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The US Chamber of Commerce and Lobbying on Climate Change Disclosure Regulations

November, 2021

The industry group is at odds with investors and its finance sector members on emerging US disclosure requirements

Corporate Climate Policy Footprint

November, 2021

The 50 Most Influential Companies and Industry Associations Blocking Climate Policy Action Globally

The Reconciliation Bill and Climate Lobbying

September 2021

The US government is proposing a bold climate policy and fiscal spending agenda which will face its crucial test in US Congress in late September 2021. The $3.5 trillion 'Reconciliation Bill' has been described as a “once in lifetime” chance to pass meaningful climate policy in the United States.

The A-List of Climate Policy Engagement 2021

October, 2021

To qualify, a company must exhibit sufficient support for ambitious climate policy, strategic levels of engagement with climate policy, and leadership in its sector. Links to industry associations egregiously opposing climate policy can disqualify a company from the list.

Corporate America and the Build Back Better Act

October 2021

This briefing analyzes the 20 largest, US-based companies with InfluenceMap Organization Scores over 65, indicating broadly positive positioning towards climate change policy. Despite their apparent support for climate action, the majority of these companies are not publicly endorsing the Build Back Better Act.

Does Corporate Australia Support Paris-Aligned Climate Policy?

September 2021

InfluenceMap's new research looked at the 50 most economically significant companies in Australia in relation to climate change and their potential to influence climate policy. The research found that none are strategically supporting Australian climate policy in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. In contrast, nearly half of the companies assessed hold policy positions that are misaligned from the goals of the Paris Agreement. Full details are on InfluenceMap's interactive platform.

Climate Funds:
Are They Paris Aligned?

August, 2021

This research assesses 723 equity funds specifically marketed using ESG- and climate-related key words, with over US$330 billion in total net assets. It does so on the basis of two climate criteria (portfolio Paris Agreement alignment and fossil fuel intensity) likely to be of primary interest to investors in funds marketed in this manner.

Industry Associations and European Climate Ambition

July, 2021

These groups are funded by some of Europe’s largest corporations including Volkswagen Group, LafargeHolcim, TotalEnergies, Repsol, and ArcelorMittal, all of whom are now touting net-zero targets for climate, as well as supporting climate science and the UNFCCC process in the run-up to COP26.

CA100+ Target Companies and the EU Taxonomy

April, 2021

Despite the CA100+ initiative having clear expectations on Paris-aligned lobbying, only 2 of the 31 CA100+ target companies found to be engaging on the taxonomy appear to be supportive of its science-based guidance with 4 companies advocating mixed or unclear positions, leaving more than 80% pushing the Commission to weaken the criteria that define what can be considered sustainable.

A Review of CA100+ Company Disclosures on Industry Association Lobbying

April, 2021

This report is being released in conjunction with InfluenceMap's revamped, interactive CA100+ platform which contains additional analysis covering the climate lobbying of CA100+ target companies.

The Battle For Ambitious EV Policy in the UK

March 2021

The UK Government’s ambitions on transport decarbonization are likely at risk due to the influence of a minority group of automotive interests opposed to binding policy on an internal combustion engine (ICE) phase out.

Gas & Power Companies Divided on the EU's Taxonomy

February 2021

European companies backing robust, science-based regulation on CO2 emissions under the EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy are also performing better on stock markets when compared with their peers that are opposing the same policy, according to analysis of InfluenceMap's policy position scores and financial metrics from external databases.

The Battle for US Sustainable Finance Regulation

February, 2021

In the final year of the Trump Administration, authorities finalized three rules which have the effect of limiting the opportunities for ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investing.

Big Tech and Climate Policy

January, 2021

The five Big Tech companies (Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook & Microsoft) account for more than 25% of the value of the S&P500 and 20% of its Q3 2020 profits.

Asset Managers and Climate Change 2021

January, 2021

FinanceMap's Asset Managers and Climate Change for 2021 looks at the sector's performance on portfolios, stewardship (engagement), and shareholder resolutions.

Lobbying on the EU Taxonomy's Green Criteria

December, 2020

Intensive lobbying throughout 2020 from ‘real economy’ sectors has extracted significant concessions from the European Commission on its EU Sustainable Finance taxonomy.

Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Are Dominating Climate Policy Battles During COVID-19

July 9th, 2020

New research from InfluenceMap shows the oil and gas sector to have dominated climate-related policy battles throughout COVID-19 crisis.

Australian Industry Associations and their Carbon Policy Footprint

September 2020

This research finds that Australia’s most influential industry associations are having an overwhelmingly negative impact on climate policy, with 75% of the groups assessed taking positions against climate regulations while promoting a pro-fossil fuel agenda. This research is part of InfluenceMap’s ongoing research on corporate climate lobbying, which feeds into investor processes globally. The results will be of prime interest to numerous asset managers and owners currently engaging on the topic with corporations operating in Australia.

This research finds that Australia’s most influential industry associations are having an overwhelmingly negative impact on climate policy, with 75% of the groups assessed taking positions against climate regulations while promoting a pro-fossil fuel agenda.

