InfluenceMap launched its corporate climate lobbying platform on the eve of the Paris Agreement in late 2015 in response to growing demand from investors and other stakeholders. The analysis provided clarity, and, for the first time, detailed measurement of how corporations influence policy needed to address climate change. It introduced the concept of a corporation's Carbon Policy Footprint or Scope 4 emissions.
The content has become a mainstream investor tool in assessing and engaging with companies, including the Climate Action 100+ process, and has been cited in over 1,000 media articles globally. It feeds into numerous NGO campaigns and helps the corporate sector engage more positively on climate policy.
The success of the lobbying work demonstrated the effectiveness of our process. We take an objective, innovative and data-driven approach to identifying systemic blockages to climate progress. We then communicate our analysis to our partners with clarity, empowering them to push for positive change.
This rigorous and science-based approach was used in the launch of FinanceMap, a data tool which examines how financial institutions perform on climate. It uses powerful tools and databases to assess financial portfolios and the stewardship of companies in the real economy by investors on climate. We launched the Japan Energy Transition Initiative with partners Carbon Tracker, 2 Degrees Investing and Japan's IGES in 2019 to help catalyze climate action in the country.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the compressed time scales in policymakers’ decision making present important implications for the climate crisis. To aid those pushing for a Paris-aligned recovery, we launched RecoveryMap, which tracks climate change-relevant government interventions.