Vedanta Resources

InfluenceMap Score
C
Performance Band
62%
Organisation Score
58%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Metals & Mining
Head​quarters:
London, United Kingdom
Brands and Associated Companies:
Hindustan Zinc Limited, Sterlite Industries, Bharat Aluminium Company, Sesa Goa
Official Web Site:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Vedanta Resources appears to have mixed engagement on climate policy. The company has positive top-line messaging on climate change, but appears to have limited engagement on specific climate policies beyond support for India’s 2030 and 2070 GHG targets. Vedanta appears unsupportive of the energy transition and has actively advocated a sustained role for fossil fuels, including coal, in India’s energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Vedanta has broadly positive top-line communications on climate change. In its 2021-22 Sustainability Report, published in July 2022, the company supported climate action in line with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement, including reference to the more ambitious 1.5°C goal. In the same report, Vedanta also welcomed India’s GHG target of net-zero emissions by 2070. In the same report, Vedanta appeared to support government regulation to respond to climate change, stating that climate mitigation and the transition to a low-carbon economy will require “extensive changes” to policies and regulations.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Vedanta appears to have limited, transparent engagement on specific climate-related policies. In its 2022 TCFD Report, the company appeared to support India’s target of reducing the country’s emissions intensity by 33-35% between 2005 and 2030. Previously, in November 2020, Vedanta signed a declaration as part of the India CEO Forum on Climate Change which appeared to support India’s 2030 renewable energy target and 2030 GHG target.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Vedanta appears to be actively engaged on the energy transition with mixed positions. In its 2021-22 Sustainability Report, published in July 2022, the company stated that it would carry out policy advocacy in the medium-term to facilitate the transition away from coal and remove bottlenecks for cleaner fuels. In its 2022 TCFD Report, Vedanta also supported the decarbonization of the economy and the transition to green and renewable energies.

However, Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal has consistently advocated a sustained role for fossil fuels in India’s energy mix. In March 2021, Agarwal supported a significant role for coal in the energy mix without reference to the need for carbon capture and storage (CCS). In April 2021 and October 2021, Agarwal called for relief on taxes and royalties to incentivize increased oil and gas investment in India.

Industry Association Governance: Vedanta has disclosed a list of its industry association memberships in its 2021-22 Sustainability Report (published in July 2022), but with no further details of the organizations’ climate policy positions or Vedanta’s role within them. Vedanta has not published a review of alignment with its industry associations. Vedanta retains membership to Minerals Council South Africa which has lobbied negatively on climate policy in South Africa.

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 2022.

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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.