporation throughout 2016 and from 1 January 2016 until the termination of his employment with the Company on 30 April 2016 retained fees of US$73,216. Frank van Zanten served as a non-executive director of Grafton Group plc throughout 2016 and during the year retained fees of 70,000. Brian May served as a non-executive director of United Utilities Group PLC throughout 2016 and during the year retained fees of 78,066. Patrick Larmon served as a non-executive director of Bodycote plc from 13 September 2016 and during the remainder of the year retained fees of 16,039. In addition, he has also served as a non-executive director of Huttig Building Products, Inc. throughout 2016 and retained fees of US$109,664 which included US$57,644 worth of deferred shares which vested in 2016.

    Non-executive directors fees (audited information)The Chairmans fee is reviewed every two years with the most recent review having taken place with effect from 1 January 2016. The fees for the non-executive directors were reviewed with effect from 1 January 2016 in accordance with normal policy.

    With effect fromJanuary 2016

    Fees paidin 2015

    Increase in fees2015 to 2016

    Chairmans fee 340,000 325,000 4.6%Non-executive director fee 67,500 66,000 2.3%Supplements: Senior Independent Director 16,000 16,000 0%Audit Committee Chairman 16,000 15,000 6.7%Remuneration Committee Chairman 16,000 15,000 6.7%

    The non-executive directors fees were reviewed with effect from 1 January 2017 and the increases awarded are shown on page 83.

    Performance against annual bonus targets (audited information) The annual bonus plan and DASBS currently operate as set out in the policy section on pages 61 and 62 of the 2015 Annual Report. For Frank van Zanten, the bonus opportunity for 2016 was split between performance in terms of PBITA and RAOC based on the Continental Europe (CE) business area from 1 February 2016 to 19 April 2016 and the performance of the Group from 20 April 2016 on his appointment to Chief Executive. His bonus opportunity as Chief Executive was based on growth in the Companys constant exchange rate eps relative to budget which was modified by the achievement of the Groups RAOC relative to budget. All of Brian Mays and 25% of Patrick Larmons bonus potential in 2016 related to growth in the Companys constant exchange rate eps relative to budget which was modified by the achievement of the Groups RAOC relative to budget. For Patrick Larmon, a further 75% of his bonus potential related to the PBITA performance of North America (NA) which was modified by the achievement of NAs RAOC relative to the target set and measured on a constant exchange rate basis. The results for 2016 against the targets set were as follows:

    Performance against targetsPrimary Modifier

    Group performance

    On-targetbonus opportunity

    as % salaryThreshold

    epsTarget

    epsStretch

    eps

    % actual constantexchange rate eps

    relative to target

    2016 bonus as %of salary before

    modifier applied

    RAOC for theGroup relative

    to target (55.5%)

    2016 bonusaward as %

    of salary

    Frank van Zanten 70% 89.7p 94.2p 103.6p 101.1% of target performance

    74.8% 1.023 76.6%

    Brian May 70% 89.7p 94.2p 103.6p 101.1% of target performance

    74.8% 1.023 76.6%

    Patrick Larmon 17.5% 89.7p 94.2p 103.6p 101.1% of target performance

    19.1% 1.023 19.5%

    (CE) performance

    On-targetbonus opportunity

    as % of salaryTarget CE

    PBITA

    % PBITA of CE businesses

    relative to target

    Bonus as %of salary before

    modifier applied

    % RAOC for theCE businesses

    relative to target

    Frank van Zanten 60% 150.6m 102.6% 66.5% 1.005 66.8%

    (NA) performance

    Target NAPBITA (constant

    exchange rateUS$)

    % PBITA ofNA businesses

    relative to target

    Bonus as %of salary before

    modifier applied

    % RAOC for theNA businesses

    relativeto budget

    Patrick Larmon 52.5% US$398.3m98.9% of target

    performance 44.7% 1.034 46.2%

    Notes

    a) For the Group performance table above the annual on-target bonus opportunity for Frank van Zanten and Brian May is 70% of salary with a threshold award of 49% of salary and a maximum award of 115% of salary and for Patrick Larmon is 70% of salary with a threshold award of 31% of salary and a maximum award of 110% of salary.

