政治参与和政治贡献

Sempra及其运营公司认为与政策制定者接触是开展业务的重要和必要部分. 我们监督数百项拟议的法律, 规则, 法规和政策, 并与联邦政府接触, 状态, and local levels of government to ensure that the perspectives of our company, 我们的股东, 我们的客户, 我们的员工在立法者和监管者面前都有代表. 当的, we also take positions for or against proposals and sometimes suggest amendments as part of the public policy process. 在美国境外经营时.S., 我们公司遵守所有适用的法律,并致力于在开展业务时以道德的方式行事.

直接和间接游说

我们相信,我们的业务——包括天然气基础设施以及各种可再生资源和新兴技术——将在向低碳能源系统过渡的过程中发挥关键作用. The Sempra family of companies engage in direct and indirect lobbying activities at the federal, 状态, and local levels of government consistent with our commitment to creating long-term, 可持续的价值, including the important role our infrastructure plays in lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

我们相信,我们的直接游说活动与我们运营所在立法和监管管辖区的相关政策是一致的(例如,加州的目标是到2045年实现全经济范围的碳中和.S. EPA’s methane 规则) and important global multi-lateral collaborations, 包括《十大最佳博彩网站评级》的目标,即将全球平均变暖控制在远低于工业化前水平2摄氏度的水平,并努力将气温上升限制在1摄氏度以内.5°C.i

例如, 我们认为,我们直接参与加州立法,促进州内生物甲烷的生产和分配,是推动该州温室气体和短期气候污染物减少目标的实际步骤,这符合《十大最佳博彩网站评级》,因为它可以减少交通和农业领域的排放, 哪些是氮氧化物和甲烷排放的来源, 分别. 参见我们对CDP气候变化调查问卷的回应,详细了解我们如何就能源转型相关主题进行直接和间接游说,证明了上述情况.

贸易协会

Sempra及其运营公司是几个行业协会的成员,这些协会专注于我们行业的重要商业和技术问题以及我们利益相关者的利益. 一般来说, 这些联系使我们能够了解他人的观点, 获取反馈, 最终, voice our perspectives on proposed legislation and regulations in an educated and thoughtful manner. 其中一些协会从事游说活动. 我们相信,我们通过这些协会进行的间接游说活动也符合向低碳能源体系的过渡,并且总体上符合《十大最佳博彩网站评级》限制全球气温上升的目标.

例如, 我们是其中一个行业协会的成员,该协会致力于开发一种甲烷强度的度量标准,从而可以测量甲烷的排放,从而改进了天然气生产实践, 相比, 和减少, which we believe aligns with the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global temperature rise.

行业协会的政策通常反映了会员的妥协,因此有时这些协会的政策立场和游说活动可能与Sempra在特定问题上的立场不完全一致, including the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global temperature rise, in which case we work to mitigate any risks associated with such misalignment.

具体来说,我们力求通过三种主要方式做到这一点:

  1. 对协会工作人员和主要成员的教育;
  2. Ongoing engagement with the association to try to move consensus positions; and
  3. 如果需要, 反对协会的立场, including not providing formal company participation or endorsement.

遵守游说和信息披露法

We believe that public policy engagement is an important and appropriate role for companies, 只要以合法和透明的方式进行. 在美国.S., 有联邦政府, 状态 and local lobbying registration and disclosure laws with which Sempra and its operating companies comply, and the company has a robust training and reporting program in place to ensure compliance.

 

i 《十大最佳博彩网站评级》, 2015年通过, is an agreement under which 196 countries agreed to collaborate on long-term strategies focused on financial, 技术和能力建设项目,其既定目标是将全球平均气温的上升幅度控制在2摄氏度以下, 目标是1.5°C,高于工业化前水平.

额外的信息

 

治理和决策

Sempra的 董事会, 特别是董事会的安全, 可持续发展及科技委员会, consistent with the Board’s risk management and oversight role and responsibilities, 审查并向管理层提出有关政策的建议, 与环境有关的实践和策略, 气候变化, 可持续发展及其他相关的ESG事宜.

另外, the Board’s Corporate Governance Committee reviews Sempra的 public policy priorities on an annual basis, 包括慈善捐赠, 政治献金和游说活动, which covers a broad array of efforts in support of the company’s overall strategic objectives, 与气候有关及其他.

Procedurally, corporate political spending plans and decisions are reviewed and approved by 高级管理人员.

