Unilever

InfluenceMap Score
B+
Performance Band
88%
Organisation Score
52%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Consumer Staples
Head​quarters:
London, United Kingdom
Brands and Associated Companies
Dove, Lipton, Knorr, Flora
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Unilever appears to actively support multiple strands of climate change related regulations and policies. CEO Alan Jope has consistently stated support for climate action in line with IPCC demanded emissions reductions and the company has frequently advocated for climate change regulation to facilitate these reductions.

In 2020, Unilever signed joint letters to policymakers advocating for regional cap and trade schemes in the US, specifically on the Pacific Coast and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in Virginia. The company has stated support for renewable energy legislation in the US on its website, and in 2020 in a joint letter to leaders of Congress advocated to policymakers to support the renewable energy sector in the COVID-19 recovery. Unilever supports ambitious GHG emission targets, and in 2019 in a joint letter to EU Commission leaders, it backed increasing the EU’s 2030 target towards 55%. The company also advocated to keep in place CO2 emission targets for vehicles during the COVID-19 pandemic in a joint letter to EU policymakers in 2020.

Unilever supports legislation to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy and advocates for the removal of fossil fuel subsidies on the corporate website. In a joint letter to EU policymakers in 2020 the company advocated for the electrification of transportation.

Unilever currently has limited disclosure on its corporate website regarding industry associations and has not detailed the positions taken on climate change, nor its influence over these positions. There is, however, more detailed disclosure in Unilever’s 2019 CDP Climate Change response. Unilever has also taken an active approach to addressing potential misalignments, with its CEO in 2019 writing an open letter to the company's industry associations asking them to confirm alignment of their climate positions with those of Unilever and the 1.5°C ambition set out in the Paris Agreement.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency
2 1 NA NS NS 1 2 NA
Climate Science Stance
2 1 NA 2 2 2 NS NA
Need for Climate Regulation
1 1 NS 2 2 1 NS NA
UN Treaty Support
1 1 NA NS 2 1 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
1 NA 1 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
0 0 NS NS 2 NS NS NA
Emissions Trading
0 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 1 2 NS NA
GHG Emission Standards
2 1 2 2 1 2 NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NS 1 NA NA NA NA NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
60%
 
60%
 
52%
 
52%
 
43%
 
43%
 
39%
 
39%

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.