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  • Threshold performance was 95% of target and the maximum bonus award would have been paid out at 110% of the target for Group performance and 107.5% of target for NA performance.

    b) The bonuses derived from the primary measures shown above are increased, decreased or remain unchanged according to the actual performance against the relevant RAOC modifier. The modifier is unlikely to change the bonus determined by the primary measure by more than 5% up or down.

    c) Frank van Zantens bonus award is shown for both Group and CE performance.

    d) In accordance with his departure terms, no bonus payment was made to Michael Roney for the 2016 financial year (see page 82).

    e) At target exchange rates the adjusted eps for 2016 was 95.2p.

    Accordingly the total payments under the annual bonus plans were:

    Total bonus payment (cash and deferred shares) as a % of salary2016

    %2015

    %2014

    %2013

    %2012

    %

    Michael Roney 73.8 98.0 104.2 77.0Frank van Zanten 75.3 Brian May 76.6 73.8 98.0 104.2 77.0Patrick Larmon 65.7 54.5 69.7 85.3 85.9

    The monetary values of the bonus payments for 2016 and 2015 are included in the table on page 75.

    LTIP grants/awards with performance periods ending in 2016 (audited information)Executive share option awards LTIP Part AExecutive share option awards, granted three years previously, are due to vest on 27 February 2017 and 29 August 2017. The Committee assessed the relevant performance of the Company against the performance conditions:

    LTIP Part A 27 February 2014 awards

    Performance measure

    Vesting schedule

    RPI growth (Dec 2013

    to Dec 2016)

    Target growth (3% p.a. above

    RPI growth)Actual eps

    growth% vesting

    (max 100%)

    Eps growth relativeto RPI (over threeyear period to31 December 2016)

    100% vestingfor target

    performance5.4% 14.7% 28.8% 100%

    LTIP Part A 29 August 2014 awardsPerformance measure

    Vesting schedule

    Threshold target(5% p.a.)

    Maximum target(8% p.a.)

    Actual epsgrowth

    % vesting(max 100%)

    Eps growth (over three yearperiod to31 December 2016)

    25% vesting for target performance, 100%

    vesting for maximum performance

    15.8% 26.0% 28.8% 100%

    Date ofgrant

    Number of shares granted

    Vestingoutcome

    Estimated value ofaward vesting

    Michael Roney 27 February 201429 August 2014

    43,00054,600

    100%100%

    245,100270,270

    Frank van Zanten 27 February 201429 August 2014

    16,20018,800

    100%100%

    92,34093,060

    Brian May 27 February 201429 August 2014

    22,50029,000

    100%100%

    128,250143,550

    Patrick Larmon 27 February 201429 August 2014

    25,50035,500

    100%100%

    145,350175,725

    Note

    Included in the single total figure of remuneration table on page 75 is the estimated value of these awards based on the difference between the exercise price and the average of the Companys closing mid-market share price for the three month period ended 31 December 2016 (2,136p).

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    Performance shares LTIP Part BAwards of performance shares were made to the executive directors on 5 April 2013 and 7 October 2013 with the three year TSR performance periods being completed during the financial year on 31 March 2016 and 30 September 2016 respectively. The Committee subsequently assessed the performance of the Company against the relevant performance conditions:

    LTIP Part B 5 April 2013 and 7 October 2013 awards

    Performance measure

    Vesting schedule

    RPI growth (Dec 2012

    to Dec 2015)

    Threshold target(4% p.a. above

    RPI growth)

    Maximum target(10% p.a. above

    RPI growth)Actual eps

    growth% vesting

    (max 50%)

    Eps growthrelative to RPI (overthree year period to31 December 2015)

    25% vesting for threshold

    performance, 100% vesting for maximum performance

    5.6% 18.1% 38.7% 28.9% 32.2%

    Performance measure

    Performance Period

    Vesting schedule

    Threshold target(median)

