Climate Change


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Jona, Switzerland

LafargeHolcim appears to have a significant but mixed engagement with various strands of climate change policy. Through making statements in a number of internal publications and by joining a number of external initiatives, LafargeHolcim has clearly expressed its support of the need for action to keep global warming to below two degrees and, in the run-up to COP21, LafargeHolcim CEO Eric Olsen called for a ‘ground-breaking international climate agreement’ to help the advance of a low-carbon society. However, LafargeHolcim appears to have a mixed engagement with a number of climate policy strands. For example, on its website, in public communications and through its CDP responses, Lafarge has indicated its support of energy efficiency targets. However, in feedback to EU policy makers regarding the EU ETS, LafargeHolcim appears to have suggested that the European energy efficiency was burdensome and unnecessary. LafargeHolcim's 2015CDP response states support for cap and trade emission policy ‘with minor exceptions’, although in consultations with EU policy makers in 2014 and 2015, Lafarge appears to have stressed issues around carbon leakage to opposed reforms to the emission trading scheme such as the Market Stability Reserve and the Cross-Sectoral Correction factor. LafargeHolcim does appear to support policy to help the transition of the energy mix away from fossil fuels, having signed the “business proposals for COP 21”, whilst also separately suggesting to EU policy makers its support for renewable energy targets for the power generation sector. However, in a 2016 investor prospectus it has criticised the 'material adverse' affect moving away from fossil fuels will have on its business. The company also appears to have strong connections to various organizations such as MEDEF and the European Roundtable of Industrialists, who appear to have a negative influence on climate change legislation. Furthermore, CEO of Lafarge Africa and ex-vice president of Lafarge Peter Hoddinott was president of CEMBUREAU between 2013 and 2015, during which time CEMBUREAU strongly advocated against ambitious reforms to the EU ETS and campaigned to maintain free allowances of emission permits for the cement sector.

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