Political Contributions and Public Issue and Lobbying Expenditures
Alcoa funds, property, services and things of value may not be used to support or oppose any political party or candidate for public office.
Employees are encouraged to vote and to participate in political activities as they see fit, on their own time and at their own expense. The company has established and sponsors an employee voluntary federal political action committee, through which its U.S. employees can make personal donations to support candidates for the U.S. Congress and Presidency. As permitted by U.S. federal law, the company defrays reasonable administrative expenses associated with the employee voluntary federal political action committee.
Alcoa property and assets may not be used to promote or oppose any referendum or other vote of the electorate on a public issue unless Alcoa's Chief Executive Officer first provides his written approval and the Chief Legal Officer confirms the legality of such use.
The Public Issues Committee of the Board of Directors has oversight responsibility for these policies, compliance with which is certified by directors, officers and designated employees in the annual Business Conduct Survey.
Please see Alcoa's Business Conduct Policies for more information.
Alcoa has a responsibility to customers, shareholders, employees, and the communities where it operates to build an understanding and acceptance of the company’s position on public issues at all levels of government. It is acceptable for the company to express its view to government officials on subjects that might affect Alcoa’s welfare.
Communicating the company’s position on issues or matters of policy to government officials can subject the employee and the company to registration and reporting obligations at the federal or state level. In those cases, Alcoa complies with applicable laws.
While issues vary from country to country and region to region, some of the general issue areas in which Alcoa becomes involved include:
- Energy supply, price, and availability;
- Enviroment and global climate change;
- Recycling; and
- Health and safety
In addition to expressing the company’s position on various issues, Alcoa belongs to organizations in many countries that also interact with governments on public matters. Following is a sampling of these organizations.
Australian Aluminium Council
Australian Industry Group
Business Council of Australia
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia
Chamber of Minerals and Energy Western Australia
Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry
American Chamber São Paulo & Brasilia
The Brazilian Aluminum Association (ABAL)
Brazilian Association of Large Energy Users and Free Market Energy (ABRACE)
Brazilian Association for Self Energy Producers (ABIAPE)
The Brazilian Corporate Council for Sustainable Development
Brazilian Mining Institute (IBRAM)
The São Paulo State Federation of Industries
The Aluminum Association of Canada
American Chamber of Commerce in Canada
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Industrial Gas Users Association
Montreal Board of Trade
Quebec Federation of Chamber of Commerce
Quebec Industrial Power Consumers Association
Aluminium Federation Ltd. (ALFED)
European Aluminium Association
Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie e.V. (GDA)
The Aluminum Association
The Business Roundtable
National Association of Manufacturers
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Alcoa strongly supports national legislation and an international framework to address the critical challenge of climate change, and we work closely with other businesses, environmental groups, and governments to build support for such action. Some of the business associations that we support for other reasons disagree with us on this important issue. We have expressed our opposition to those positions within those organizations and work with other business members to make the case for mandatory caps on greenhouse gas emissions and a flexible market-oriented solution to make those reductions. See Alcoa’s on-line Sustainability Report for Alcoa’s positions on climate change and other environmental issues.
Alcoa has requested information regarding lobbying expenses from trade associations and other tax-exempt organizations in the United States that received from Alcoa total dues or payments of $25,000 or more, and that spent more than 10% of their revenues on lobbying activities. Based on the information we received in 2014, the following amount of Alcoa dues or payments made to such organizations used for lobbying is set forth below:
- Aluminum Association: $47,882
- The Business Roundtable: $91,868
- National Association of Manufacturers: $14,400
- US Chamber of Commerce: $40,000
- Total: $194,150