BHP Billiton

InfluenceMap Score
D-
Performance Band
49%
Organisation Score
40%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Materials
Head​quarters:
Melbourne, Australia
Brands and Associated Companies
BHP Transport and Logistics, South32
Wikipedia:

BHP Billiton’s (BHP) climate change policy lobbying remains conflicted and inconsistent. BHP has been consistent in advocating for both limiting global warming to 2°C and the UN Climate Agreement, with BHP’s CEO Andrew Mackenzie personally in 2017 asking US President Trump to remain in the agreement. However, BHP Billiton opposes ambitious renewable energy policy in Australia, advocating in 2017 for a repeal of state-based Australian renewables targets and not supporting post-2020 national renewables targets, suggesting such targets deny Australians “affordability, reliability and emissions reduction”. Although BHP was a vocal opponent of the Australian carbon tax and advocated for its repeal in 2014, it has since supported placing a price on carbon that addresses “competitiveness concerns and achieves lowest cost emission reductions”]. In 2017 BHP backed an Australian energy intensity scheme trading scheme. However, BHP continues to actively advocate for a strong future role for coal in the energy mix, in particular to meet the energy needs of developing nations. BHP has furthermore in 2017 actively defended fossil fuel subsidies in Australia including the petroleum resources rent tax and the fuel tax credit and lobbied policymakers for “baseload generation” financial incentives, which in practice would likely subsidize coal plants. BHP is a member of number of organizations that have strongly opposed climate change legislation, including the World Coal Association and the Minerals Council of Australia, with whom they have an executive on the board. BHP considers its position “consistent” with both these organisations.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 2 1 NA 2 2 2 2 NA
Climate Science Stance 1 0 NA 2 1 0 0 NA
Need for climate regulations 1 NS 1 2 NS NS NS NA
UN Treaty Support 2 1 NS NS 1 1 2 NA
Transparency on Legislation -1 NA 1 NA NA NA NS 1
Carbon Tax 0 0 0 -2 -1 -2 NS NA
Emissions Trading NS NS 0 0 0 NS 1 NA
Energy Efficiency Standards NS NS 1 -1 NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation NS NS NS -2 -1 0 NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix -1 0 NS -1 -1 -1 -1 NA
GHG Emission Standards NS 0 NS 0 -1 0 NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships -2 NS 1 NA NA NA NS 0
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
54%
 
54%
 
33%
 
33%
 
34%
 
34%
 
70%
 
70%
 
44%
 
44%
 
24%
 
24%
 
47%
 
47%
 
35%
 
35%
 
40%
 
40%

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.