Political engagement and contributions
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. We monitor hundreds of proposed laws, rules, regulations and policies, and engage at the federal, state, and local levels of government to ensure that the perspectives of our company, our shareholders, our customers, and our employees are represented before lawmakers and regulators. When warranted, we also take positions for or against proposals and sometimes suggest amendments as part of the public policy process. When operating outside the U.S., 澳门赌博云顶网址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.
Direct and indirect lobbying
澳门赌博云顶网址相信，澳门赌博云顶网址的业务——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, state, and local levels of government consistent with our commitment to creating long-term, sustainable value, including the important role our infrastructure plays in lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
澳门赌博云顶网址相信，澳门赌博云顶网址的直接游说活动与澳门赌博云顶网址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 rules) and important global multi-lateral collaborations, 包括《澳门赌博云顶网址》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
For example, 澳门赌博云顶网址认为，澳门赌博云顶网址直接参与加州立法，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《澳门赌博云顶网址》，因为它可以减少交通和农业领域的排放, which are sources of nitrogen oxides and methane emissions, respectively. 参见澳门赌博云顶网址对CDP气候变化调查问卷的回应，详细了解澳门赌博云顶网址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.
Sempra及其运营公司是几个行业协会的成员，这些协会专注于澳门赌博云顶网址行业的重要商业和技术问题以及澳门赌博云顶网址利益相关者的利益. As a general matter, these associations enable us to learn the views of others, obtain feedback and, ultimately, voice our perspectives on proposed legislation and regulations in an educated and thoughtful manner. Some of these associations engage in lobbying activities. 澳门赌博云顶网址相信，澳门赌博云顶网址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《澳门赌博云顶网址》限制全球气温上升的目标.
For example, 澳门赌博云顶网址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, compared, and reduced, 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.
Specifically, we seek to do this in three primary ways:
- Education of the association staff and key members;
- Ongoing engagement with the association to try to move consensus positions; and
- If needed, dissenting from association positions, including not providing formal company participation or endorsement.
Compliance with lobbying and disclosure laws
We believe that public policy engagement is an important and appropriate role for companies, as long as it is conducted in a legal and transparent manner. In the U.S., there are federal, state 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 The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, 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, with a stretch target of 1.5°C, above pre-industrial levels.
Governance and decision-making
Sempra's Board of Directors, specifically the Board’s Safety, Sustainability and Technology Committee, consistent with the Board’s risk management and oversight role and responsibilities, reviews and makes recommendations to management regarding policies, practices and strategies with respect to environmental, climate change, sustainability and other related ESG matters.
Additionally, the Board’s Corporate Governance Committee reviews Sempra's public policy priorities on an annual basis, including charitable giving, political contributions and lobbying activity, which covers a broad array of efforts in support of the company’s overall strategic objectives, climate-related and otherwise.
Procedurally, corporate political spending plans and decisions are reviewed and approved by senior management.
- Individuals responsible for government affairs in each of Sempra's business units prepare political contributions budgets for the local jurisdictions and states where the company has operations.
- 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.
- Once budgets are finalized, each contribution is reviewed and authorized by a vice president or higher-level officer.
- Legal compliance reviews are conducted before contributions are made to ensure they comply with applicable laws. Contributions over $100,000 require approval of the most senior external affairs officer.
澳门云顶赌博官方网址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. This department, with the assistance of legal counsel, informs and educates employees, analyzes legal compliance, monitors and communicates changes in laws, and collects disclosure information in a centralized database which is then used to prepare disclosure reports. The training and outreach program consists of the following:
- An online training course required for all external-facing employees, officers, attorneys and directors;
- 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, which has information on lobbying, gifts, contributions and political fundraising.
Corporate political contributions
Sempra makes corporate political contributions in the U.S. as permitted by law only from corporate shareholder funds. Political contributions are made to candidates, political parties, political action committees, and ballot measures in furtherance of public policies that support the company’s business interests.
Sempra does not use company funds to make contributions to federal Super PACs or to officeholder accounts, nor does Sempra make independent expenditures to expressly advocate for the election or defeat of federal, state, or local candidates.
If this ever were to change, all changes and updates would be disclosed semi-annually per our commitment to transparency and disclosure. Our position on U.S. energy policy, climate change or other matters material to the company are detailed in the company’s annual corporate sustainability report, where more detailed information is also provided on political involvement. The report is published annually and is available on our website, as are archived reports from previous years.
Sempra materially complies with all federal, state and local laws as well as reporting requirements governing corporate political contributions. Federal law, for example, forbids corporations from giving monetary or in-kind contributions to candidates for federal office. State and local laws dictate the conditions under which corporate political contributions may be made.
Consistent with our commitment to ethical business conduct, 政治支出反映了澳门云顶赌博官方网址的利益，而不是基于澳门赌博云顶网址任何个别官员的个人利益, directors or employees. Furthermore, no contributions are given in anticipation of, in recognition of, or in return for, any official act.
Employee Political Action Committee Contributions
SEEPAC complies with all reporting requirements governing political action committee contributions. Employees are prohibited from making political contributions from personal funds, or through SEEPAC, and then seeking reimbursement from the company.
Trade Association & Business Memberships
Sempra holds memberships in industry, 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澳门赌博云顶网址获得对影响澳门赌博云顶网址公司的公共政策问题的观点和看法, our shareholders, our customers and our employees.
While we may not always agree with the positions taken by an association or its members, corporate memberships enable us to learn the views of others, obtain feedback, and ultimately, voice our concerns, perspectives and positions on proposed legislation and regulations in a more educated and thoughtful manner.
Please review our latest corporate sustainability report for more information, 包括澳门赌博云顶网址对某些行业协会的分析，澳门赌博云顶网址参与了这些协会，以实现《澳门赌博云顶网址》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 degrees Celsius.
Transparency and Disclosure
Sempra discloses all corporate political contributions (state and local), political committee contributions (PACs, political parties and other committee types, including 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) organizations), and SEEPAC contributions.
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，并且接受组织向澳门赌博云顶网址报告，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. 澳门赌博云顶网址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.