political contributions & lobbying
We believe that energy policy is a critical public policy issue and are committed to engaging in the public policy process. This includes protecting and promoting the interests of our shareholders and carefully considering the needs and concerns of our stakeholders. Chevron also believes that transparency and accountability are important aspects of corporate political activity. That is why Chevron provides extensive disclosure of these activities.
Public policy decisions can 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 through political contributions and lobbying. Our political activities meet high ethical standards, adhere to strict company procedures and guidelines, align with company interests, and demonstrate accountability and transparency. The Board’s Public Policy and Sustainability Committee (PPSC) reviews Chevron’s political contributions and lobbying to assess the value of these activities and ensure alignment with Chevron’s positions and interests. In addition, Chevron’s employees are required to complete political and lobbying compliance training.
Lobbying is an important way for Chevron to participate in the political process. We lobby ethically, constructively and in a non-partisan manner. Chevron adheres to the highest ethical standards when engaging in lobbying, ensures that such activities align with corporate goals, and complies with all laws governing lobbying activities and disclosure.
Chevron’s lobbying activities are designed to support our commitment to deliver affordable, reliable, and ever-cleaner energy. Chevron strives to maintain positive, constructive relationships with policymakers and their staffs. Our engagements aim to deliver recommendations on policy matters such as the economy, climate change, environmental regulations, energy development and security, international issues, and research and energy transition.
Lobbying activities, in the United States and elsewhere, are highly regulated. Each jurisdiction sets forth regulations and establishes the policies and guidelines associated with reporting and disclosure. Per Chevron’s policies, Chevron’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs is responsible for providing an effective program to comply with all laws and regulations and internal policies, including complete and timely lobbying registration and reporting. Prior to engaging in lobbying activities, employees must obtain guidance from our Corporate Political Compliance group.
Chevron engages in direct and indirect lobbying. Direct lobbying is conducted by our employees and contract lobbyists. Related activities that support our employees and contractors are referred to as indirect activities and may include research and analysis related to issues and sometimes pending legislation. These indirect activities are performed by both our employees and trade associations.
Vice President and General Manager, Government Affairs, Chevron U.S.A.
Shaping U.S. Policy
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 such as 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, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior. Our goal is to help shape effective, responsible, and non-partisan U.S. energy policy.
Trade association engagement
Chevron holds memberships in industry and other associations that provide expert perspectives on safety, business, technical and industry best practices and a broad range of issues facing policymakers and society.
Trade association membership allows Chevron to identify emerging issues, test thinking and share perspectives on positions, work constructively with other companies, and participate in setting generally accepted industry practices and standards. We engage with trade associations to participate in the debate on a broad range of issues relevant to the company’s business, such as a reasonable regulatory environment and well-designed energy and climate policies.
We collaborate with trade associations to advocate for effective, responsible and non-partisan energy and climate policies. Collaborating with industry trade associations across a spectrum of issues provides our company access to a range of perspectives and creates important opportunities to shape positions that align to our corporate values and with the interests of our employees, stakeholders, and shareholders.
Trade associations strive to represent the collective point of view of the membership. While Chevron does not control, and may not always agree with, positions taken by trade associations of which it is a member, trade associations provide a unique venue for Chevron to engage other companies and industry experts. While there are times when our views diverge from those of other members, we actively engage with trade association partners, believing an open, rigorous examination of the issues helps to promote stronger progress for all. Chevron believes that continuous participation provides the best opportunity to put forward our perspectives, advance our own positions, and shape positions that better align with our values and business interests.
We also think that the existence of differences on some issues does not necessarily eliminate the overall value of trade association membership. Chevron acknowledges that these differences can be challenging, so we endeavor to always be open in our engagements with shareholders and stakeholders about any such differences.
For example, the issue of trade association activity on climate change lobbying is of high interest to many of stakeholders. In response to stockholder interest and at the Board’s direction, in December 2020, we published our first Climate Lobbying Report. We believe that the report reflects our commitment to transparency and desire to be responsive to stakeholders’ increasing interest in more details about how we conduct our climate lobbying. The report describes our (1) energy transition strategy and policy framework; (2) how the board and management provide oversight on climate lobbying; (3) our direct climate lobbying and trade association process; and (4) how our key trade associations contribute to and advance the dialogue regarding the energy transition. We believe that our analysis shows that our memberships help advance, to varying degrees, Chevron’s view on the energy transition.
