Caterpillar

InfluenceMap Score
E
Performance Band
n/a
Organisation Score
36%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Industrials
Head​quarters:
Peoria, United States
Brands and Associated Companies:
FG Wilson, Anchor, Perkins
Official Web Site:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Caterpillar appears to have mostly limited though negative engagement with climate policy, and weak disclosure of its climate policy positioning and engagement in 2019-21. Caterpillar has stated support for coal with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and fossil gas in the energy mix and is a member of numerous industry associations actively lobbying against climate policy around the world.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: On its corporate website in 2021, Caterpillar suggested uncertainty in the science of climate change, stating that “we understand that some atmospheric scientists believe atmospheric GHG accumulation can occur as a result of inefficient or excessive fossil fuel consumption.” However, this statement appears to have been removed from its website by the end of 2021. The same removed page contained communications from Caterpillar in 2021 that appeared to support general climate regulation with major exceptions, stating that “regulatory structures should provide a technology-neutral and level playing field in which competitive solutions can be developed.” Caterpillar does not appear to have disclosed a clear position on the Paris Agreement.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: In 2019-21, Caterpillar appears to have limited disclosure and direct engagement with specific climate policies. It does not disclose its positions towards, or engagement with, any specific climate-related policy on its website. Additionally, Caterpillar did not respond to CDP’s 2021 climate change information request.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Caterpillar appears to have limited, negative engagement with policy related to the energy transition in 2019-21. Communications in 2021 on Caterpillar’s corporate website suggest support for a high GHG emissions energy mix that includes coal and fossil gas, advocating for “energy diversification – such as coal in combination with carbon capture and storage, new nuclear buildouts, new natural gas reserves, plus renewable energy sources like biogas, photovoltaic or solar, tidal, and others.” However, this page was later removed and replaced with a broader statement that supported energy diversification without stating specific energy sources.

Industry Association Governance: Caterpillar in 2021 has disclosed an incomplete list of its memberships to industry associations on its website and did not respond to CDP’s information request. The company has not published a formal review of its alignment with its industry associations. However, Caterpillar is a member of numerous US-based and global industry associations actively lobbying in opposition to US climate policy, including multiple associations promoting the role of coal in the energy mix. Caterpillar executives are on the board of both the US Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers, which are both actively obstructing ambitious US climate policy, including the recent Build Back Better Plan. Caterpillar is also a member of America’s Power (ACCCE) and the National Mining Association, which both advocate for a sustained role for coal in the US energy mix.

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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.