International Paper Company

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Paper & Forest Products
Memphis, United States

Climate Lobbying Overview: International Paper Company appears to have limited, mixed engagement with climate change policy and regulation. International Paper appears to support an increased role for biofuels in the energy mix. However, the company has also lobbied against emissions trading policy in the US and advocated for a continued role for fossil gas. International Paper Company retains membership to the National Association of Manufacturers and Business Roundtable; both of which actively lobby against climate policy in the US.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: International Paper Company appears to have limited top-line communications on climate change. In its 2019 Global Citizen Report, the company recognized the link between human activity and climate change. Whilst it supports emissions reductions in its own operations, but takes no clear position on economy wide emissions reductions . Similarly, International Paper Company does not appear to have stated a clear position on the need for climate regulation in its corporate messaging. The company has not explicitly supported the UN Paris Agreement in its recent corporate reporting.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: International Paper Company has not clearly disclosed its positions towards, or engagement with, specific climate change policies on its corporate website. As such, the company has limited transparent engagement with climate policy. In February 2019, International Paper Company gave a testimony against a cap-and-trade system in Oregon, suggesting that it puts its business at a competitive disadvantage.

Positioning on Energy Transition: International Paper Company appears to have mixed engagement on the energy transition. On its corporate website, in May 2021, International Paper Company stated support for the use of biomass in the energy mix. In its 2021 CDP disclosure, it stated that it is lobbying for regulatory certainty on the use of biomass and for its carbon neutrality to be recognized. In a 2019 US consultation response, the company appeared to support a long-term role for natural gas in the energy mix.

Industry Association Governance: The most recent full disclosure from International Paper Company on its membership of industry associations is in its 2020 Global Citizen Report. Additionally, the company publishes a bi-annual list of industry association memberships with dues exceeding $50,000. Neither publication provides detail on the company's engagement with, nor the climate positions of, the associations, and the entity does not appear to have published a full audit of its alignment with industry associations. International Paper Company retains membership to the National Association of Manufacturers, which has engaged negatively with various strands of US climate-related policy and regulation, while strongly supporting the ongoing role of fossil fuels in the US economy.

Additional Note: InfluenceMap's analysis of corporate policy engagement covers a range of climate-motivated policy streams, which is being expanded continually as national policy developments occur. In 2022, InfluenceMap will introduce coverage of corporate engagement with climate policy related to land use and circular economy issues. As International Paper Company operates in sectors where such policy issues are highly significant, it is likely that such future evolutions of InfluenceMap's system will impact International Paper Company's climate change policy engagement scores in the future.

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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.