    Maximum target(upper quartile) Actual TSR

    % vesting(max 50%)

    TSR relative tocomparator groupof bespoke peer companies

    1 April 2013 to 31 March 2016

    25% vesting for threshold

    performance, 100% vesting for maximum performance

    12.3%22nd out of 43

    53.075%11th out of 43

    61.7%5th out of 43 50.0%

    1 October 2013 to 30 September 2016

    15.9%19th out of 38

    48.8%10th out of 38

    81.0%4th out of 38 50.0%

    Date ofgrant

    Number of shares granted

    Vesting outcome eps

    Vestingoutcome TSR

    Value ofaward vesting

    Michael Roney 5 April 20137 October 2013

    38,50037,000 32.2%

    50%50%

    640,774706,735

    Frank van Zanten 5 April 20137 October 2013

    15,00013,500 32.2%

    50%50%

    249,652257,863

    Brian May 5 April 20137 October 2013

    20,00019,500 32.2%

    50%50%

    332,870372,469

    Patrick Larmon 5 April 20137 October 2013

    23,00022,000 32.2%

    50%50%

    382,800420,221

    Note

    Included in the single total figure of remuneration table on page 75 is the value of these vested awards at the closing mid-market share price on the dates of vesting, 5 April 2016 and 7 October 2016, which were 2,025p and 2,324p respectively.

    Total pension entitlements (audited information)

    Pension plans normal

    retirementage

    Additionalvalue

    of pension on early

    retirement

    Pensionvalue inthe yearfrom DBscheme

    Value ofcash allowance

    includingany company DC

    and/or 401kcontributions

    in 2016

    Totalpension

    2016

    Michael Roney 83,748 83,748Frank van Zanten 158,295 158,295Brian May 60 68,515 113,910 182,425 Patrick Larmon 65 16,120 16,120

    Notes

    a) Michael Roney received a pension allowance of 30% of basic salary and retired as Chief Executive on 20 April 2016 and left the employment of the Company on 30 April 2016.

    b) As Chief Executive Frank van Zanten receives a pension allowance of 25% of base salary. Prior to this his pension allowance was 20% of basic salary.

    c) Brian May, who joined the Group in the UK prior to the closure of the defined benefit (DB) sections of the Bunzl Pension Plan (BPP), is a member of the Bunzl Senior Pension Section of the BPP. His pension accrues at the rate of 2.4% per annum up to two thirds of the pensionable salary cap. The pensionable salary cap is notionally 150,600 for tax year 2016/17 and 149,400 for tax year 2015/16. The employee contribution rate is currently 10% of pensionable salary.

    d) In addition to benefits from the BPP, Brian May receives a pension allowance of 30% of base salary above the pensionable salary cap which permits him to make provision, of his own choice, in respect of that part of his salary which exceeds the cap.

    e) Patrick Larmon originally joined the US Plan, subject to IRS limits, which accrued at a rate of 1.67% per annum up to 50% of the five year average pensionable salary less the primary social security benefit, with a normal retirement age of 65 years. Pensionable salary in the US Plan is capped at US$140,000. On closure of the US Plan, Patrick Larmon chose to freeze his benefit and no further benefits have accrued. Patrick Larmon is currently a member of a defined contribution (DC) plan, the Retirement Saving Benefit (RSB). Contributions to the RSB are fully funded by the employer on a sliding scale that is age related. The contributions are a percentage of base salary (maximum 5%) which is capped at US$200,000 per annum. The Company made contributions in respect of Patrick Larmon in 2016 of 7,352 (2015: 6,536).

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  • f) In addition, Patrick Larmon receives a supplementary pension through a defined benefit Senior Executive Retirement Agreement (SERA). Patrick Larmons SERA, which became fully accrued in 2012, provides for a lifetime pension of US$100,000 per annum, payable upon retirement. No further SERA payments were made in 2016 (2015 : US$45,007).

    g) Patrick Larmon also participates in the Bunzl USA, LLC Deferred Savings (401k) Plan. The Company makes matching contributions to this Plan. During 2016 contributions for Patrick Larmon amounted to 8,768 (2015: 7,794).

