political contributions & lobbying
Public policy decisions often have significant implications for Chevron's current operations and future direction. Accordingly, Chevron exercises its fundamental right and responsibility to participate in the political process. Our activities meet high ethical standards, are done in accordance with strict company procedures and guidelines, are aligned with company interests, and are done in a manner that demonstrates accountability and transparency.
philosophy and rationale
Chevron makes political contributions where permitted by law and, consistent with company policy, to support political candidates and political organizations or ballot measures that are committed to economic development, free enterprise and good government. We also advocate our positions on proposed policies that will affect the company's ability to meet the growing demand for energy and encourage our employees, retirees and others to communicate with officials when permitted by law.
We lobby ethically, constructively and in a nonpartisan manner through direct communication with public officials. We comply with all registration and reporting regulations related to our lobbying activities.
Chevron is committed to adhering to the highest standards of ethics and transparency in its political activities, and to complying with the letter of all laws and regulations governing political contributions and lobbying. As a matter of practice, Chevron only makes contributions in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Lobbying – Chevron's lobbying is comprised of the direct activities of our employees and consultants, and the indirect activities of our trade associations. Prior to engaging in lobbying activities, employees must obtain guidance from their local Policy, Government and Public Affairs (PGPA) manager.
Chevron is engaging the administration of U.S. President Trump and the U.S. Congress to provide perspective on the complexity of energy issues affecting the United States and the world. Our outreach includes recommendations on policy matters regarding the economy, energy, climate change, international issues, education, and research and development. For example, Chevron often files comments to proposed regulations from U.S. agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Interior. Chevron also maintains strong relationships with policymakers in Congress and their staffs. In addition, Chevron holds memberships in organizations that provide expert perspective on many issues that can be valuable to elected officials and their staff (view a list of select memberships and organizations in our CR report). The goal is to help shape an effective and responsible U.S. energy policy.
Corporate Contributions – Chevron has strict policies and internal approval processes to ensure that decision making and reporting on political contributions comply with all applicable laws. Every political contribution Chevron makes is subject to a thorough review process, and our review procedures are routinely verified. All corporate political contributions (monetary or nonmonetary) are centrally controlled, and regardless of the amount or country of donation, are planned, budgeted, legally reviewed and approved in advance by senior management and, internal and external legal counsel. Political contributions are typically initially proposed and budgeted by public and government affairs representatives in the company, who work closely with business unit managers at all levels of the organization. Proposed contributions are tested for their alignment with and support of clearly communicated business unit objectives and company interests. All contributions and all Chevron employees adhere to strict internal review procedures, and no employee is reimbursed for making a political contribution.
Contributions are reported as required by law in the applicable jurisdiction where the contributions are made. Global contributions in 2016 were approximately $11.8 million to support candidates and political organizations that foster economic development, free enterprise and good governance. Totals include contributions to support our views on local and state ballot measures.
PAC Contributions – The Chevron Employees Political Action Committee (CEPAC) is a forum for eligible employees, shareholders and retirees to voluntarily contribute to a fund that supports the election of pro-oil and gas industry candidates to Congress and in states where corporate contributions are prohibited. Decisions about contributions to specific federal and state (i.e. OH, OK, PA, TX, WV) candidates are made by members of the CEPAC Board, with input from the company’s federal relations staff in Washington, D.C. and field PGPA managers. Chevron employees, through CEPAC, contributed $450,000 in 2016 to the election of candidates from both parties for U.S. federal office, as well as to local and state candidates in certain U.S. jurisdictions. By policy, CEPAC does not contribute to presidential candidates or national political parties.
accountability and transparency
We take a number of steps to ensure transparency and accountability for our political involvement:
- The Public Policy Committee of our Board annually receives and reviews a detailed report of the prior year's political contributions.
- Annually report the prior year's corporate political and CEPAC contributions on the company's internal and external Web sites.
- Upon written request by any stockholder, we have a long-standing practice of furnishing a list of all political contributions.
- Annually report the prior year's Federal and California quarterly reports on the company's external website.
- Contribution and Lobbying data are available from a number of public sources.
California State Lobbying Report (Search Registrant Name: Chevron)