WestRock Employee Political Action Committee (PAC)
The WestRock PAC is a voluntary, non-partisan political action committee that is registered with the U.S. Federal Election Commission. The PAC allows employees to combine personal, voluntary financial contributions to candidates seeking federal elective office who support issues important to our business, our employees and industry. The WestRock PAC makes political contributions to elected officials who demonstrate a commitment to ethical political conduct. We also consider the geographical area of their representation, their position on key issues affecting our industry and company, their legislative leadership position or potential to become a future legislative leader. We also may support the most pro-business elected official in any given state or district. The Advisory Board considers all of these factors in deciding to make a political contribution.
WestRock PAC files monthly reports with the FEC, as well as pre-election and post-election FEC reports. Click here to see a comprehensive listing of these reports.
WestRock uses corporate resources to support our position on important public policy issues. Click here to view the public policy issues that help form the basis for our election-related spending decisions. The objective is to help elect pro-business candidates who display high levels of integrity and character, and who recognize the contribution of our industry to the national economy and the communities in which we live, work and serve. Click here to see a detailed list of contributions.
Oversight of Political Activity and Spending Practices
The Government Relations department, with oversight from the Advisory Board, sets an annual budget and has a stringent process for the justification, approval and reporting of political contributions made in the U.S., where such contributions are permissible by law. The company’s political spending includes donations to candidates for elected office, as well as payments to trade associations. The company conducts regular trainings, compliance system reviews, and internal audits to ensure all PAC and corporate political contributions are made in accordance with the law and company policies.
WestRock’s Audit Committee annually reviews and approves the company’s “Government Relations Department’s Political Disclosure and Accountability” policy as well as all PAC and corporate political expenditures to ensure alignment with the company policy and values. These contributions are also subject to comprehensive regulation by federal and state governments, including detailed disclosure requirements.
Company political contributions reflect our interests as a company and not those of any individual director, officer or employee’s personal political preferences. They are made in accordance with our political contributions policy only as permitted under federal, state and local laws to help elect candidates who demonstrate integrity and character, support the forest and paper products industry and understand the contribution of our industry to the national economy and the communities in which we serve. No political spending is given in anticipation of, in recognition of or in return for any official act.
The company does not make “independent expenditures” nor does it contribute to “Super PACs”, 527 groups, 501(c)4s, or for any election ballot measure.