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Our Board’s Governance Committee oversees our policies and programs related to corporate citizenship and public policy issues significant to our business. At least annually, we report to the Committee on our government relations strategies, lobbying activities and political contributions.
INTERACTIONS WITH GOVERNMENTS AND POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Mondelēz International has a proud history of involvement in the communities where our employees live and work. This includes educating policy-makers and participating in the public dialog on policy issues that affect our business, employees, and communities.
Like many companies, Mondelēz International regularly works with government officials regarding matters of concern to our business. It is both necessary and appropriate for us to do so. We do so in a responsible manner with a priority on compliance with local law and consistency with the cultural norm. For example, we may convey our opinions on possible changes to laws or regulations that affect our employees and operations, as well as on the implementation of those laws or regulations. Depending on the country, we may support candidates who understand and appreciate the public policies that affect our business, our brands and our employees. In accordance with applicable laws and regulations, our political contributions and expenditures may be made to political candidates and organizations whose views are consistent with the interests and values of our company and our business strategy.
APPROVAL PROCEDURES, OVERSIGHT, AND REPORTING
Our Code of Conduct requires our employees to deal honestly with governments. We have effective compliance procedures for, and oversight of, our advocacy and lobbying activities, including political contributions. Internal compliance policies require advance business and legal approval of all lobbying activities and political contributions.
In addition, our Board of Directors' Governance, Membership and Public Affairs Committee oversees our policies and programs related to corporate citizenship and public policy issues significant to our business. At least annually, we report to the Committee on our government relations strategies, lobbying activities and political contributions.
Where and when required by law, we report our political activities and disclose related expenditures. As such, we file all information required by U.S. federal, state and municipal campaign finance and disclosure laws. 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://disclosures.house.gov/ld/ldsearch.aspx. U.S. state and municipal government reports are generally available to the public through the internet sites of the jurisdictions where filed. Also, we list on this site all corporate political contributions that the Company made in support of candidates within six months after the end of the year. Annual political contributions can be downloaded below. U.S. state ballot initiatives are reported when they occur. The Company generally does not provide contributions from corporate funds to candidates outside the U.S. Any such contributions would require approval from the Company’s Government Affairs and Legal departments. U.S. state and municipal government reports are generally available to the public through the internet sites of the jurisdictions where filed.
MONDELĒZ INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
The Company has an affiliated political action committee in the U.S., Mondelēz International Political Action Committee (“PAC”).
Senior managers from various business units and functions comprise the PAC’s Board of Directors. The Company pays the PAC’s expenses, and voluntary contributions from eligible employees fund the PAC’s political contributions. The PAC may contribute to U.S. federal political parties, committees and candidates. The PAC’s Board considers these 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
The PAC reports its contributions to the U.S. Federal Election Commission. Details about those contributions are publicly available on the FEC internet site. We do not fund 527 organizations, or “independent expenditures” (money spent to support a political candidate, but not in coordination with the candidate, the candidate’s authorized committee or a political party). Within six months after the end of each calendar year, we list all PAC contributions and corporate political spending. Contributions can be downloaded below.
CORPORATE POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Where permitted by law in the U.S., we may contribute corporate funds to political committees, state candidates, and state political parties. We monitor contributions to ensure alignment with Company values and policy. However, as a practice, we do not fund 527 groups or “independent expenditures” (money spent to support a political candidate, but not in coordination with the candidate, the candidate’s authorized committee, or a political party). Mondelēz International generally does not make political contributions to tax-exempt organizations such as 501(c)4s that might be used for election-related purposes. Should the Company make such a contribution in the future, it would be disclosed. The Company generally does not provide contributions from corporate funds to candidates outside the U.S. Any such contributions would require approval from the Company’s Corporate and Government Affairs and Legal departments. Contributions are processed via a multi-level approval process with final approval by the Senior Director of Corporate and Government Affairs. Annual contribution disclosure by candidate and state can be downloaded below.
U.S. TRADE ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP
The Company discloses dues paid of $50,000 or more to U.S. trade associations of which the Company is a member and that lobby in the U.S. Mondelēz International believes that trade association membership and participation can benefit our business (and thus, our shareholders) and employees in various ways, such as providing updates on issues relevant to the business and forums for sharing ideas and information. We instruct trade associations that they cannot use our dues to support or oppose candidates and monitor to ensure association positions are consistent with the Company’s value and policies. A list of trade association dues paid over $50,000 annually, including the non-deductible portion of dues, can be downloaded below.
Mondelēz International has memberships in many trade associations and we do not always agree with all of their policy positions. While Mondelēz International is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, their position on climate change is inconsistent with ours. However, our team is part of the US Chamber of Commerce Taskforce on Climate, working to advance the Chamber’s policies to more accurately reflect our position on climate change.