Is the Fed Being Sector Neutral?

Updated September 24 2020

The research finds that the only sector where the Fed is consistently overweight on all three indicators (debt outstanding, equity values and employment) is the GISC Energy sector which contains oil/gas and coal value chain companies exclusively.

Necessary Intervention or Excessive Risk?

June 23rd, 2020

This research finds this intervention represents support of parts of the economy which may have been in secular decline prior to the pandemic, most noteably the fossil fuel energy sector.

BHP and Rio Tinto:
Their Industry Groups and Climate Lobbying

May 2020

This analysis highlights a trend whereby companies and industry groups are engaging with investors and the media by focusing attention on top-line positive statements on climate while distracting stakeholders from the important details that conversely show patterns of opposition to science-based climate policy.

Corporate Lobbying on the EU's Ecolabel

April 20th 2020

New analysis from InfluenceMap has tracked significant lobbying on the EU Ecolabel since late 2018, as part of a wider ongoing research process covering the EU’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan and how the corporate sector is influencing the process.

The ECB%2527s Pandemic-related Corporate Bond Purchasing

April 15th 2020

A new briefing from UK based think tank InfluenceMap shows how the European Central Bank %2528ECB%2529 has embarked on its Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme %2528PEPP%2529 bond buying progamme that has spent 50bn in the last three weeks.

The COVID-19 Crisis and Climate Lobbying

April 2nd, 2020

In this briefing, InfluenceMap looks at evidence in two areas on the COVID-19 crisis' intersection with climate lobbying.

How Japanese Industry Lobbied Against a Strong EU Taxonomy

April 2nd, 2020

The following briefing focuses on how Japanese industry associations lobbied the Taxonomy and considers how these lobbying positions contrast with those of some leading European financial institutions.

The EU's Sustainable Finance Taxonomy

December 2019

An analysis of how business has sought to influence this key EU policy

Asset Managers and Climate Change

November 2019

How the sector performs on portfolios, engagement and resolutions

Industry Groups and their Carbon Footprints

September 2019

US Lobbyists Dominate the List of the World's Most Influential and Negative on Climate

Climate Funds and Fossil Fuels

September 2019

The report identifies 118 climate-themed funds with an aggregate AUM of US$18Bn and examines the presence of fossil fuel reserves owned by the companies held by these funds.

Thermal Coal in Asia:
The Real Risks for Investors

October 2019

An investor briefing on Japanese financial sector exposure to coal power

The EU’s Climate Ambition:
Who's on Board (and Who's Not)

May 2019

A detailed analysis of key trade groups and how they are positioning themselves for the future of climate in Europe

Big Oil’s Real Agenda on Climate Change

March 2019

How the oil majors have spent $1Bn since Paris on narrative capture and lobbying on climate

Land of the Rising Sun and Offshore Wind

October 2019

The economic viability of new and existing coal power investments in Japan.

Report by Carbon Tracker Initiative

Trade Associations and Climate:
Shareholders Make Themselves Heard

May 2018

In the wake of shareholder resolutions at Rio Tinto in both the UK and Australia over its links with climate-lobbying trade groups, new research from UK thinktank InfluenceMap identifies the 10 major global companies who maintain extensive networks of trade associations and lobbyists whose aggregate positions on climate are most misaligned with their own.

Decision time for the IMO on climate

April 2018

The polarized struggle among states for ambitious climate policy on shipping

The A-List of Climate Policy Engagement

April 2018

Which global companies lead in strategic lobbying for the ambitions of Paris?

How the US Auto Industry is Dismantling the World's Most Successful Climate Policy

April 2018

The US automotive industry, led by Ford, GM, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota, has spent millions of dollars in the last few years in an effort to dismantle a decade of policy progress on US vehicle efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions.

North Sea Oil and Gas Taxation and Lobbying

March 2017

The last few years has seen a significant reduction in the tax North Sea operators pay to extract oil and gas, to the point where the UK Treasury is now paying the sector £24m per year to operate. The industry has achieved this by a variety of influencing tactics aimed at multiple levels of the tax policy making process.

Climate Lobbying in the Trump Era

January 2017

This report looks at how corporate America has lobbied climate policy and regulations following the US election, both positively and negatively.

BP's Energy Outlook for 2017:
Will it fully consider climate risk?

January 2017

As BP's 2017 Energy Outlook is published, this note summarises BP's performance on climate risk disclosure and highlights climate lobbying activity.

European Cement and the EU ETS

February 2017

Since the conception of the EU ETS over a decade ago, the European cement industry has succeeded in crippling the original ambition of the policy, which was to decarbonise European industry, whilst booking billions of Euros in pure profits from the allocation of credits.

Who Owns the World's Coal

May 2017

This report tracks the links between the coal reserves, operating coal companies and shareholders who own these companies, showing roughly $185bn in shareholder value associated with 117 listed thermal coal producers/owners.

Gridlock in UK Power Markets

October 2017

This report finds the Big Six utility companies have undue influence on UK energy policy and regulation, hindering the clean energy transition and posing significant investor risk.

