Walmart Stores

InfluenceMap Score
C
Performance Band
67%
Organisation Score
51%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Retailing
Head​quarters:
Bentonville, United States
Brands and Associated Companies
Asda, Sam's Club, Seiyu Group, Walmex
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Walmart appears to have limited but mostly positive engagement with climate change policy. The company offers top-line support for global climate action and the energy transition, but appears to have engaged with very few specific climate policies in 2018-20.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Walmart clearly accepts the science of climate change. In a 2020 press release, Walmart communicates broad support for urgent global action to reduce GHG emissions without specifying a preferred timeline. In December 2020, Walmart signed a joint letter calling on the incoming Biden administration to implement strong national climate policies. In early 2021, a spokesperson stated that the company will continue to encourage science-based national and international policies to address climate change. Walmart clearly supports the Paris Agreement, with CEO Doug Millon opposing US withdrawal in 2017 and the company signing a joint letter in 2020 urging the incoming Biden administration to rejoin.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Walmart appears to lobby on a limited number of specific climate policies. Previously, in 2016, the company supported fuel economy standards for large trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles. While its 2020 CDP response lists support for market-based policy to drive corporate renewable energy procurement, Walmart’s corporate website does not appear to disclose positions toward, or engagement with, various strands of climate policy.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Walmart appears generally supportive of a clean energy transition. A page on its corporate website in 2021 endorses rapid decarbonization of global economic systems but does not list specific policy measures that Walmart would support toward this aim. Previously, in 2017, Walmart submitted a comment to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission opposing the Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule, a measure widely understood as an attempt to safeguard coal assets in the energy mix.

Industry Association Governance: Walmart discloses a list of its memberships to industry associations in its 2020 ESG report but has not disclosed information about the groups’ positions, potential issues of misalignment with its own positions, or any attempts to address misalignment. Walmart is an indirect member of the US Chamber of Commerce, which has engaged negatively on most forms of climate policy. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon is currently Chair of the Business Roundtable, which has begun to demonstrate a nominally positive shift on climate policy following historically mixed positions.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
2 NS NS NS NS 1 1
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
0 1 NA NS 0 1 NS
Supporting the Need for Regulations
1 1 NS NS 1 NS NS
Support of UN Climate Process
1 2 NS NS 1 2 NS
Transparency on Legislation
-2 NA 1 NA NA NA NS
Carbon Tax
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Emissions Trading
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS NS 0 NS 2 NS NS
Renewable Energy
1 2 0 NS 1 NS NS
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
1 1 NS 1 1 NS NS
GHG Emission Regulation
NS 1 0 NS 0 NS NS
Disclosure on Relationships
-1 NS -2 NA NA NA NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
52%
 
52%
 
76%
 
76%
 
27%
 
27%

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.