Climate Change

Exxon Mobil

Brands and Associated Companies Esso Mobil Exxon
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Irving, United States
Brands and Associated Companies
Esso, Mobil, Exxon
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ExxonMobil appears to have a broad and negative engagement with climate change policy. ExxonMobil has understood the fundamentals of climate science since 1977, but from the late 1980s has been at the forefront of efforts to mislead public knowledge on the science in order to stifle and delay climate-driven regulations. Despite claiming in 2008 that it would cease its funding of climate denial, it has continued to support denial through research sponsorship and political non-profits such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and in 2016, and still continues to emphasize the uncertainty of climate change science in corporate communications. In March 2016, ExxonMobil stated its commitment to the “shale revolution”, arguing for an increased role for unconventional gas as a way of tackling climate change but also suggesting that it "fundamentally disagrees" with attempts to transition the energy mix. Accordingly, ExxonMobil appears to propagate against a low-carbon future, stating to investors in 2014 that it is not taking a “low carbon scenario” seriously because – in its estimation – the impact of policy changes “are beyond those that societies, especially the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, would be willing to bear”. This position was affirmed through ExxonMobil’s 2016 Energy Outlook and its ‘plan b’, which are not supportive of a transition in line with 2C and criticize renewable mandates. Opposition to renewable energy has been communicated elsewhere by ExxonMobil, specifically by CEO Rex Tillerson at ExxonMobil’s 2014 AGM, where he also suggested that ExxonMobil was opposing carbon trading systems, and, despite stating a preference for carbon taxes over other government interventions, appeared to argue that the best-case scenario would be an “absence of any policy”. In the run up to the Paris climate negotiations at the end of 2015, ExxonMobil executives raised concern to the press about the “serious costs” of climate regulation including CAFE standards, EU cap and trade policy and Californian low-carbon fuel standards. ExxonMobil claims to support a carbon tax with the exception that it is revenue-neutral, however, reports also suggest its political donations have been used to influence against such a policy direction. The company has also pressed for the repeal of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s renewable fuel standards and has reportedly opposed GHG emission standards, working with other parties to take legal action against the EPA over the Clean Air Act. Senior ExxonMobil executives have strong links with trade associations across the world known for their active and effective opposition to climate change policy, including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA).

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