Free Trade

We support open markets and free trade. International trade is a powerful engine of global economic growth, and economic growth fosters improved living conditions and opportunities around the world. We support government-to-government negotiations aimed at liberalizing trading rules and opening markets, both on a bilateral and multinational basis. We believe that rules based only on fair trade are those that are sustainable, and that all participants must be responsible citizens of the countries in which they do business.

Intellectual Property and Competitiveness

As a participant in the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy, Xerox plays an active role in combating theft of intellectual property by counterfeiters who manufacture “knock-off” products. The coalition is a strong advocate of stronger laws against dealing in counterfeit goods and has developed best-practice guidelines that help companies protect their supply chains from counterfeit items.

Through our support of the American Competitive Initiative, which directs more resources to math and science education, we are focused on improving the nation’s ability to compete on the global stage.

We also support necessary reforms to the U.S. patent system that serve to reduce the threats to innovation that come from frivolous litigation.

Xerox Public Policy Engagement and Political Contributions Policy

Xerox and its employees have a long-standing tradition of active engagement in the communities in which we live and work. Our participation in the political process and public policy debate reflects our traditions and core values.

At the same time, Xerox believes our political involvement should set a clear standard of how both our company and our employees should responsibly engage in the political process. For nearly a decade Xerox has had a long-standing policy that nothing of value may be given, paid, promised or offered – directly or indirectly – to any political party, committee and/or candidate for any federal, state or local government office anywhere around the world. Therefore, “soft” money contributions are not and have not been allowed at Xerox, even long before recent lobbying disclosure laws. In addition, Xerox does not allow any employee or consultant to provide anything of value to any government employee. This policy too was in place long before Congress put the standard into law for all corporations and organizations. There are no exceptions to this policy, even for gifts of a modest value.

Xerox discloses any contributions to 527s, tax-exempt organizations that raise money for political activities including issue advocacy, and contributions used for political purposes to 501c(4) organizations. From our trade associations that receive from us dues or payments of $25,000 or more, Xerox has requested they disclose to us details about their political expenses. We also ask these same organizations to report to us the portion of Xerox dues or payments used for such expenses or contributions that, if they had been made directly by Xerox, would not be deductible under 162(e)(1)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code. This information is reported and disclosed at www.xerox.com/citizenship.