Moller Maersk (Maersk)

InfluenceMap Score
C-
Performance Band
63%
Organisation Score
46%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Airlines and Logistics
Head​quarters:
Copenhagen, Denmark
Brands and Associated Companies
Maersk Line, Damco, Seago Line, Safmarine
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Moller Maersk (Maersk) appears to have positive engagement with climate change regulation regarding shipping at a global level, while negatively engaging with EU-level climate policy. Maersk appears supportive of Paris-aligned climate action in its top-line messaging and has generally advocated for an ambitious global climate strategy for shipping at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2018-20. However, it appears to oppose more ambitious regional climate measures to regulate shipping, such as the inclusion of shipping in the EU ETS.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Maersk publicly accepts the science of climate change. In 2018-20, Maersk has consistently called for the urgent decarbonization of shipping in line with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement, including a 1.5°C temperature goal. In 2020, Maersk appears supportive of more ambitious shipping climate regulation at a global level, at the expense of regional climate regulation from the EU.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Maersk has generally engaged with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Greenhouse Gas Strategy to push for greater ambition from the shipping sector. In October 2020 Maersk criticized the IMO’s newly agreed climate measures as “disappointing” for just requiring “minimum compliance”.

At a regional level, evidence from 2020 suggests that Maersk does not support including international shipping (EU to non-EU) journeys, rather than just intra-EU journeys, in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). In a November 2020 consultation response to updating the EU ETS, Maersk advocated for policies that would weaken the scheme, including giving shipping free emissions allowances and applying the scheme solely to intra-EU journeys.

The company has also expressed tentative support for a global carbon tax on shipping, with Maersk Chief of Operations Søren Toft suggesting in April 2019 that a carbon tax “could be an important mechanism” in the long run.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Regarding the energy transition, in December 2018 Maersk announced its intentions in a press release to “take the industry away from today’s fossil based technology” through new low-carbon technologies. In a 2020 press release, Maersk continues to state support for the decarbonization of shipping, after stating support for a transition away from fossil fuels for shipping in 2018-19.

Industry Association Governance: Maersk discloses its membership of a limited number of industry associations in its 2020 sustainability report without providing further details on the companies role within the associations’ governing bodies or influence over their climate positions. However, Maersk discloses this information in more, but not full, detail to CDP. Maersk has not published a review of its alignment with its industry associations. Maersk appears to have improved its indirect engagement with climate policy since selling its subsidiary Maersk Oil to Total SA in 2018. It subsequently appears to no longer participate in trade associations including the International Organization of Gas and Petroleum (IOGP) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) which have strongly negative engagement on climate change regulation. However, the company remains a key member of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) which - seemingly in contradiction to many of Maersk’s positions - has actively lobbied against stringent global climate change regulation for the shipping sector.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
1 NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
1 1 NA NS 1 1 NS NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
0 1 NA -1 2 NS NS NA
Support of UN Climate Process
1 2 NS NS 2 1 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA -1 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
0 NS 1 NS 1 NS NS NA
Emissions Trading
0 NS 1 -2 -1 NS NS NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
1 1 NS NS 1 NS NS NA
GHG Emission Regulation
NS 1 2 NS 1 NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NS 1 NA NA NA NS NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
43%
 
43%
 
52%
 
52%

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.