Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

InfluenceMap Score
D-
Performance Band
40%
Organisation Score
40%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Automotive
Head​quarters:
London, United Kingdom
Brands and Associated Companies
Jeep, Alpha Romeo, Dodge, Ferrari

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) appears to have opposed several strands of climate change regulation that impact the automotive sector. While FCA’s 2018 sustainability report, released in April 2019, does not specify whether the company supports action to respond to climate change in line with the limits set by the IPCC nor detail the company’s positioning on specific policy streams, the company has previously stated it supports for the UN Climate Treaty, signing a joint letter advocating for policymakers to support action to meet UN Climate Treaty objectives in May 2016. Despite this, FCA has been a consistent opponent of ambitious vehicle GHG emissions standards and fuel economy standards in the United States since 2016. In consultation with the US EPA in 2016, the company stressed what it saw as ‘extensive’ technical concerns with the attempt to finalize GHG emission and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for model years (MY) 2022-2025. In 2018, having lobbied President Donald Trump directly, former FCA CEO Serio Marchionne said he was “fully supportive” of the administration’s efforts to roll back US CAFE standards. FCA lobbied in support of the Trump Administration’s proposed ‘SAFE’ rule in a comment to the EPA in October 2018 to freeze GHG emission and CAFE standards at 2022 levels. Current CEO Mike Manley has been less open on this issue, saying in August 2019 that FCA would “absolutely....have a look at'' a deal for more stringent standards made between the state of California and a number of major automakers. However in October 2019, FCA filed with the US Court of Appeals in support of President Trump’s attempt to rollback US vehicle standards, including supporting the removal of California’s ability to set its own, more stringent standards. While FCA’s 2019 CDP disclosure states the company's support for regulations to enable the electrification of transport, FCA appears to have opposed policy mandates to ensure a shift towards zero or low emission vehicles. For example, in a October 2018 comment to the EPA, FCA advocated that US federal agencies might remove US state-level authority to set ZEV mandates, such as California's Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) program. Former FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne also made a number of comments suggesting opposition to the electrification of transport, describing the emission reduction potentials of electric vehicles as “make-believe” in 2017 and stressing commercial concerns around electrification at the 2016 and 2018 Detroit Auto Shows. FCA has instead communicated support for policies that encourage the deployment of natural gas within the transport sector, withsenior FCA executives in South America stating in March 2019 that “The future of Argentina’s energy is natural gas.” FCA CEO Mike Manley was made President of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) in December 2019. FCA is also a member of the US Automotive Alliance. Both of these groups have actively and aggressively opposed the development of more stringent climate regulation for the sector in 2017-18.

QUESTIONS
SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency
1 NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Climate Science Stance
0 NS NA NS NS 0 NS NA
Need for Climate Regulation
NS NS NS NS 1 NS NS NA
UN Treaty Support
1 2 NS NS NS NS NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
-1 NA -1 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Emissions Trading
NS NS NS NS -2 -2 NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards
NS 1 NS -1 -1 -1 -1 NA
Renewable Energy Legislation
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix
0 NS 1 -1 0 0 -1 NA
GHG Emission Standards
NS 2 NS -1 -1 -1 -1 NA
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NS 1 NA NA NA NS NA
Climate Lobbying Governance
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
44%
 
44%
 
33%
 
33%
 
41%
 
41%
 
36%
 
36%
 
35%
 
35%

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.