Rio Tinto Group

InfluenceMap Score
E+
Performance Band
33%
Organisation Score
39%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Materials
Head​quarters:
London, United Kingdom
Brands and Associated Companies
Alcan
Official Web Site:

Rio Tinto has been an active and negative in its lobbying towards climate change policy. However, it has consistently supported both a 2°C goal and the UN Climate Treaty, and urged the US President Trump to stay in the agreement in 2017. Nevertheless, Rio Tinto has stated opposition to Australian federal targets and subsidies for renewable energy in 2017 consultation responses, alongside rejecting similar state-level legislation for Queensland in 2016. Evidence further suggests Rio Tinto advocated for an exemption for aluminium production and trade-exposed industries from Australian renewable energy legislative costs in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Rio Tinto prominently opposed the Australian carbon tax, with former CEO, Sam Walsh, supporting a repeal of the legislation in 2014. Rio Tinto has also signed multiple letters opposing EU ETS reforms in 2013-14 to increase the effectiveness of the scheme. In a 2016 consultation Rio Tinto supported weakening the British Columbia carbon tax and in 2016 supported greater protection for “trade exposed” industries from a proposed British Columbian carbon pricing policy. Rio Tinto also supports a high GHG energy mix; a 2017 consultation response suggests that to improve reliability and reduce the costs of Australia’s electricity supply, new coal plants should be built. Rio Tinto is a member of the Mining Association of Canada, Minerals Council of Australia and World Coal Association who have opposed climate legislation throughout Canada, Australia, and the world respectively.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 2 NS NS 2 1 NS NS NA
Climate Science Stance 0 0 NA 0 -2 NS NS NA
Need for climate regulations -1 NS NS -1 NS NS NS NA
UN Treaty Support 1 1 NA 1 1 1 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation 0 NA 1 NA NA NA NS 1
Carbon Tax NS -2 -1 -1 -2 -2 NS NA
Emissions Trading 1 -1 -1 -1 -2 1 NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards NS 0 -1 -2 -2 NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation -1 -1 NS -2 -1 NS NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix -1 0 NS -1 -1 -2 NS NA
GHG Emission Standards NS 0 -1 -1 NS NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships -1 NS 1 NA NA NA NS 1
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
54%
 
54%
 
28%
 
28%
 
70%
 
70%
 
44%
 
44%
 
34%
 
34%
 
24%
 
24%
 
36%
 
36%
 
35%
 
35%
 
40%
 
40%

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.