HPE political engagement and advocacy
Overview and oversight
HPE is engaged in public policy activities worldwide in support of HPE’s business objectives and priorities. HPE's public policy agenda includes participation in the political process through engagement and advocacy with government and elected officials. In the United States, HPE makes political contributions supporting the election of public officials who understand HPE's business interests and support legislation important to HPE.
HPE’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs is responsible for the company’s political and public policy engagement, with oversight from the Nominating, Governance and Social Responsibility Committee (NGSRC) of HPE’s Board of Directors. Additionally, the NGSRC reviews, assesses, reports and provides guidance to HPE’s management and the full Board of Directors with respect to general guidelines for political activities and contributions. HPE is committed to integrity in its engagement of all governments, which take place in a transparent, legal, and ethical manner in accordance with HPE’s Standards of Business Conduct and in compliance with U.S. federal and state lobbying laws and reporting regulations.
While employees are encouraged to participate in their community and the political process, they may not create the impression that they are speaking or acting for HPE through their personal activities. In the course of their employment, employees may not engage in any activity intended to influence legislation, regulations, or other executive branch activity, or engage lobbyists or others to do so without pre-authorization. In addition, all HPE employees are subject to all HPE policies and procedures, including those governing political contributions to federal, state, and local government candidates, which address various state “anti-pay to play” laws and advise employees of those jurisdictions in which they may not make personal political contributions and jurisdictions in which personal political contributions are allowed, but must be reported to and pre-authorized by the U.S. Public Sector Compliance Office.
Current and historical political contributions
Further details on HPE’s current and historical political contributions and other political engagement related expenses can be found in the documents linked below.
- Trade associations
- HPE PAC
HPE belongs to various trade associations in the U.S. and abroad that promote our public policy interests and pay regular dues to these groups. Our objective in being a member of these organizations is to advance HPE’s corporate purpose and promote the business interests and objectives of the company. However, we recognize that we will not always support all of the public positions of such associations or of the diverse companies that make up their membership. HPE periodically reviews the continued appropriateness of maintaining these memberships.
The U.S. trade associations to which HPE paid annual membership dues of $25,000 or more in 2022 are listed below:
- Business Roundtable
- Information Technology Industry Council
- National Foreign Trade Council
HPE works to maintain a strong and transparent relationship with governments around the world by communicating our views and concerns to elected officials and policymakers. As a leader in the technology industry, we face challenges and opportunities on a wide range of policy matters at the federal, state, and local levels in the U.S., as well as internationally. To assist in these matters, we engage lobbyists and partner with trade associations and other organizations. The lobbyists we engage are subject to a thorough due diligence process, and they must agree to act in accordance with HPE’s Standards of Business Conduct before they are retained. The Vice President of Government Relations regularly reviews and evaluates the hiring and retention of such outside lobbyists.
As required by law, HPE files quarterly reports regarding our U.S. federal lobbying activities and expenditures with the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Secretary of the U.S. Senate. These reports are made available by searching “Hewlett Packard Enterprise” as the Registrant. In addition, HPE discloses our total U.S. lobbying expenses allocated to trade association memberships and outside consultants in our annual Living Progress Report.
We are not currently a member of, nor do we financially support, any organization classified as a tax-exempt organization organized under Section 527 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or a tax-exempt organization that writes or endorses model legislation. To the extent applicable in the future, we will provide a list of the names of all such tax-exempt organizations to which HPE pays annual membership dues that are $25,000 or more.
The HPE Political Action Committee (HPE PAC) is a separate legal entity funded by voluntary donations from eligible U.S. employees, which makes bipartisan contributions to U.S. Congressional, state, and local candidates and committees. The HPE PAC has a structured criteria by which it evaluates contributions and considers whether the recipient not only shares our key business and public policy priorities, but also embraces our values and culture. The HPE PAC is governed by its board of directors, which appoints the officers of the PAC and supervises and directs the PAC's administration, solicitation campaigns, contributions, and compliance with applicable laws and the PAC Bylaws.
The HPE PAC’s contributions and expenditures are publicly disclosed on government-agency websites, including the Federal Election Commission's website. In addition, the HPE PAC makes previous year’s contributions available through our Political Contributions Report as well as the Living Progress Report.