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New York, United States

Climate Lobbying Overview: Colgate-Palmolive (Colgate) appears to have very low engagement with climate change policy. While the company has issued top-line support for climate action through joint public statements, InfluenceMap found limited evidence and disclosure of the company's recent climate policy positions and engagement.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Colgate generally accepts the science of climate change, per a statement on its corporate website accessed in January 2022. In 2020, the company signed a joint letter urging world leaders to pursue a net-zero recovery from COVID-19 in line with a 1.5°C target, as outlined by the IPCC. In recent years, Colgate does not appear to have commented on the general need for climate policy or the Paris Agreement.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Colgate appears to lobby on a limited number of specific climate policies. Previously, in 2016, the company signed the Business Backs Low Carbon USA statement suggesting support for GHG targets and the Clean Power Plan. The company does not appear to disclose its positions toward, or engagement with, various strands of climate policy on its corporate website.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Colgate supported the transition of the US energy mix as a signatory to the 2016 Business Backs Low Carbon USA letter. Beyond this, InfluenceMap did not find evidence of Colgate’s position on, or engagement with, policy related to the transition of the energy mix.

Industry Association Governance: Colgate discloses memberships to two industry associations on its website and in its 2020 CDP response, neither of which are currently assessed by InfluenceMap. InfluenceMap did not find evidence of membership with additional organizations actively engaged on climate change. Colgate has not published a review of its alignment with its industry associations.

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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.