Suzuki

InfluenceMap Score
E+
Performance Band
30%
Organisation Score
46%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Automobiles
Head​quarters:
Hamamatsu, Japan
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Suzuki appears to have broadly negative engagement with a variety of climate policy streams globally. Despite some positive top-line messaging on climate, in 2020-21, the company has opposed regulatory efforts to increase the stringency of emissions standards for vehicles in the US and India.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Suzuki appears broadly supportive of carbon neutrality, however it is unclear whether it supports 2050 targets in line with IPCC. The company has also not explicitly stated support for the Paris Agreement. In a September 2021 blog post, Suzuki appeared to support net-zero or climate neutrality targets, although it is unclear whether the company supports near term action to achieve these goals. In February 2021, according to a Reuters media report, Toshihiro Suzuki, president of Suzuki Motor Corp, recognized the company’s need to respond to a global push towards lower emissions and carbon neutrality. Chairman of Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL), a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation, R C Bhargava, similarly expressed support for climate neutrality targets in an August 2021 Economic Times article, yet without supporting near-term action to implement these targets. However, the same article also reported Maruti Suzuki’s Chairman advocating for less ambitious government regulation to respond to climate change in India compared to the West.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Suzuki appears unsupportive of ambitious climate policies. In December 2020, Suzuki Motor Corporation was part of the large coalition of auto companies that lobbied for a uniform national approach to emission regulations in the US, supporting President Trump’s legal effort to roll back emission standards and withdraw California’s right to enforce its own, more stringent regulatory scheme, according to an Associated Press media report. Additionally, according to a Reuters report in March 2021, Maruti Suzuki directly advocated for policymakers to delay energy efficiency standards in India through the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), an industry group that represents major carmakers in the country. Furthermore, an August 2021 Economic Times news article reported that Maruti Suzuki Chairman, R C Bhargava, publicly opposed CAFE Phase II regulations in India, emphasizing that the new stage of energy efficiency norms would hold back the growth of the auto industry.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Suzuki appears to take a mixed position on the energy transition. In March 2021, a company press release expressed support for the decarbonization of transportation, specifically supporting the increased adoption of electric motorcycles in Japan. However, in Maruti Suzuki’s 2020-21 Annual Report, published in August 2021, its Chairman, R C Bhargava, advocated for the expansion of compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen for light-duty vehicles as a means of moving India towards the final goal of net-zero emissions. Furthermore, in an August 2021 Economic Times media report, Maruti Suzuki’s Chairman seemed unsupportive of the electrification of transportation in India, arguing that “it is important to understand EV penetration will only happen in India when conditions become such that consumers can buy it”.

Industry Association Governance: Suzuki has not disclosed its membership to industry associations on its corporate website, nor has it published a review of alignment with its industry associations. In its 2021 CDP response, it only discloses its membership to the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), which has mostly negative engagement on Japanese climate legislation, and where Toshihiro Suzuki, president of Suzuki Motor Corporation, is an executive director. Furthermore, Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki, is the president of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) in 2022, which appears to have mostly negative positions on Indian automotive climate policy. Suzuki is also a member of the Alliance for Automobile Innovation, which has mixed engagement with US climate legislation.

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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.