Anglo American

InfluenceMap Score
E+
Performance Band
38%
Organisation Score
36%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Materials
Head​quarters:
London, United Kingdom
Brands and Associated Companies
De Beers

Climate Lobbying Overview: In 2018-2020, Anglo American has expressed top-line support for climate action and the energy transition, but the company appears to support a sustained role for coal in the energy mix contrary to IPCC guidance. In 2019-20, Anglo American has also lobbied to weaken project approval regulation in Australia and maintains links to a number of industry associations that engage in obstructive climate lobbying activities.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Anglo American’s Industry Association Audit, published in April 2019, recognizes the science of climate change and the need to limit global warming to 2°C. The audit also states the company’s support for the Paris Agreement to “mitigate the impacts of climate change ... and enable actions at regional and national levels”. However, the company’s recent corporate reporting in 2020 only states support for market-based solutions on climate such as carbon pricing, with no clear position on other forms of government policy.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Anglo American has had limited recent engagement on climate change legislation, with the exception of Australia’s federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). In 2019-2020, the company has lobbied to weaken the EPBC Act’s regulation of project approvals for fossil fuel projects in Australia. In a 2020 consultation, Anglo American stated that it has contributed to, and supports the submissions of the Minerals Council of Australia and Queensland Resources Council, which advocated to exclude greenhouse gas emissions requirements from the legislation. In response to 2019 and 2020 consultations by the Australian government, Anglo American also advocated to repeal Section 487 of the EPBC Act, which extends special legal privileges to environmental groups to challenge federal project approvals.

Positioning on Energy Transition: In September 2019, Anglo American expressed top-line support for the transition to a low-carbon economy. In 2019-2020, the company has also consistently supported the decarbonization of the energy mix via green hydrogen production. However, evidence suggests Anglo American does not support a transition away from fossil fuels in line with IPCC guidance. In April 2019, the company stated that there is a “contemporary role” for coal in the global energy mix until 2030 in developed countries and 2050 in developing countries, citing poverty alleviation and economic growth in less developed countries. In February 2020, Anglo American acknowledged the need for a “responsible transition” away from fossil fuels, but continued to highlight increased demand for thermal coal in India and China in the “near term”.

Industry Association Governance: Anglo American discloses its industry association memberships and has also published a review of the company’s alignment with their positions on climate change. Although this assessment accepts some misalignment with Minerals Council of Australia and World Coal Association, it appears to overlook the negative lobbying activities of both organizations as well as other obstructive industry associations such as Eurometaux and Queensland Resources Council.

A detailed assessment of the company's industry association review can be found on our CA100+ webpage here.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
1 NS NS NS NS NS NS
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
1 1 NA 1 1 0 NS
Supporting the Need for Regulations
0 NS NA NS NS NS NS
Support of UN Climate Process
1 2 NA NS 2 NS NS
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA -2 NA NA NA NS
Carbon Tax
0 NS -2 NS NS -2 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 0 0 -1 -1 -1 NS
GHG Emission Regulation
NS NS NS -2 NS NS NS
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NS -1 NA NA NA NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
25%
 
25%
 
39%
 
39%
 
43%
 
43%
 
33%
 
33%
 
22%
 
22%
 
38%
 
38%
 
52%
 
52%

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.