  1. 每个森普拉州负责政府事务的个人 业务单位 prepare political 贡献 budgets for the local jurisdictions and 状态s where the company has operations.
  2. 这些预算随后由业务部门的董事会进行审查,并提交给Sempra Energy的外部事务部门进行审查和批准.
  3. 一旦预算敲定, each contribution is reviewed and authorized by a vice president or higher-level officer.
  4. Legal compliance reviews are conducted before 贡献 are made to ensure they comply with applicable laws. Contributions over $100,000 require approval of the most senior external affairs officer.

森普拉有一个部门专门负责遵守适用的政治法律和报告义务的各个方面. 这个部门, 在法律顾问的协助下, 告知和教育员工, 分析法律遵从性, 监督和沟通法律的变化, and collects disclosure information in a centralized database which is then used to prepare disclosure reports. 培训和外展计划包括以下内容:

  • An online training course required for all external-facing employees, 军官, 律师和董事;
  • In-person and/or webinar training regimen for all new hires and transfers;
  • In-person and/or webinar training for groups identified as having the potential for interface with public officials; and
  • A company intranet site dedicated to political reporting and compliance, 哪个网站有关于游说的信息, 礼物, 捐款和政治筹款.

公司政治活动和Sempra能源员工政治行动委员会的管理监督由公司最高级别的对外事务主管负责.

企业政治献金

森普拉在美国进行企业政治捐款.S. 法律只允许从公司股东的资金中提取. 政治捐款是给候选人的, 政党, 政治行动委员会, and ballot measures in furtherance of public policies that support the company’s business interests.

Sempra does not use company funds to make 贡献 to federal Super PACs or to officeholder accounts, nor does Sempra make independent expenditures to expressly advocate for the election or defeat of federal, 状态, 或者本地候选人.

如果这一切能改变, all changes and updates would be disclosed semi-annually per our commitment to transparency and disclosure. 我们对联合国的立场.S. 能源政策, 气候变化 or other matters material to the company are detailed in the company’s annual 企业可持续发展报告, where more detailed information is also provided on political involvement. The report is published annually and is available on our website, as are archived 往年的报告.

Sempra严格遵守所有联邦法规, 状态 and local laws as well as reporting requirements governing corporate political 贡献. 联邦法律, 例如, forbids corporations from giving monetary or in-kind 贡献 to candidates for federal office. State and local laws dictate the conditions under which corporate political 贡献 may be made.

符合我们对道德商业行为的承诺, 政治支出反映了森普拉的利益,而不是基于我们任何个别官员的个人利益, 董事或雇员. 此外, 没有预期的捐款, 为了表彰, 或者作为回报, 任何官方行为.

雇员政治行动委员会捐款

森普拉的员工通过自愿的森普拉州和联邦雇员政治行动委员会(集体)在政治环境中发挥积极作用, SEEPAC). SEEPAC独立于任何政党. 它旨在为Sempra能源公司及其附属公司的员工提供财务捐款的能力,这些捐款可用于支持候选人和参与政治进程.

我们的员工政治行动委员会的开支计划和决定由政治行动委员会董事会审查和批准,并在发放支票之前收到政治报告和合规许可.

SEEPAC complies with all reporting requirements governing political action committee 贡献. Employees are prohibited from making political 贡献 from personal funds, 或者通过SEEPAC, 然后向公司申请报销.

贸易协会 & 企业会员

Sempra拥有行业会员资格, trade and business associations representing the energy industry and the business community. 与其他商业和行业利益相关者接触有助于我们获得对影响我们公司的公共政策问题的观点和看法, 我们的股东, 我们的客户和员工.

While we may not always agree with the positions taken by an association or its members, 团体会员资格使我们能够了解他人的观点, 获得反馈, 并最终, 表达我们的关切, perspectives and positions on proposed legislation and regulations in a more educated and thoughtful manner.

请参阅我们最新的 企业可持续发展报告 了解更多信息, 包括我们对某些行业协会的分析,我们参与了这些协会,以实现《十大最佳博彩网站评级》中规定的气候目标, which is to limit the global temperature increase to no more than 2 degrees Celsius with an ambition set at 1.5摄氏度.

透明度及披露

Sempra discloses all corporate political 贡献 (状态 and local), 政治委员会捐款, 政党和其他类型的委员会, 包括501(c)(4)和501(c)(6)组织), 和SEEPAC的贡献.

Sempra还披露了向其他免税组织(如商业或贸易协会会员)支付的费用,其中会员费用超过20美元,000,并且接受组织向我们报告,所支付的部分费用用于游说支出,或者部分捐款根据美国国税局第162(e)(1)(B)条被视为不可扣除. 我们披露支付给这些组织的总费用,以及协会自己向Sempra报告的可归属于游说费用的金额. Beginning in 2014, we began disclosing this information semi-annually.

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