Reliance Industries

InfluenceMap Score
C-
Performance Band
57%
Organisation Score
54%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Mumbai, India
Brands and Associated Companies
VIMAL, Reliance Retail Limited
Official Web Site:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Reliance Industries appears to have mixed positions in its engagement on climate change policy, however its engagement is limited. The company’s top-line messaging is supportive of ambitious action on climate change, but its engagement on the energy transition appears mixed, with positions supporting the continued role of fossil gas in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Reliance Industries’ engagement on climate change through its top-line communications appears to be broadly positive. In its 2020-21 Annual Report, published in May 2021, the company was supportive of GHG emissions reductions to limit warming to 1.5°C in line with the IPCC. In September 2020, the company’s Managing Director Mukesh Ambani recognized the science of climate change in a statement posted on Facebook. InfluenceMap was unable to find evidence of explicit support for the Paris Agreement or the need for government regulation to respond to climate change.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: InfluenceMap was unable to find evidence of direct engagement with climate-related policy and regulations. The company has also not responded to the CDP 2020 Climate Change Information Request.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Reliance Industries appears to have mixed engagement on the energy transition. In its 2020-21 Annual Report, the company appeared to be supportive of a role for fossil gas in the energy mix as a transition fuel, without placing clear conditions on the need for CCS or methane emissions abatement measures. Reliance Industries also described fossil gas as “a cleaner fuel”, whilst advocating for a transitional role for the gas to green energy in its 2020-21 Annual Report, published in May 2021. However, in a 2020 statement on Facebook, the Managing Director Mukesh Ambani supported transitioning the energy mix to clean and affordable energy, yet appeared to suggest that fossil fuels and renewable energy are not “mutually exclusive or contradictory.”

Industry Association Governance: Reliance Industries disclosed some of its industry association memberships in its 2020-21 Business Responsibility Report, yet its current disclosure lacks details on indirect climate-related lobbying activities, positions of trade associations on climate policy, and how it attempts to influence these positions. The company has not published an audit of alignment with its industry associations on climate change. Reliance Industries retains memberships of associations negatively lobbying on climate policy, including the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC).

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
NS 2 NA NS NS 1 NS
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
1 2 NA NS NS 1 NS
Supporting the Need for Regulations
NS 1 NS NS NS NS NS
Support of UN Climate Process
NS 2 NA NS NS NS NS
Transparency on Legislation
-2 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
0 NS NA NS NS NS NS
Renewable Energy
0 NS NA NS NS NS NS
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
1 2 NA NS -2 1 NS
GHG Emission Regulation
NS NS NA NS NS NS NS
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NS -2 NA NA NA NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
53%
 
53%
 
57%
 
57%
 
63%
 
63%

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.