    LTIP grant policyConditional awards of executive share options and performance shares are granted twice a year to executive directors and other senior executives. Executive share option awards are normally granted in February or March and August or September dependent on the date of announcement of the Companys results. Performance share awards are normally granted in April and October each year. Executive share options were granted in March and September 2016 and performance share awards were granted in April and October 2016 under the 2014 LTIP in accordance with the policy and performance conditions as approved at the 2014 AGM.

    LTIP interests awarded during the financial year (audited information)

    Plan Date of grant Basis of awardFace value

    000

    % vesting atthreshold

    performanceNumber

    of sharesPerformance

    period end date

    Frank van Zanten 2014 LTIP Part A 03.03.16 77.5% of salary 313.8 100% 16,135 31.12.182014 LTIP Part B 11.04.16 50% of salary 212.7 25% 10,369 31.03.192014 LTIP Part A 02.09.16 124.5% of salary 996.0 100% 42,636 31.12.182014 LTIP Part B 11.10.16 68.09% of salary 544.7 25% 23,428 30.09.19

    Brian May 2014 LTIP Part A 03.03.16 95% of salary 503.5 100% 25,887 31.12.182014 LTIP Part B 11.04.16 52.5% of salary 278.2 25% 13,566 31.03.192014 LTIP Part A 02.09.16 95% of salary 503.5 100% 21,553 31.12.182014 LTIP Part B 11.10.16 52.5% of salary 278.2 25% 11,967 30.09.19

    Patrick Larmon 2014 LTIP Part A 03.03.16 95% of salary 716.0 100% 36,810 31.12.182014 LTIP Part B 11.04.16 52.5% of salary 394.5 25% 19,235 31.03.192014 LTIP Part A 02.09.16 95% of salary 757.1 100% 32,411 31.12.182014 LTIP Part B 11.10.16 52.5% of salary 449.6 25% 19,338 30.09.19

    Note

    The face value of the awards is calculated using the closing mid-market share price on the day prior to the grant of the award. Options were awarded under the 2014 LTIP Part A on 3 March 2016 and on 2 September 2016 at a value of 1,945p and 2,336p per share respectively. Performance shares were awarded under the 2014 LTIP Part B on 11 April 2016 and on 11 October 2016 at a value of 2,051p and 2,325p per share respectively.

    Performance conditions for 2016 awardsThe performance conditions for the executive share options and performance shares awarded under the 2014 LTIP to the Companys executive directors, Executive Committee members and selected key employees in 2016 were as detailed below.

    Executive share option awards LTIP Part AExecutive share options may vest based solely on the Companys eps growth (adjusted to exclude items which do not reflect the Companys underlying financial performance) over three years, based on the following sliding scale:

    Absolute annual growth in the Companys eps over a three year period Proportion of share option awards exercisable

    Below 5% Nil5% 25%Between 5% and 8% Pro rata between 25%100%8% or above 100%

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    Performance share awards LTIP Part BThe extent to which half of the awards may vest is subject to a performance condition based on the Companys eps growth (adjusted to exclude items which do not reflect the Companys underlying financial performance) over three years, based on the following sliding scale:

    Absolute annual growth in the Companys eps over a three year period Proportion of performance share awards exercisable

    Below 6% Nil6% 25%Between 6% and 12% Pro rata between 25%100%12% or above 100%

    The extent to which the other half of the performance share awards may vest is subject to the Companys TSR performance, a combination of both the Companys share price and dividend performance during the three year performance period, relative to the TSR performance of a specified comparator group of similarly sized companies with large international presence. These performance share awards may vest based on the following sliding scale:

    TSR Proportion of performance share awards exercisable

    Below median NilMedian 25%Between median and upper quartile Pro rata between 25%100%Upper quartile or above 100%

    The applicable comparator group for the 2016 awards were those companies in the FTSE 50 150 with significant international operations, excluding companies in the financial services, oil & gas and natural resources sectors.

