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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 has very limited top-line messaging on climate. The company generally accepts the science of climate change in its 2023 Climate Transition & Net Zero Action Plan, though it does not mention human-caused climate change. In its 2022 Climate Transition & Net Zero Action Plan, the company broadly supported carbon pricing but without specifying if this includes government policy on carbon pricing. In May 2020, Colgate 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 regulation or the Paris Agreement.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Colgate appears to lobby on a limited number of specific climate policies. The company has set its own internal GHG targets, but has not disclosed a position on legislative targets in its 2023 Climate Transition & Net Zero Action Plan. The company does not appear to disclose its positions toward, or engagement with, various strands of climate policy on its corporate website as of July 2023. Similarly, Colgate does not disclose any climate policy positions in its 2022 CDP Disclosure.

Engagement with Land-Use Related Regulations: Colgate appears to have limited engagement with land-use related regulations. The company has a clear position on how the land-use sector contributes to climate change in its “No Deforestation” Policy found on its corporate website, accessed in July 2023. In the same policy, Colgate appears to support improvements to agriculture within its own operations but is unclear on the need for regulation or legislation.

Positioning on Energy Transition: In a Science-Based Targets Initiative statement published in July 2020, Colgate appeared to support the transition to zero-emission economy. 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 does not discloses memberships to any industry associations on its website as of July 2023 and discloses one association which is currently not assessed by InfluenceMap in its 2022 CDP response. InfluenceMap did not find evidence of membership in additional organizations actively engaged on climate change. Colgate has not published a review of its alignment with its industry associations.

InfluenceMap collects and assesses evidence of corporate climate policy engagement on a weekly basis, depending on the availability of information from each specific data source (for more information see our methodology). While this analysis flows through to the company’s scores each week, the summary above is updated periodically. This summary was last updated in Q3 2023.

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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.