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 pool personal, voluntary financial contributions to candidates seeking federal elective office who support issues important to our business, our employees and other stakeholders. The WestRock PAC only makes political contributions to candidates who we believe have integrity and have demonstrated a commitment to ethical political conduct. We also consider the geographical area of the candidate’s representation, the candidate’s position or voting record on key issues affecting our industry and our company, as well as the candidate’s committee assignments and legislative leadership positions.
Employee contributions to the WestRock PAC are voluntary, and no employee is required to participate in or fund the PAC’s efforts. WestRock’s political spending through the PAC reflects our interests as a company and not those of any individual director, officer or employee’s personal political preferences. No political spending is given in anticipation of, in recognition of or in return for any official act.
The PAC files monthly reports of receipts and disbursements with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), as well as pre-election and post-election FEC reports. Click here for the FEC database of PAC contributions and enter “WESTROCK POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE” or “Committee ID: C00117424”.
WestRock uses corporate resources to support our position on important public policy issues. Individual state and local laws govern contributions to candidates running for election to state and local offices. 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 any corporate political contributions made in the U.S., where such contributions are permissible by law.
Oversight of Political Activity and Spending Practices
WestRock’s Audit Committee annually reviews the company’s “Government Relations Department’s Political Disclosure and Accountability” policy as well as all company and PAC related political expenditures to ensure alignment with company policy and values. These contributions are also subject to comprehensive regulation by federal and state governments, including detailed disclosure requirements. 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 believes that transparency and accountability with respect to political expenditures and lobbying are important.
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 so-called “Super PACs”, 527 groups, 501(c)4s, or for any election ballot measure.