Mondelēz International has a proud history of involvement in the communities where our employees live and work. This includes supporting candidates who understand and appreciate the public policies that affect our business, our brands and our employees. It also includes educating policy makers and participating in the public dialog on policy issues that impact our business, employees and communities.
The company's political action committee, Mondelēz International PAC, is funded by voluntary contributions from eligible employees. Under the direction of the its officers and an Advisory Committee comprised of senior managers from various business units and functions, Mondelēz International PAC, contributes to U.S. federal and state political parties, committees and candidates.
In addition, where permitted by law, Mondelēz International makes corporate contributions to political committees, state candidates and state political parties. However, as a practice we do not fund "independent expenditures" (money spent to support a political candidate, but not at the suggestion or request of the candidate, the candidate's authorized committee or a political party).
Mondelēz International and Mondelēz International PAC consider the following criteria (among others) in determining which candidates to support:
- Positions on public policy issues important to Mondelēz International.
- The presence of Mondelēz International employees or facilities in a candidate's district or state
- Key committee membership or leadership position
Mondelēz International also participates in the public policy process through education and advocacy. In determining our policy positions, we consider the potential impact on our business, our employees and the communities where we operate.
Approval Procedures and Board Oversight
Mondelēz International has effective compliance procedures for, and oversight of, lobbying activities and corporate and Mondelēz International PAC political expenditures. Our Code of Conduct requires our employees to deal honestly with the government. Internal compliance policies require advance business and legal approval of all political contributions and lobbying activity.
In addition, the Board's Governance, Membership and Public Affairs Committee, which oversees our policies and programs related to corporate citizenship, social responsibility, and public policy issues significant to our business, at least annually receives reports on our political and lobbying activities and discusses with management their strategies and recommendations.
Mondelēz International files all information required by federal and state campaign finance and disclosure laws. Mondelēz International PAC reports its contributions to the Federal Election Commission. Details about those contributions are publicly available on the FEC internet site. Also, we list below all PAC contributions and all Kraft Foods corporate political contributions for the last three years. Please note that the contributions were made before the company changed its name to Mondelēz International on October 1, 2012.
PAC Contributions (made by Kraftpac, an affiliated PAC)
Company Political Contributions (made by Kraft Foods before the name change)
We prepare and submit lobbying reports with the Secretary of the U.S. Senate and the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives detailing our U.S. federal lobbying activities and expenditures. These reports are available at: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/Public_Disclosure/LDA_reports.htm. We also file lobbying reports with many U.S. state and municipal governments as required by law. These reports are publicly available, generally through the internet sites of the jurisdictions where they are filed.
Trade Association Membership
Mondelēz International believes that trade association membership and participation can benefit our business and employees in various ways, such as providing updates on issues relevant to the business and forums for sharing ideas and information. With regard to political activity, we instruct that our dues paid to trade association groups cannot be used to support or oppose candidates. Our dues can only be used on issues of importance to our business. We disclose below a list of the trade associations to which the company (while called Kraft Foods) paid annual dues of $50,000 or more. The list covers the previous three years.
Trade Association Dues
The information above was updated September 2012.