Rio Tinto Group

InfluenceMap Score
D-
Performance Band
41%
Organisation Score
41%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Materials
Head​quarters:
London, United Kingdom
Brands and Associated Companies
Alcan
Official Web Site:

Rio Tinto is actively engaged on climate and energy policy. Whilst the company has made various top-line statements in support of action on climate, these appear not to be aligned either with the companies’ detailed lobbying positions, or the lobbying of its trade associations. Rio Tinto has supported a 2°C goal as well as the UN Climate Treaty and urged the US President Trump to stay in the agreement in 2017. However, in 2018, Rio Tinto suggested the New Zealand Government remove GHG emission targets from the Zero Carbon Bill on the grounds that is was potentially politically divisive. Additionally, in 2018, Rio Tinto supported weakening the Safeguard Mechanism in Australia. In the past, Rio Tinto has taken oppositional positions on carbon taxes and emissions trading policy. In 2018, the company stated it supported a market-based price on carbon, with the caveat that the carbon price becomes effective only “when global competitiveness is safeguarded.” In 2017, Rio Tinto Head of Environment and Climate Change, Matthew Bateson, publicly stated support for a national Chinese emissions trading scheme and policy to transition away from coal. However, the company appears not to have supported stronger carbon pricing regulation both in British Columbia and New Zealand in 2018. In 2019, Rio Tinto has also disclosed that it has contributed to submissions produced by the Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC) regarding a proposed carbon tax in South Africa. The ITTCC is strongly opposed to the South African carbon tax. Rio Tinto’s 2018 sustainability report stated support for increased electrification of transport and a shift away from fossil fuels. However, in response to a 2017 consultation response on Australia’s electricity system, the company also advocated that new coal plants be built to improve reliability and reduce the costs. Additionally in 2019, Rio Tinto emphasised the cost of the energy transition to New Zealand’s economy and argued that more stringent carbon measures in NZ “would not benefit the world or reduce global emissions”. Rio Tinto has high level membership to various trade associations globally that have been successful in opposing policy progress on a transition towards a low carbon energy mix, including the Minerals Council of Australia, the Queensland Resources Council, and the Business Council of Australia in Australia and the National Mining Association and US Chamber of Commerce in the US.

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 1 NS NS NA
Need for Climate Regulation 0 NS NS -1 1 -1 NS NA
UN Treaty Support 1 1 NA 1 1 1 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation 0 NA 1 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax 0 -2 -1 -1 -2 -2 NS NA
Emissions Trading 0 0 0 -1 1 1 NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards NS 0 -1 -2 -2 NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation -1 -1 NS -2 -1 -1 NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix 0 0 NS -1 0 0 NS NA
GHG Emission Standards 0 NS -1 -1 NS NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships 0 NS 0 NA NA NA NS NA
Climate Lobbying Governance NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
60%
 
60%
 
36%
 
36%
 
28%
 
28%
 
68%
 
68%
 
11%
 
11%
 
47%
 
47%
 
47%
 
47%
 
27%
 
27%
 
37%
 
37%

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.