Climate Change

BHP Billiton

Brands and Associated Companies BHP Transport and Logistics South32
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Melbourne, Australia
Brands and Associated Companies
BHP Transport and Logistics, South32

BHP Billiton (BHP) appears to have a mixed engagement with climate regulation. In 2014 BHP stated support for the introduction of the South African carbon tax. Although in the same year BHP vocally opposed the Australian carbon tax and welcomed its repeal. In 2015, it also stated support for a price on carbon, and emissions trading schemes in the UK and Australia, with the exception that they address "competitiveness concerns and achieves lowest cost emission reductions". BHP in 2015 clearly advocated for a strong UN treaty on climate change and affirmed its support for decarbonizing the global economy. 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 is a member of number of organizations that have strongly opposed strands of climate change legislation, including the Business Council of Australia (BCA) and the American Petroleum Institute. They also have executive on the board of the Minerals Council of Australia, which in 2015 ran a "Coal. It's an amazing thing" campaign. In their 2015 CDP disclosure, BHP stated their position on climate change issues was "consistent" with the Minerals Council of Australia.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 2 2 NA 2 2 NS 2 NA
Climate Science Stance 2 1 NA 2 0 2 NS NA
Need for climate regulations 1 NS 1 2 NS NS NS NA
UN Treaty Support 2 2 NS NS 2 2 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation -2 NA 1 NA NA NA NS 2
Carbon Tax 0 0 0 NS 0 0 NS NA
Emissions Trading NS NS 0 0 0 NS NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards NS NS 1 -1 NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix -1 0 NS -1 -1 -1 NS NA
GHG Emission Standards NS 1 NS 0 NS 0 NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships -2 NS 1 NA NA NA NS 1
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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.