Autodesk advocates for public policies around the world that enable people to design, build and make more with less negative impact. We engage with policy makers directly from our own point of view, but also join with associations and other partners when speaking collectively is more effective. While the policy environment is always evolving and differs among regions of the world, our core areas of advocacy remain focused on issues close to our business, customers and employees. Thus, we champion public policies that advance the transformation of construction, manufacturing and production; enable cloud and data-driven business models; promote sustainability; prepare students and workers for the careers of the future; and create a diverse and inclusive workplace. Below are a few highlights of our public policy positions:
Protecting Consumer Privacy
At Autodesk, we believe all Americans deserve strong privacy protections no matter where they live. That’s why we support Congress enacting a national privacy law that raises standards throughout the country.
Responsible & Innovative Artificial Intelligence
Autodesk believes in the transformative potential of AI, but also recognizes that AI is an emerging technology that poses challenges policymakers around the world need to understand and address. We support public policies that bolster development and deployment of AI to help tackle important societal needs and challenges, while acting to mitigate risks where necessary.
Read about our policy agenda to support the transformative potential of artificial intelligence.
Bolstering Advanced Manufacturing
From digital product design, to robotics and 3D printing, manufacturers around the world are undergoing transformations to stay competitive by digitizing their manufacturing processes. Autodesk supports public policies and public-private partnerships that accelerate training on, and adoption of, advanced manufacturing tools and methods, especially by small and medium-sized enterprises.
Read about how we are supporting U.S. federal initiatives to support advanced manufacturing.
Developing More Innovative and Resilient Infrastructure & Buildings
Autodesk believes better use of technology can help transform the design and construction process so that it is more innovative, efficient, safer, more sustainable, and better managed throughout its lifecycle. We support public policies that foster greater adoption of digital design and construction tools for public infrastructure and building projects, including those that support the use of building information modeling (BIM) and construction management technologies.
Read our testimony to the House Small Business Committee describing how technology is transforming the construction industry with software that helps improve quality and safety and reduce time and costs.
Tackling Climate Change
Autodesk takes a broad approach to addressing the challenges of climate change. This includes developing products that help our customers design and make things more sustainably, managing our own operations to make our entire business climate neutral and engaging with policymakers on select environmental policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Read our CEO’s perspective on climate change, including some of our recent policy work.
Supporting the Transition to the Future of Work
Training and upskilling in new technologies and digital tools are critical to the current and future success of the economy and country. Autodesk supports government efforts to give people the opportunity to thrive as work skills continue to evolve.
Read about our push for workforce development as part of U.S. economic recovery legislation.
Government Affairs Team Mission Statement
Autodesk’s vision is to help people imagine, design, and make a better world. The mission of Autodesk’s Government Affairs Team is to promote public policies that advance Autodesk’s vision, business, and values before policy-makers worldwide, in compliance with the highest ethical standards and Autodesk’s Code of Business Conduct.
Corporate Political Contributions
Autodesk does not have a Political Action Committee (PAC) and does not contribute corporate funds to candidates or the political committees they control in Federal, state or local elections, and does not contribute corporate funds to state or local political party committees. The Company does not engage in any direct political contributions to 527 groups or independent expenditures. Rarely, and only if aligned closely with our public policy priorities, Autodesk will engage with 501(c)4s or on ballot measures. Below is a list of our engagements since 2018 which is updated semi-annually.
“Faster Bay Area” - a group of policy, government, business, transportation and community leaders supporting the creation of a seamless, reliable, modern transportation future for the region. (2019)
Trade Associations, Think Tanks & Other Organizations
Autodesk joins industry associations, trade groups, coalitions, professional associations and similar organizations to advance important company interests and public policy goals. We engage with organizations that reflect our values and interests and are focused on issues that are important to the company. Our participation in these organizations does not indicate that we endorse or support all the policy positions that any organization or its members choose to take. These are the policy organizations we currently belong to which is updated annually:
As required by applicable law, Autodesk files periodic disclosure reports with the Secretary of the U.S. Senate and the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. state and local jurisdictions, and other governments globally, where required. The reports we file can be found at the following sites: