Code of Conduct

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. As we work to achieve this goal, we expect all Facebook Personnel (as defined in the Facebook Code of Conduct), to follow our Code of Conduct and Political Activities and Lobbying Policy and to always act lawfully, honestly, and ethically.

Compliance and Reporting

At Facebook, we regularly engage with government officials to discuss policy issues important to the company as well as share information about our products and services. In doing so, we maintain compliance with all relevant ethics laws and guidelines. All Facebook Personnel, including external consultants, who engage with government officials to discuss policy issues on our behalf receive training on the ethical standards required in all such interactions.

Facebook’s Vice President of Public Policy oversees all corporate political activity (including lobbying activities and political contributions) and is aided, in some instances, by a cross-functional team that includes representatives from Facebook’s Public Policy, Communications, and Legal departments. Pursuant to Facebook’s Political Activities and Lobbying policy, Facebook tracks and reports on its lobbying activities in all jurisdictions where such disclosures are required, and complies with the applicable codes of ethics pertinent to registered lobbying entities, as well as guidelines and requirements regarding the hiring of former government officials, including limits on their ability to conduct certain activities during required cooling-off periods. Expenditures made for political activities are subject to the same expenditure approval matrix applicable to all Facebook expenditures.

Facebook’s Policies For Assessing Candidates and Making Political Contributions

Where legally permitted to do so, either through Facebook’s federally-registered PAC or through direct corporate contributions, we support the campaigns of candidates for public office in the United States who share our vision of an open and connected world and a culture of innovation.

Under US campaign finance law, Facebook (like all corporations) is prohibited from donating directly to federal political candidates. Since many Facebook employees wish to support federal candidates who share their goal of making the world more open and connected, we formed Facebook, Inc. PAC (FBPAC) in 2011. FBPAC is regulated under the Federal Election Commission and its activity, which is reported quarterly, may be found here.

In deciding which federal candidates to support, Facebook PAC considers whether an individual candidate’s policy stances are consistent with Facebook’s public policy agenda and business interests, particularly the individual’s commitment to fostering innovation and an open Internet. We also consider whether Facebook has a presence in a candidate’s district or state, whether a candidate works on policy issues that are relevant to Facebook.

Where permitted by law, Facebook may contribute to candidates for state office, with the goal of promoting a more open and connected world. Our Vice President of US Public Policy oversees these contributions with the assistance of a cross-functional team that includes representatives from Facebook’s Public Policy, Communications, and Legal departments. State political activity is conducted in compliance with applicable disclosure laws, including the timely filing of required reports.

Apart from these political contributions, Facebook does not make any independent expenditures in support of or opposition to any candidate for office.

The private political preferences of Facebook executives, directors, and employees do not influence either FBPAC’s or the Company’s political contributions. Additionally, a contribution to a candidate for office does not mean that we agree with every policy or position that candidate may espouse.

No campaign contribution will be made with the expectation that Facebook will receive something in return.

Facebook PAC Contributions (Federal)

You can view a detailed report of Facebook’s PAC contributions to federal candidates by clicking the link below. This report, which will be updated annually, includes contributions made since 2012.

Federal Contributions

Contributions – States (Nonfederal)

You may view a detailed report of Facebook corporate political contributions to candidates in states that permit them, by clicking the link below. This report, which will be updated annually, includes contributions made since 2010.

State Contributions

Lobbying Disclosure Filings

Facebook regularly discloses information about our federal and state lobbying activities. You may view our quarterly federal lobbying disclosures for the past several years, by clicking the links below.

Federal Lobbying Disclosures:

2012

2011

2010

2009

Political Activity by Facebook Employees

Facebook employees may participate in personal political activities, on their own time and with their own funds. Employees must keep such activity separate from work and never represent that such activities are being conducted on behalf of Facebook. Pursuant to Facebook’s Political Activities & Lobbying Policy, no personal political contribution or expenditure may be, or will be, coerced by Facebook or its executives.

Memberships

Facebook belongs to various trade groups and organizations representing diverse views and communities. We seek to participate in conversations about the issues that directly affect our company and the experience of the people who use our service. We chose these organizations because they are engaged in meaningful dialogue about either the Internet or the local communities in which we operate. While we actively participate in these discussions, we do not always agree with every policy or position that individual organizations or their leadership take. Therefore, our membership should not be viewed as an endorsement of any particular organization or policy.

While the groups we work with will continue to evolve, below please find a representative list of the ones we have worked with this year. When possible, we link to the organization’s website, so that you may find out more about them.

Associations, Coalitions, and Membership Organizations:

Our team works with independent third-party organizations on issues relating to technology and Internet policy. While the third parties we work with will continue to evolve, below are examples of those we have worked with this year.

Third Party Groups

Sometimes we support events that highlight Internet and social media issues. While the events we sponsor or participate in will continue to evolve, below are examples of those we have worked with this year.

Events