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Relationships with organizations, associations and political parties

Fiat Group believes that responsible corporate citizenship is also reflected through participation in public policy development and advocacy in the communities and countries where the company does business.

The Group embraces dialogue and engagement with numerous organizations. It regularly participates  in round table discussions and working groups at both the national and international levels to represent the interests of both the company and its many stakeholders.

Relationships with organizations and associations are subject to the Code of Conduct and to the Fiat S.p.A. Business Ethics and Anti-Corruption Guidelines and Conflict of Interest Guidelines as well as Chrysler Group’s Integrity Code, Policy and Procedures. Any advocacy activities are conducted in strict observance of applicable laws and regulations and fully respect the Group’s core values and principles of fairness, transparency and integrity. Advocacy activities must be authorized at the appropriate level within each Group company.
Dialogue with associations focuses on issues of an economic nature, such as those related to growth, development and company performance; environmental issues linked to sustainable mobility; labor policies (flexibility, training, pension systems); and specific needs associated with Fiat Group products, manufacturing and commercial activities (technical, trade and tax regulation).

In particular, consistent with the Fiat S.p.A. Code of Conduct and Chrysler Group Integrity Code, the Group aims to contribute positively to the future development of regulations and standards in the automotive industry and in all other sectors related to the mobility of people and goods.

Europe

In Europe, the Group belongs to trade associations such as the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Moreover, with respect to the natural gas vehicle (NGV) sector, Fiat is also a member of NGV Italy and NGVA Europe, the industry associations with the mission to foster good relations with Italian, European and international institutions, and to define and advocate the positions of the European NGV industry.

Fiat Group believes that advocating the use of natural gas in many different ways will help to secure sustainable mobility.

The Group also participates in working groups such as the European Round Table (ERT) for industrial leaders. Through ACEA, which interfaces on a regular basis with the major European institutions, Fiat S.p.A. has contributed to the definition of regulations and directives on CO2 emissions, technical car standards and international transport and trade policies, in an effort to ensure that regulations are balanced and sustainable for automakers and EU member states.

North America

In North America, the Group works with several industry organizations. As a founding member, Chrysler Group has a long history of working with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and supporting critical projects. This cooperative forum for the auto industry is focused on improving business processes and practices involving trading partners and peers throughout the supply chain. Projects in corporate responsibility, supply chain management and quality allow both Chrysler Group and the industry to improve the quality and efficiency of daily work.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is the leading advocacy group for the US auto industry. The Alliance focuses on developing and implementing constructive solutions to public policy challenges that promote sustainable mobility and benefit society in the areas of environment, energy and motor vehicle safety. The organization provides Chrysler Group and the auto industry with a united voice on US federal and state regulatory and legislative matters.

The Group is also engaged with organizations that focus on alternative propulsion or fuels, including the US Natural Gas Vehicle Association as well as the Electric Drive Transportation Association.

Brazil

In Brazil, Fiat has long been an active member of the Associação Nacional dos Fabricantes de Veículos Automotores (ANFAVEA), among others. This nationwide association unites the country’s automakers with the purpose of addressing industry and market issues affecting the automotive sector as well as coordinating and protecting the collective interests of the association’s members.

Other countries

In other countries, such dealings are carried out through the employers’ associations that Group companies belong to, such as the Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände (BDA) in Germany, Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF) in France, Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales del Metal (CONFEMETAL) in Spain, Polish Confederation of Private Employers - Lewiatan (PKPP Lewiatan) in Poland,  Confederação Nacional da Indústria (CNI) in Brazil and Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Transformación (CANACINTRA) in Mexico.

These associations act to protect the interests of their partners and represent them in social dialogue, both at the national and local levels, with the key political and administrative institutions, trade unions and other social parties.

In Europe, Business Europe, the confederation of European businesses, representing more than twenty million companies of all sizes through its 41 member federations from 35 countries - is a recognized partner that participates in social dialogue at the European Union level.

Finally, any relationship between Fiat Group and political parties and their representatives or candidates is conducted according to the highest standards of transparency and integrity.

Political contributions by the Group are only allowed where permitted by law and must be authorized at the appropriate level within each Group company. In 2013, no contributions were made by Fiat Group to political parties. Fiat Group does not have a Political Action Committee (PAC), but employees are free to make personal contributions to political candidates or parties, to the extent that these contributions do not violate corporate policy. Any political association or financial contribution made by Group employees is considered personal and completely voluntary.

Public funding

Fiat Group worldwide (€ million)

  2013 2012
Grants 44 81
Loans 973 509
of which subsidized loans 571 309
of which EIB (1) loans 402 200

(1) European Investment Bank

Public funding by country

Fiat Group worldwide