    Shareholder dilutionIn accordance with The Investment Association Principles of Remuneration, the Company can satisfy awards to employees under all its share plans with new issue shares or shares issued from treasury up to a maximum of 10% of its issued share capital (adjusted for share issuance and cancellation) in a rolling 10 year period. Within this 10% limit, the Company can only issue (as newly issued shares or from treasury), 5% of its issued share capital (adjusted for share issuance and cancellation) to satisfy awards under executive (discretionary) plans.

    As well as the LTIP, the Company operates various all employee share schemes as described on page 67. Newly issued shares are currently used to satisfy the exercise of options under the Sharesave Scheme and the International and Irish Sharesave Plans. Awards under the LTIP of executive options and performance shares are principally satisfied by shares delivered from the Employee Benefit Trust which buys shares on the market, unless security laws in relevant jurisdictions prevent this.

    Limit on awards

    Cumulative options and performance shares granted as a percentage of issued share capital

    as at 31 December 2016

    10% in any rolling 10 year period 2.2%5% in any rolling 10 year period (executive (discretionary) plans) 1.2%

    Statement of directors shareholding and share interests (audited information)As at 31 December 2016, all executive directors and their connected persons have a shareholding as follows:

    Actual share ownership as a percentageof salary at 31 December 2016

    at the closing mid-market price(2,109p)

    Frank van Zanten 185% Brian May 419%Patrick Larmon 345%

    Note

    Under the terms of the Company remuneration policy Frank van Zanten has a period of up to three years to build up his shareholding requirement of not less than 200% of his base salary (which is proposed to increase to 250% under the new remuneration policy to be proposed at the 2017 AGM). In his previous role, he was not required to meet a shareholding requirement.

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  • Interests in shares and share optionsThe interests of the directors, and their connected persons, in the Companys ordinary shares and share options to 31 December 2016 were:

    Shares Options (LTIP Part A and Sharesave)Total

    interests held

    Ownedoutright

    Unvestedand subject

    to holdingperiod

    (DASBS)

    Unvestedand subject toperformance

    conditions(LTIP Part B)

    Unvestedand subject to performance

    conditions

    Unvestedsubject tocontinued

    employment

    Vestedbut not

    exercised

    Frank van Zanten 57,261 25,732 79,034 126,467 1,642 18,000 308,136Brian May 105,240 38,650 88,221 153,441 2,173 24,500 412,225Patrick Larmon 127,623 38,542 117,807 201,160 130,000 615,132Philip Rogerson 10,000 10,000David Sleath 4,000 4,000Eugenia Ulasewicz 4,000 4,000Jean-Charles Pauze 2,500 2,500Meinie Oldersma* 2,500 2,500Vanda Murray 3,000 3,000

    * As Meinie Oldersma resigned from the Board on 22 August 2016, the above represents his holding at that date.

    Performance graph and tableSchedule 8 to the Large and Medium-sized Companies and Groups (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008 requires that the Company must provide a graph comparing the TSR performance of a hypothetical holding of shares in the Company with a broad equity market index over an eight year period. The Companys TSR performance against the FTSE 350 Support Services Sector over an eight year period commencing on 1 January 2009 is shown to the right.

    100

    160

    220

    280

    340

    400

    460

    Source: Thomson Reuters Datastream

    2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

    BunzlFTSE 350 Support Services

    Chief Executives pay in last eight years (audited information)The table below summarises the Chief Executives single total figure of remuneration, annual bonus and long term incentive pay out as a percentage of maximum opportunity for 2016 and the previous seven years.

    2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

    Single total figure of remuneration 000 1,943.2 2,314.2 3,394.1 3,502.9 4,387.6 4,766.8 3,937.9 3,718.3

    Annual variable element award rates against maximum opportunity 45% 71% 99% 67% 91% 85% 64% 45%

    Long term incentive vesting rates against maximum opportunity LTIP Part A (options) 100% 100% 100% 10