PACCAR INC | Report on climate-related policy engagement at Paccar Inc

Status
29.27% votes in favour
AGM date
Previous AGM date
Proposal number
6
Resolution details
Company ticker
PCAR
Resolution ask
Report on or disclose
ESG theme
  • Environment
ESG sub-theme
  • Climate change
  • Lobbying / political engagement
Type of vote
Shareholder proposal
Filer type
Shareholder
Company sector
Industrials
Company HQ country
United States
Resolved clause
RESOLVED: Shareholders request that the Board of Directors annually conduct an evaluation and issue a report (at reasonable cost, omitting confidential or proprietary information) describing if, and how, PACCAR Inc. lobbying and policy influence activities (both direct and indirect through trade associations, coalitions, alliances, and other organizations) align with the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit average global warming to “well below” 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and to pursue efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5°C, and how PACCAR plans to mitigate the risks presented by any misalignment. In evaluating the degree of alignment, PACCAR should consider not only its policy positions and those of organizations of which PACCAR is a member, but also the actual lobbying and policy influence activities.
Whereas clause
WHEREAS: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change asserts that greenhouse gas emissions must decline by 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. If that goal is not met, even more rapid reductions, at greater cost, will be required to compensate for the slow start on the path to global net zero emissions.

Even with the recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, critical gaps remain between Nationally Determined Contributions set by the US government and the actions required to prevent the worst effects of climate change. Companies have an important and constructive role to play in enabling policymakers to close these gaps.

Corporate lobbying that is inconsistent with the Paris Agreement presents increasingly material risks to companies and their shareholders, as delays in emissions reductions undermine political stability, damage infrastructure, impair access to finance and insurance, and exacerbate health risks and costs.

Further, companies face increasing reputational risks from consumers, investors, and other stakeholders, if they appear to delay or block effective climate policy. Of particular concern is PACCAR’s membership in – and claims of policy alignment with1 – a trade association that has actively sought to impede proposed clean truck regulations. In contrast, emerging competitors in the truck market, such as Tesla, have supported efforts by California and other states to set rules that grow the market for medium and heavy-duty clean trucks.

PACCAR does not have a public commitment to conduct policy and regulatory activities in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Competitor Volvo has a specific commitment to conduct its direct and indirect lobbying (through trade associations) in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

In 2023, Calvert Research and Management filed this proposal and received 47.4%, indicating substantial shareholder interest on this matter. Despite this support from shareholders, the company has not taken action to address any misalignments between its lobbing activities and the Paris Agreement objectives.

Demand for electric trucks is projected to exceed supply in the decade ahead. Allowing its trade association to slow progress while the company continues to rely upon diesel powered trucks may put the company out of line with market trends.

How other organisations have declared their voting intentions

Organisation name Declared voting intentions Rationale
LocalTapiola Asset Management Ltd For A vote FOR this proposal is warranted as shareholders may benefit from a more complete evaluation of climate lobbying activities being conducted by the company and on the company's behalf
AP7 For

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