Public Policy Advocacy and Compliance

We engage with policymakers to find solutions to the issues that are most important to our business and stakeholders. While topics can cover a broad cross-section of policy areas such as global trade and taxes, our focus remains on energy efficiency and refrigerant policy. 

Public Policy

Ingersoll Rand supports policies that facilitate market transitions to more energy-efficient technologies and products that use next generation, low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. We engage in public policy both directly and indirectly through associations and coalitions to understand and help shape future regulations in these policy areas. Our approach includes actively participating in international forums, and, when appropriate, our technical policy experts engage directly with regulators and other key stakeholders in advance of and during the rulemaking process.

To improve energy efficiency, we set and already exceeded our 2020 citizenship target to educate officials in developing markets about
energy management and optimization. These efforts advance solutions
to meet the growing demand for affordable, sustainable energy which is crucial to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and creating more resilient communities.

Our objective for refrigerants is to offer customers choices and guidance about how and when to transition to low-GWP alternatives. We continue
to evaluate and test available alternatives for global markets to ensure we have the best balance of performance, safety, reliability and availability as well as a strong service organization and supply chain in place to support the transition. We participate in the United Nations Montreal Protocol process and other international forums, bringing research and industry expertise to facilitate a practical transition that expedites the reduction of GHG emissions.

At the same time, we are also working proactively with suppliers through our global Climate Commitment to identify and develop a viable, long-term low-GWP alternative to R-410A, which is the most prevalent hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) used in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) today. This alternative is crucial to the success of the Kigali Agreement to the Montreal Protocol, which seeks to phase down HFCs by 85% by 2036.

Air quality is also an important focus for our policy efforts as urbanization is increasing pollution in cities around the world. In Europe, for example, the proliferation of diesel in passenger and commercial vehicles is increasing levels of particulate and other emissions that have negative health impacts. In line with legislative efforts to create pollutant thresholds, our Thermo King® brand is investing in power technology with significantly lower pollutants.    

Political Activity and Contributions 

The laws of many countries prohibit or strictly limit contributions by corporations to political parties and candidates. Although our employees may engage in personal political activity, they are prohibited from doing so on behalf of Ingersoll Rand or as a company employee. In the United States, Ingersoll Rand manages a nonpartisan political action committee (PAC), which is compliant with all applicable laws and is regulated by the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Under the FEC, all funds received by the PAC, and resulting contributions to federal candidates, are publicly disclosed in the FEC Campaign Finance database. Our employees are not permitted to receive any type of reimbursement from the company for personal contributions to political parties and candidates. 

Ingersoll Rand Political Action Committee Total Contributions (U.S. Only)

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

$30,000

$28,500

$24,500

$11,000

$37,500

$7,500

Contributions to 527 Organizations 

Ingersoll Rand has not contributed to 527 Organizations – political organizations created under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code other than political action committees and candidates – and has no intention of doing so. We also do not, and have no intention to, contribute to federal independent expenditure-only committees, also known as “Super PACs."