Telstra

InfluenceMap Score
C
Performance Band
62%
Organisation Score
53%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Telecommunications
Head​quarters:
Melbourne, Australia
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Telstra has communicated a positive top-line position on climate action and energy transition, although it seems reluctant to comment on specific climate-relevant regulations.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: In its 2021 Sustainability Report, Telstra has acknowledged the science of climate change and backed the Paris Agreement as well as its goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. This is an improvement from its 2019 position where the company stated support for keeping temperature increase below an additional 2°Celsius above pre-industrial levels in its climate change policy. In a 2020 press release, Telstra’s CEO Andrew Penn urged for “bolder and more significant action on climate change.”

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Telstra appears to be reluctant to engage with climate-related policy regulations beyond its internal climate targets. As reported by the Australian Financial Review in December 2020, Telstra seems to have suggested government policy alone is inadequate to stimulate climate action.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Regarding energy transition, Telstra called for investments in renewable energy in Australia in a June 2021 press release and advocated for increasing renewable energy in the power grid in Australia in its 2021 Sustainability Report. In its 2020 CDP submission, the company also appears to support increasing renewables in the energy mix, though details surrounding the pace or extent of the transition and the need for relevant policy were not provided.

Industry Association Governance: Telstra stated in its 2021 Sustainability Report that it engages with industry associations, however, without providing further information on its membership and activities in any associations. In 2019, Telstra published a Review of Industry Association Climate Change and Energy Positions where it concluded that it is ‘most aligned’ but failed to disclose what industry associations memberships it was reviewing, except for Business Council of Australia with which Telstra has found misalignment on climate and energy policy positions.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
1 1 NA NS NS 1 NS
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
2 2 NA NS 2 2 NS
Supporting the Need for Regulations
1 NS NA NS -1 0 NS
Support of UN Climate Process
1 NS NA NS 2 1 NS
Transparency on Legislation
-2 NA 1 NA NA NA NS
Carbon Tax
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Emissions Trading
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Renewable Energy
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
1 NS 0 NS NS 1 NS
GHG Emission Regulation
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Disclosure on Relationships
-2 NA 2 NA NA NA NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
75%
 
75%
 
36%
 
36%
 
46%
 
46%

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.