InfluenceMap Score
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Organisation Score
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Consumer Staples
London, United Kingdom
Brands and Associated Companies
Dove, Lipton, Knorr, Flora
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Unilever appears to actively support multiple strands of climate change related regulations and policies. CEO Paul Polman has been a notable supporter of climate change related legislation and has frequently supported ambition with regards to the UN treaty on climate change. In 2017, Paul Polman signed a Mission 20:20 statement calling for immediate action on transitioning the global energy mix, including phasing out coal and a large uptick in electric vehicles. In 2017, Unilever was a signatory to the 'we are still in initiative' supporting leadership within the US on accelerating a clean energy transition. Unilever has also actively supported legislative measures to drive an energy transition in the UK and Canada. In Europe in 2017, Unilever supported a higher renewable energy target of 35% and called on policymakers to support measures such as corporate renewable PPAs to ensure this ambition is met. Unilever further appears to support a price on carbon, including progressive reform of the European emissions trading scheme. In 2018, Unilever has supported a proposed carbon tax policy in the US, although seemingly over 'less efficient regulations' such as the US Clean Power Plan. In 2018, Unilever has called for ambitious CO2 targets for heavy-duty vehicles in Europe.

Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 2 2 NA NS NS 2 2 NA
Climate Science Stance 2 1 NA 2 2 2 NS NA
Need for Climate Regulation 2 2 NS NS 2 1 NS NA
UN Treaty Support 2 2 NA NS 2 2 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation 1 NA 1 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax NS 0 NS NS 2 NS NS NA
Emissions Trading NS 1 2 NS 2 1 NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards 2 1 2 NS 2 2 NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation 1 2 2 NS 2 NS NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix 1 1 2 NS 2 2 NS NA
GHG Emission Standards NS 2 NS 2 1 2 NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships 0 NS 2 NA NA NA NA NA
Climate Lobbying Governance NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Strength of Relationship

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.