Public policy & political activity
We make sure any public policy or political activity we undertake is lawful, ethical and within our Code of Conduct. As a company, we do not participate in party political activities.
What do we mean?
We all need to take the greatest care about what we say, do or support in the public or political domain.
Political contributions and donations can involve cash and non-cash, such as the use of corporate facilities, services or materials or employee time. Typically they are to support a governmental entity, or a political organisation, party or candidate.
Any political contribution in the EU needs approval from our shareholders. In the US, certain political contributions and campaign donations are permitted by law and are an accepted part of local custom and practice with respect to government/industry engagement.
The company does not make any political donations or contributions in the European Union. In the US, our businesses may make political contributions or donations, provided they are approved by the relevant business managing director and comply with policies and processes approved by the Chief Executive Officer of Balfour Beatty plc. Any permitted political contribution should not be such that its scale or affiliation might be seen as excessive or inappropriate.
The laws on lobbying and government relations are complex and differ between jurisdictions. Whenever and wherever we act on behalf of Balfour Beatty we must take great care about what we say, do or support in the public or political domain.
Your right to your political view
Everyone who works for us has the right to participate in politics in their personal capacity and to pay political contributions out of their own pocket, so long as this does not lead them into a conflict of interest. See the Conflicts of interest section. You can’t use the company’s time or resources to do so and you must never appear to represent the company or its views when engaging in personal political activities, unless specifically authorised by the company to do so.
Make sure of our facts and have the appropriate approvals when talking with governments and public bodies
Make sure all our interactions with public officials comply with our Code
Engage in any public policy activity on behalf of Balfour Beatty or appear to represent the views of the company unless expressly authorised to do so by the Corporate Communications and Investor Relations team