International Paper Company

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Paper & Forest Products
Memphis, United States

Climate Lobbying Overview: International Paper Company appears to have limited but broadly negative engagement with climate change policy and regulation. In 2018-20, International Paper appears to have lobbied against an Oregon cap and trade system and advocated for the continued role of natural gas in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Top line messaging from International Paper Company on climate change appears to be limited. The company has recognized the link between human activity and climate change. However, it does not appear to have communicated a position on the need to reduce GHG emissions in line with IPCC guidance. Similarly, International Paper Company does not appear to have communicated a clear position on the need for climate regulation. The company has not explicitly supported the Paris Agreement in its recent corporate reporting.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: International Paper Company appears to have limited, negative engagement with specific climate-related regulations. In 2019 International Paper Company appears to have lobbied against a cap-and-trade system in Oregon, arguing that it puts its business at a competitive disadvantage. International Paper Company has not clearly disclosed its positions towards, or engagement with, specific climate change policies on its website in 2021.

Positioning on Energy Transition: International Paper Company appears to have limited, negative engagement on the energy transition. In a 2019 US consultation response, the company appears 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 to industry associations is in its 2019 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, or the climate positions of, such associations, and the entity does not appear to have published a full audit of its alignment with industry associations. International Paper Company holds membership to several industry associations, including 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.

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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.