Gartner believes that engagement in the political, legislative and regulatory process is important to our company. We participate in the political and public policy process in ways that are intended to support the best interests of our company, employees, customers and shareholders. Our political activities are never based on the personal preferences of individual employees, executives, or board members. They are done in accordance with all applicable laws, and consistent with our high ethical standards.
Corporate political contributions
The company does not make any contributions from corporate funds to candidates for state, local, or federal office or to political parties. Gartner also does not make any contributions from corporate funds to organizations classified under the Internal Revenue Code as section 527 entities or to any Super PACs, ballot initiatives, electioneering communications, or for independent political expenditures. The company does not maintain a political action committee (PAC).
From time to time we engage in public policy discussions with federal, state and local governments. When we determine it is in the best interest of our company, we work with governments to provide information and perspective that support our point of view through our lobbyists. All United States federal lobbying costs, and the issues to which they relate, are publicly available here. In 2019, Gartner spent $120,000 in U.S. federal lobbying expenses.
Participation in trade associations
We participate in and pay annual dues to trade and industry associations that give us insight and knowledge into the issues and trends impacting our sector, and to the sectors that we research and advise. Participation as a member of these associations does not mean we always agree with all of the positions of the organizations, or those of other members.
Voluntary employee political participation
Our employees are free to support the political process in a variety of ways on their own, such as through personal financial contributions or volunteering for candidates or organizations of their choice. As stated in our Conflicts of Interest policy, employee personal political activities must not be conducted on company time or involve any use of company resources, and must not suggest the company’s support.
Compliance and oversight
Our General Counsel, in consultation with members of our executive leadership team, oversees our political, lobbying and compliance activities. Our management team is responsible for ensuring that the company’s political activities are conducted and disclosed in accordance with applicable law.