political contributions & lobbying
philosophy and rationale
Chevron makes political contributions in the United States and Australia.
Our objective is to support political candidates, organizations and measures that are committed to economic development, free enterprise and good government. We advocate our positions on policies that will affect the company's ability to meet the growing demand for energy. We also encourage our employees, retirees and others to communicate with officials, where permitted by law.
We lobby ethically, constructively and in a non-partisan manner. We comply with all registration and reporting regulations related to lobbying.
Chevron’s lobbying is comprised of direct and indirect activities. Direct lobbying communications are conducted by our employees and lobbyist consultants. Related activities that support our employees and consultants are referred to as indirect activities and may include research and analysis of pending legislation. These indirect activities are performed primarily by our employees and secondarily by trade associations. Prior to engaging in lobbying activities, employees must obtain guidance from our Corporate Political Compliance group and the National Manager, State Government Affairs.
Chevron engages with the Administration and the U.S. Congress to provide perspectives on energy issues affecting the United States and the world. Chevron strives to maintain positive, constructive relationships with policymakers in Congress and their staffs. Our engagements deliver recommendations on policy matters regarding the economy, regulations, energy security, international issues, and research and energy development. In addition, Chevron often responds to requests for public comments on proposed regulations from U.S. agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior. Our goal is to help shape effective, responsible, and non-partisan U.S. energy policy.
where chevron lobbies:
Note: Each state has a different definition for lobbying and the type of lobbying activities to be reported. For more information, click on the state of interest to understand more about its reporting requirements and to find Chevron’s lobbying report.
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Colorado (Search by Client: Chevron)
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Georgia (Search Group Name: Chevron)
Idaho (Search Lobbyists & Employers: Employers: Search By Employer Name: Chevron)
Louisiana (Search Company’s Name: Chevron)
Mississippi (Search Lobbyist’s Client’s: Chevron)
New Jersey (Entity Search: Represented Entity: Chevron)
New Mexico (Organization Name: Chevron)
Oregon (Search Business Name: Chevron)
Pennsylvania (Search Principal Name: Chevron)
Texas 2020 Registered Lobbyists with Clients: Sorted by Client Name: (Search: Chevron. Go to Activity Reports and search by Lobbyist name for lobby activities reports.)
Utah (Search Text: Chevron. Go to Advanced Search and search individual lobbyists by name for quarterly expenditure reports.)
Washington (Employer: Chevron)
West Virginia (List of Registered Lobbyists or List of Registered Lobbyist Employers)
trade association engagement
Chevron holds memberships in industry and other associations that provide expert perspectives on many issues that can be valuable to elected officials and their staffs. On an annual basis, senior Chevron staff review association memberships to determine how they align with Chevron’s stance on relevant issues facing our business, the energy industry, and business community. Where appropriate, senior Chevron staff will sit on trade association boards and advisory committees to directly engage the associations.
All associations in which a portion of funds are anticipated to be used for lobbying purposes go through a rigorous budgeting process.
Chevron does not agree with every position held by the associations in which it participates. However, the Company believes that continuous participation provides the best opportunity to put forward its perspectives and shape positions that better align with our values and business interests.
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 are centrally controlled. Regardless of the amount or country of donation, they are planned, budgeted and approved in advance by senior management, internal / external legal counsel and in, certain cases, by the Vice President, Corporate Affairs.
Political contributions are proposed and budgeted by company Corporate Affairs representatives. Proposed contributions are routinely discussed business unit managers at all levels of the organization to ensure alignment with Company interests, adherence to compliance processes, and preservation of corporate reputation. The Political Contributions budget is reported annually to the Executive Committee. In addition, the Public Policy Committee of the Board of Directors reviews political contributions on an annual basis. All contributions adhere to strict internal review procedures, and no employee is reimbursed for making a contribution.
Contributions are reported as required by law in the applicable jurisdictions in which the contributions are made. Global contributions in 2018 were approximately $21.1 million to support candidates and political organizations who foster economic development, free enterprise and good governance. This amount also includes contributions to support our views on local and state ballot measures.
chevron employee political action committee
The Chevron Employees Political Action Committee (CEPAC) is a forum for eligible employees, shareholders, and shareholder retirees to voluntarily contribute to a fund that supports the election of pro-oil and natural gas industry and pro-business candidates to Congress and to candidates in states in which corporate contributions are prohibited (such as Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia). Decisions about contributions to specific federal and state candidates are made by members of the all-employee CEPAC Board, with input from the company’s Corporate Affairs staff in Washington, D.C. and major operating states. CEPAC contributed $1.1 million in the 2017-2018 election cycle to support candidates from both parties for U.S. federal office, as well as to 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 receives and reviews the policies, procedures and expenditures for our political contributions and direct and indirect lobbying.
- We have a robust training and audit program and conduct regular reviews of our lobbying and related processes to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and Chevron policies.
- We report the prior year's corporate political and CEPAC contributions on the company's internal and external websites.
- Upon written request by any stockholder, we provide a list of all political contributions.
- Contribution and Lobbying data are available from a number of public sources.