Trade Association Process
On an annual basis, senior Chevron staff review trade association memberships to consider value to the business. All associations in which a portion of funds are anticipated to be used for lobbying purposes go through a rigorous budgeting process. Where appropriate, senior Chevron staff will sit on trade association boards and advisory committees to directly engage the associations. As noted above, the PPSC reviews trade association memberships to assess their value and ensure alignment with Chevron’s positions and interests.
View a list of association memberships where dues paid are $100,000 or more annually, and a portion of the dues may be used for lobbying.
Chevron’s lobbying activities in the United States are strictly regulated by federal, state, and local lobbying laws. Each governing jurisdiction determines its own regulations regarding lobbying compliance and also establishes the policies and guidelines associated with reporting and disclosure.
For transparency, the following lobbying information is provided:
A link to the federal lobbying disclosure website and instructions for accessing Chevron’s current and previous years’ federal quarterly reports. These reports disclose total expenditures related to lobbying and issues lobbied.
Federal Lobbying Disclosure Report (Search Registrant Name: Chevron)
- A link to the federal lobbying contributions search website. This site contains the details of Chevron’s current and previous years’ contributions.
Federal Lobbying Contribution Report (Search Organization Name: Chevron)
- A link to the Federal Election Commission website, which contains current and previous years’ CEPAC contributions reports.
Federal Election Commission (Search: Chevron)
- A link to the California Secretary of State Lobbying Activity website and instructions for accessing Chevron’s current and previous year’s quarterly lobbying reports.
California State Lobbying Report (Search Registrant Name: Chevron)
- Links to other states’ lobbying activity websites and instructions for accessing the Company’s state lobbying reports have been added to the website to provide greater access and transparency into Chevron’s lobbying activities. 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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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.)
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our political contributions process
Chevron makes political contributions in the United States and Australia. Our objective is to support political candidates, organizations and measures that are aligned with Chevron’s business interests. The includes candidates and organizations that support:
- Responsible development of oil and natural gas resources
- Reasonable regulatory regimes
- Economic development
- Free enterprise
- Market-based solutions
- Good governance
Global corporate contributions in 2020 were approximately $16.8 million. Totals include contributions to support our views on local and state ballot measures.
Contributions are reported as required by law in the applicable jurisdiction where the contributions are made. For transparency, Chevron’s most recent political contribution reports are provided on this site and include an itemization of all contributions to candidates, organizations, and committees as well as those related to ballot measures.
corporate contributions process
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 the contribution, are planned, budgeted and approved in advance by executive management and internal / external legal counsel, and in certain cases, by the Vice President, Corporate Affairs.
Political contributions are typically proposed and budgeted by company Corporate Affairs representatives who work closely with business unit managers at all levels of the organization. These proposed contributions are routinely discussed with 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. All contributions and all Chevron employees adhere to strict internal review procedures, and no employee is reimbursed for making a political contribution.
The PPSC is chartered to assist the Board of Directors in overseeing – among other things – political matters, and devoting appropriate attention and effective response to stockholder concerns regarding such matters that are relevant to the Corporation’s activities and performance. The Committee reviews annually the policies, procedures and expenditures related to the Corporation’s political contributions. At the time this review is conducted, the Committee provides guidance on Chevron’s political contributions to the Vice President, Corporate Affairs.
PAC contributions process
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 natural gas industry candidates to Congress and to candidates in states where corporate contributions are prohibited (e.g., Texas ). Decisions about contributions to specific federal and state candidates are made by members of the employee-led CEPAC Board, with input from the company’s federal relations staff in Washington, D.C. and field Corporate Affairs managers. CEPAC contributed approximately $1.2MM in 2019-2020 election cycle to support 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 summary
We take a number of steps to ensure transparency and accountability for our political involvement:
- The Public Policy and Sustainability 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.