New research reveals that 45% of the 100 largest global industrial companies are obstructing climate change legislation, and that 95% of these companies are members of trade associations demonstrating the same obstructionist behaviour.
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This is the key finding of London-based non-profit InfluenceMap, which used a unique research methodology developed with the Union of Concerned Scientists (Cambridge, USA).
The research also shows that corporate influence over climate extends to advertising, PR, social media and access to decision makers – all of which involve an intervention in the public discourse on climate change science and policy, and which are beyond the activities normally associated with lobbying.
‘More and more, we’re seeing companies rely on their trade groups to do their dirty work of lobbying against comprehensive climate policies.
‘Companies get the delay in policy they want, while preventing nations from acting to fight climate change. It is unacceptable that companies can obstruct climate action in this way without any accountability.’
Gretchen Goldman, lead analyst, Union of concerned Scientists
Unilever vs Procter & Gamble
Unilever, owner of brands including Dove, Knorr and Flora, is ranked as a leader in InfluenceMap’s scoring system, supporting multiple strands of climate policy globally.
In contrast – and despite its stated support for action on climate change – rival Procter & Gamble, owner of brands such as Gillette, Wella and Ariel, is a member of BusinessEurope and the secretive US industry group, NEDA/CAP.
Business Europe was recently under attack in the UK media for its obstructionist stance towards climate legislation, while NEDA/CAP has sued the US EPA to prevent the use of the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.