Coca-Cola

InfluenceMap Score
C+
Performance Band
76%
Organisation Score
58%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Consumer Staples
Head​quarters:
Atlanta, United States
Brands and Associated Companies
Monster Beverage, Dasani, Minute Maid, Coke
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Coca-Cola demonstrates limited engagement with climate change policy. While the company expresses high-level support for global climate action, it remains unengaged on most forms of climate policy.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Coca-Cola has an accessible position on climate change science and communicates broad support for efforts to reduce GHG emissions in line with IPCC guidance. The company has consistently advocated for the Paris Agreement, as evidenced in public letters from 2015, 2017, and 2019. It is also a signatory of the We Are Still In coalition formed in 2017. In 2018-19, Through the Corporate Leaders Group, Coca Cola called on the UK, Scottish and EU parliaments to support a net zero emissions by 2050 target. In addition, a letter signed by CEO James Quincey called on global leaders to “build back better” from the impacts of COVID-19, particularly through measures related to the circular economy.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: With the exception of emissions trading, InfluenceMap was unable to detect significant engagement by Coca-Cola on specific climate regulations. Coca-Cola supported the EU Emissions Trading Scheme in 2015-16 through the Corporate Leaders Group. Despite supporting net zero targets in Europe (as outlined above), the company does not appear active on major climate legislation in the US. In 2015, it refused to vocalize support for the Clean Power Plan, noting that it would be more likely to engage with initiatives that “tie closely to our business.”

Positioning on Energy Transition: In its 2019 Sustainability Report, Coca-Cola noted that the uptake of renewable power worldwide would speed a clean energy transition. Beyond this, InfluenceMap was unable to locate evidence of engagement with specific measures or policies related to the energy mix.

Industry Association Governance: Coca-Cola discloses a list of the trade associations of which it is a member, but it has not published an audit of its alignment with their climate positions. The list does not include groups outside the US. Coca Cola continues to participate in a number of influential associations that frequently obstruct climate policy, including the US Chamber of Commerce and Japan Business Federation.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
2 2 NA NS NS NS 1
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
1 2 NA NS 2 2 NS
Supporting the Need for Regulations
NS 2 NS NS 1 1 NS
Support of UN Climate Process
2 2 NS NS 1 2 NS
Transparency on Legislation
-2 NA -2 NA NA NA NS
Carbon Tax
NS 1 NS NS NS NS NS
Emissions Trading
NS NS NS NS 2 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 1 NS NS 1 1 NS
GHG Emission Regulation
NS 2 NS NS 2 NS NS
Disclosure on Relationships
-1 NS -2 NA NA NA NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
92%
 
92%
 
67%
 
67%
 
27%
 
27%
 
52%
 
52%
 
47%
 
47%
 
48%
 
48%
 
76%
 
76%
 
45%
 
45%
 
30%
 
30%
 
73%
 
73%

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.