Stellantis

InfluenceMap Score
D
Performance Band
50%
Organisation Score
46%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Automobiles
Head​quarters:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Brands and Associated Companies:
Peugeot, Opel, Chrysler, Citroen
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

In January 2021, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Groupe PSA merged to form Stellantis. To reflect this development, InfluenceMap’s scoring is based on data aggregated from FCA and Groupe PSA prior to this merger, and combined with metrics derived for Stellantis since January 2021.

Climate Lobbying Overview: Stellantis (a merger between FCA and Groupe PSA) has mixed to negative engagement with climate legislation in the US and EU. Despite appearing to support the decarbonization of transport through specific regulatory measures, such as the expansion of the EV charging network and EV tax credits, the company has consistently opposed higher GHG standards in the US.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Stellantis has very limited top-line communications on climate change. The company is clearly concerned with reducing GHG emissions within the organization, however it is unclear whether it supports IPCC demanded global emissions reductions. In August 2021, Stellantis appeared to support the Paris Agreement in a joint statement on the Biden Administration’s Steps to Strengthen American Leadership on Clean Cars and Trucks. Stellantis also does not appear to have an explicit position on the need for national climate regulations, however in December 2021 interview at the Reuters Next conference, Stellantis CEO, Carlos Tavares, argued that governments should shift the focus of climate policy toward cleaning up the energy sector, suggesting support for increased GHG emission reductions, but not in the autos industry.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Stellantis appears to have mixed engagement on specific climate policies. For example, the company supports limited increases to GHG and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards in the US, with exceptions. In a September 2021 US consultation response, the automaker opposed the EPA’s more stringent GHG standards, instead stating support for the mid-range standards with revised flexibilities included in the program and increased EV multiplier caps. Furthermore, in the same September 2021 US consultation response, Stellantis appeared to advocate for nationwide uniform fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards by showing support for One National Program, whereby federal law pre-empts (often more ambitious) state and local tailpipe GHG emissions standards. In a December 2021 response to the EPA's proposed adoption of higher GHG standards for light duty vehicles, Stellantis stated that the standards were "aggressive". The company also signalled to the Biden administration that it would agree to raise mileage standards to reduce tailpipe emissions, but with trade-offs and at rates lower than those brokered by California, according to a March 2021 Independent media report.

While Stellantis previously took legal action to revoke California’s authority to limit tailpipe emissions, a Washington Post article stated that Stellantis, along with other leading automakers, abandoned these legal efforts in 2021 as a “a gesture of good faith and to find a constructive path forward". However, Stellantis CEO, Carlos Tavares, has consistently opposed more stringent GHG emissions standards in his messaging. For example, he emphasized that CO2 regulations will harm industry profitability at the Financial Times Future of the Car summit in May 2021.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Stellantis appears to have mixed engagement on policies promoting the decarbonization of transport. In August 2021, the company signed a joint statement with other leading automakers supporting specific regulatory measures towards the electrification of transportation in the US, such as EV purchase incentives and charging infrastructure. In a September 2021 US consultation response, Stellantis also called on policymakers to provide supportive policies included in the Build Back Better Plan including updating federal EV incentives and expanding the EV charging network, among others. Stellantis also advocated for the expansion of EV tax credits as part of President Biden’s Build Back Better Budget reconciliation bill in an October 2021 Transportation Today media report. The company stated in Congressman Dan Kildee’s September 2021 press release that “we are pleased to see Congress match the industry's commitment with meaningful inducements that will help consumers make the switch to electric vehicles”. Additionally, in an October 2021 Automotive News media report, Vauxhall (Stellantis’ UK brand) appeared to support the British government's ZEV mandate, which sells a rising share of full-electric or fuel cell cars.

However, Stellantis CEO, Carlos Tavares has consistently opposed the electrification of transportation, for example in a January 2022 Euractiv media report, where he appeared to oppose the EU's strategy to phase out combustion engines in favour of electric vehicles, arguing that "electrification is a technology chosen by politicians, not by industry". He added there were cheaper and faster ways of reducing carbon emissions and emphasized the social risk created by the "brutality of this change", echoing similar comments he made at the FT’s Future of the Car summit in May 2021. In a January 2021 Handesblatt article, Tavares raised concerns over costs to consumers and manufacturers around electrification, while in a December 2021 interview at the Reuters Next conference, he argued that the EV cost burden is 'beyond the limits' for automakers', emphasizing the potential threat to jobs and industry. He has also criticized the UK government’s decision to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, according to a January 2021 Guardian media report.

Industry Association Governance: Stellantis has disclosed information on some of its trade association engagement in FCA's and Groupe PSA's 2020 CSR and sustainability reports. However, it does not have a clearly identifiable disclosure of its indirect climate-related lobbying activities, nor has it indicated its alignment with the industry associations in question. The company retains memberships of a number of groups known to be oppositional to climate regulation including Alliance for Automotive Innovation, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), where Stellantis' Senior Vice President and Country Manager UK is currently President. Stellantis CEO, Carlos Tavares, sits on the board of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), which has actively and strategically opposed ambitious climate policy in Europe.

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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.