Cummins

InfluenceMap Score
C
Performance Band
72%
Organisation Score
35%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Industrials
Head​quarters:
Columbus, United States
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Cummins appears to be engaging on climate policy with mixed, but increasingly positive, positions. In 2019-21, Cummins appears to have communicated top-line support for a 2050 net-zero target and supported energy efficiency and greenhouse gas standards. However, the company appears to continue to promote the role of natural gas in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Cummins has communicated strong support for the Paris Agreement in 2019 through its commitment to the United For Paris Campaign. In 2021, Cummins showed support for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across the economy by 2050. The company has stated broad support for government regulation on climate change on its corporate website in 2018. In 2019 Cummins qualified its support for governmental regulation on the condition that policy would not be “one-size-fits-all” or affect competitiveness.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Cummins appears broadly supportive of climate-related policy. In 2018, Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger showed support for a carbon tax. In that same year, Wayne Eckerle, Cummins’ head of research, appeared to be unsupportive of a 50% reduction of carbon emissions in Europe. In the US, Cummins directly advocated for national-level emissions targets for product-specific applications at a congressional hearing in 2019. In the same year, the company opposed relaxing CO2 standards for engines for a specific type of truck. The company has also stated support for greenhouse gas emissions engine standards in the US in 2020.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Cummins has stated support for an increased role for natural gas on its corporate website in 2019. Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger stated support for hydrogen as a component of the low-carbon economy in a 2020 Earnings Call, but was unclear in if this position was IPCC aligned as he did not comment on decarbonizing hydrogen production. Similarly, the company showed support for hydrogen through its Twitter in 2020 without clarifying its role or commenting on the need for decarbonization of hydrogen production.

Industry Association Governance: Cummins is a member of the Business Roundtable and the US Chamber of Commerce, two industry associations that have histories of largely negative engagement on climate policy. In addition, a Cummins senior executive serves on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers. While Cummins publicly discloses a list of its memberships to industry associations on its website, it does not disclose in detail their efforts to influence them, or the company’s role within each association. Cummins has not published an audit review of its alignment with industry associations on climate change.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
1 NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
NS 2 NA NS NS NS NS NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
1 NS NS NS 0 1 NS NA
Support of UN Climate Process
NS 2 NS NS NS 2 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA -1 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
NS NS NS NS 1 1 NS NA
Emissions Trading
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
2 NS 1 2 NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy
NS NS 1 NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
0 0 NS -1 NS NS 0 NA
GHG Emission Regulation
2 2 NS 1 0 1 NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NA 1 NA NA NA NA NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
27%
 
27%
 
23%
 
23%
 
51%
 
51%
 
36%
 
36%
 
48%
 
48%

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.