BHP

InfluenceMap Score
D-
Performance Band
48%
Organisation Score
40%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Materials
Head​quarters:
Melbourne, Australia
Brands and Associated Companies
BHP Transport and Logistics, South32

BHP has consistently communicated top-line support for the Paris Agreement and policy action on climate change between 2017-2020. The company's 2020 disclosures state support for a policy framework that includes a "complementary set of measures," focusing on a price on carbon, support for low-emissions technology, and measures to build resilience. This position has been reaffirmed in messaging from the group's leadership. However, other communications from BHP appear to dilute the level of climate policy ambition supported by the company. For example, in consultations submitted to Australian policymakers on climate-motivated policy in 2018 and 2019, BHP has stressed that "Government intervention should be limited to where required to address demonstrated market failure." Furthermore, in 2019, the Australian Financial Times reported that former BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie communicated support for the use of Kyoto Carry Credits to achieve Australia's climate goals under the Paris Agreement in a private call with investors, a move that would suppress climate ambition in the country. Although BHP was an opponent of the Australian carbon tax in 2014, in 2017-2020 BHP has communicated support for a carbon price that addresses "competitiveness concerns and achieves lowest-cost emission reductions," with CEO Andrew Mackenzie advocating a carbon tax in February 2018. BHP communicated in favour of a price on carbon, along with energy efficiency measures, during the 2017 independent review into the Future of the Australian National Electricity Market and also backed an energy intensity trading scheme. BHP has stated support for a 'technology neutral' approach to emission reductions and communicated opposition to subsidies for either renewable energy or coal-fired energy in 2018. However, while communicating support for an energy transition, BHP has also communicated positions that remain sympathetic to the role of fossil fuels in the future energy mix, including a prolonged role for coal. BHP has also has not supported legislation to support the growth of renewable energy in Australia, advocating in 2017 for a repeal of state-based Australian renewables targets and not supporting post-2020 national renewables targets. BHP has publicly disclosed two reviews of its industry association memberships in 2017 and 2019. The first of which concluded there were material differences between its position on climate and World Coal Association's, resulting in BHP quitting the group in April 2018. However, while BHP also found material differences with highly oppositional lobby groups, including US Chamber of Commerce and Minerals Council of Australia, it has elected to retain its memberships and directly engage these groups on their climate and energy policy positions.

QUERIES
DATA 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 0 0 1 0 NA
Need for Climate Regulation
0 NS NA 0 NS NS NS NA
UN Treaty Support
1 1 NS 1 1 1 2 NA
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA 1 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
0 0 0 0 0 0 NS NA
Emissions Trading
0 NS 0 0 0 0 1 NA
Energy Efficiency Standards
NS NS 1 -1 NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation
NS NS NS -2 -1 -2 NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix
0 0 -1 -1 0 0 -1 NA
GHG Emission Standards
2 0 NS 0 -1 0 NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NS 0 NA NA NA NS NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
60%
 
60%
 
25%
 
25%
 
68%
 
68%
 
22%
 
22%
 
28%
 
28%
 
45%
 
45%
 
35%
 
35%
 
52%
 
52%
 
17%
 
17%

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.