Rio Tinto Group

InfluenceMap Score
E+
Performance Band
37%
Organisation Score
42%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Materials
Head​quarters:
London, United Kingdom
Brands and Associated Companies
Alcan
Official Web Site:

Rio Tinto is active in its lobbying towards climate and energy policy. 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, Rio Tinto appears to have advocated oppositional positions on Australian federal targets and subsidies for renewable energy in 2017 consultation responses and rejected similar state-level legislation for Queensland in 2016. Whilst Rio Tinto has, in the past, taken oppositional positions on carbon taxes and emissions trading policy, 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 in 2017. However, Rio Tinto's position on a low-carbon energy mix appears to be inconsistent and, 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. Rio Tinto is a board member of the Mining Association of Canada, Minerals Council of Australia and Business Council of Australia, all who have opposed climate legislation throughout Canada and Australia 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 1 0 NA 0 1 NS NS NA
Need for climate regulations -1 NS NS -1 1 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 0 -1 -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 -1 -2 NS NA
GHG Emission Standards NS -1 -1 -1 NS NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships -1 NS 1 NA NA NA NS 1
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
28%
 
28%
 
6%
 
6%
 
56%
 
56%
 
46%
 
46%
 
29%
 
29%
 
70%
 
70%
 
34%
 
34%
 
36%
 
36%
 
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.