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Trade association reports

Our aim 8 is to set new expectations for our relationships with trade associations around the globe. We will make the case for our views on climate change within the associations we belong to and we will be ‎transparent where we differ. And where we can’t reach alignment, we will be prepared to leave
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We belong to industry associations that offer opportunities to share good practices and collaborate on issues of importance to our sector; from contributing to the development of equipment, operating and safety standards through to working with regulators, knowledge sharing and professional development.

In February 2020 we published our first trade associations review. As a result of this review, we left three associations that we deemed to be not aligned with our views on climate, and our CEO wrote to the others in scope to explain our support of the Paris Agreement, our net zero ambition and our support for transparency.

Building on last year’s review, in 2021 we provided an update on the progress made by the five partially aligned associations. We were encouraged by the progress we’ve seen in these associations. They have moved on important issues such as support for the Paris Agreement, regulation of methane, carbon pricing and the role of climate science. And, as part of our ongoing pursuit of transparency, this progress update includes a list of our 66 most significant memberships as determined by fees paid.
Trade associations: differing views


We understand that positions taken on any topic by a trade association are often a compromise or majority view, arrived at through their individual decision-making processes, with the potential for widely differing views among their membership. Consequently, we may share our perspective on emerging policy themes with a specific trade association, but as one member among many, we do not expect to dictate what they write or say.

We monitor our memberships of associations, and the positions they take. Where our views cannot be reconciled, we may share details here.