Caterpillar

InfluenceMap Score
F
Performance Band
19%
Organisation Score
31%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Industrials
Head​quarters:
Peoria, United States
Brands and Associated Companies
FG Wilson, Anchor, Perkins

Climate Lobbying Overview: Caterpillar appears to have limited but negative engagement with climate policy, and weak disclosure of its recent climate policy positioning and engagement in 2019-21. Caterpillar has stated support for coal with CSS and natural gas in the energy mix and is a member of numerous trade associations actively lobbying against climate legislation across the world.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: In top-line messaging on its corporate website in 2021, Caterpillar suggests uncertainty in the science of climate change, stating that “we understand that some atmospheric scientists believe atmospheric GHG accumulation can occur as a result of inefficient or excessive fossil fuel consumption.” Website communications from Caterpillar in 2021 also appear to state support for general climate regulation only with major exceptions, that “regulatory structures should provide a technology-neutral and level playing field in which competitive solutions can be developed.” Caterpillar does not appear to have disclosed a clear position on the Paris Agreement in its top-line messaging.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: In 2019-21, Caterpillar appears to have limited disclosure and direct engagement with climate regulation, not appearing to disclose its positions towards, or engagement with, any specific climate policy measures on its website. Additionally, Caterpillar did not respond to CDP’s 2020 climate change information request.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Caterpillar appears to have limited, negative engagement and disclosure on the energy transition in 2019-21. Communications in 2021 on Caterpillar’s corporate website suggest support for a high GHG emissions energy mix, advocating for “energy diversification – such as coal in combination with carbon capture and storage, new nuclear buildouts, new natural gas reserves, plus renewable energy storage”.

Industry Association Governance: Caterpillar in 2020 has disclosed an incomplete list of its memberships to industry associations on its website and did not respond to CDP’s information request. Caterpillar has also not published a review of its alignment with its industry associations. However, Caterpillar is a member of numerous US-based and global industry associations actively lobbying in opposition to US climate policy, including multiple associations actively promoting the role of coal in the energy mix. Caterpillar executives are on the board of both the US Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers, which are both actively obstructing ambitious US climate policy. Caterpillar is also a member of America’s Power (ACCCE) and the National Mining Association, which both advocate for a sustained role for coal in the US energy mix, and the World Coal Association, which actively promotes a long-term role for coal in global energy.

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 NS NS
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
-1 NS NA NS NS NS NS
Supporting the Need for Regulations
-1 NS NS NS NS NS NS
Support of UN Climate Process
NS NS NA NS NS NS NS
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA -2 NA NA NA NS
Carbon Tax
NS NS NA NS NS NS NS
Emissions Trading
NS NS NA NS NS NS NS
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS NS NA NS NS NS NS
Renewable Energy
NS NS NA NS NS NS NS
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
-1 NS NA -2 NS NS NS
GHG Emission Regulation
NS NS NA -2 NS NS NS
Disclosure on Relationships
-1 NS -2 NA NA NA NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
48%
 
48%
 
27%
 
27%
 
27%
 
27%
 
23%
 
23%
 
25%
 
25%
 
18%
 
18%
 
42%
 
42%
 
52%
 
52%
 
12%
 
12%
 
50%
 
50%
 
47%
 
47%
 
49%
 
49%
 
47%
 
47%

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.