Corporate Capture of the IMO

October 2017

This report reveals how the shipping industry has aggressively lobbied the UN to obstruct climate change action for shipping, ensuring it remains the only sector in the world not currently subject to any emission reduction measures.

US Auto Industry Lobbying Under Trump

November 2017

InfluenceMap's analysis of US auto industry lobbying shows an accelerated pattern of aggressive opposition to weaken climate-motivated policy since the election of President Donald Trump.

BHP and its Trade Associations on Climate

December 2017

The global mining giant has just published a review of climate/energy misalignments between it and its key lobby groups - InfluenceMap fact checks this for accuracy and completeness.

Trade Associations and their Climate Policy Footprint

December 2017

Industry groups are key lobbying agents for business - we use our analytics to pick out the 50 most influential on climate.

Corporate Carbon Policy Footprint - the 50 Most Influential, 2017

September 2017

InfluenceMap has identified the 50 companies most influential in shaping climate and energy policy around the world. Some of these (such as ExxonMobil) are in opposition while others (such as Apple and Unilever) are championing ambitious national-level policy to support their decarbonization plans...

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulations:
the Automotive Makers Disclose to Investors

February 2016

In the wake of the VW scandal, a group of investors with over $1 trillion worth of investor assets queried the largest automotive manufacturers on issues related to crucial greenhouse gas emissions standards in the US and the EU. This initiative was coordinated by UK non-profits ShareAction and InfluenceMap.

The following is a public report-back to investor signatories along with analysis and recommendations for future querying of the automotive sector to the wider investment community. Read the Financial Times coverage of this report.

Climate Policy Engagement and the Automotive Sector

November 2015

Is the Volkswagen scandal the tip of the iceberg? Investors and engagers concerned with climate issues may be inclined to look more closely at this sector in light of the recent regulatory risks exposed by VW as the scandal spreads from diesel to CO2 emissions.

Big Oil and the Obstruction of Climate Regulations

October 2015

The energy majors' strategy (Shell, BP and Total) leading up to Paris 2015 is to call for a price on carbon. Behind the scenes, however, all are systematically obstructing the very laws that would enable a meaningful price.

Climate Risk Disclosure by US Industrial Companies

November 2015

In light of the ExxonMobil case, we queried our database to see what the top 20 US industrial companies are saying about climate risk to regulators and investors.

EU NOx Emissions:
How the Automotive Lobbied Policy

January 2016

New analysis, requested by the Greens/EFA Group within the European Parliament, reveals a strong correlation between the obstructionist attitudes of key automotive manufacturers toward EU NOx policy and the position of the member states that they manufacture in.

A Tipping Point in Corporate Attitudes to Climate Policy

January 2016

InfluenceMap's scoring system observed a flurry of pro-climate policy activity immediately prior to and following COP21 in Paris. This so-called “Paris effect” means that over half the global 100 industrial companies are now advocating for emissions reductions in line with 2C.

Apple Scores an A for Climate Lobbying

April 2016

Research by InfluenceMap reveals the California based tech giant's pledges on the use of renewable energy are backed up by its calls to policy makers to push through ambitious climate change policy and legislation. Apple tops our current scoring with its recent support of ambitious climate policy and is the first to score an "A" in our system.

An Investor Enquiry:
How Much Big Oil Spends on Climate Lobbying

April 2016

Research suggests ExxonMobil spent $27m and Shell $22m to obstruct climate legislation in 2015, with the American Petroleum Institute and two smaller trade associations spending a further $74m on behalf of the entire industry.

Oil Companies Waking Up to Climate Risk

April 2016

The clear trend is greater disclosure by the oil/gas industry of regulatory risk posed by climate policy with emphasis of a likely shift following the Paris Agreement. Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Valero Energy all imply that significant regulatory risk at the national levels is on the horizon after COP21.

BusinessEurope's narrow climate change vision

October 2016

InfluenceMap's detailed analysis shows that BusinessEurope appears to be misrepresenting European Business on climate issues.

Oil Majors and Climate Risk:
What Investors Need to Know

November 2016

Issues surrounding climate disclosure investigations by the New York Attorney General into ExxonMobil may be pervasive in the industry.

Fossil Fuel Subsidies in the G7 and EU

November 2016

A year on from Paris, France comes top in the analysis of the G7 countries but there is significant misalignment among other members on their commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by 2025.

European Cement and Carbon Pricing Regulatory Risk

November 2016

New research by InfluenceMap finds that the European cement industry is not disclosing the financial risks it would face in response to a meaningful price on carbon, while continuing to undermine regulations that would enable such a price.

The Dirty Dozen – Diesel Power Subsidisation in the UK

December 2016

How taxpayer's funding is being spent on diesel subsidies worth almost £260m

Japan's Energy Choices to 2020

November 2017

This report examines Japan's plans to expand coal both domestically and in Southeast Asia against global trends of accelerated renewable electricity capacity. It finds this strategy is misaligned with the strategic interests of Japan's technology-based industries.