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You’d think a $72 billion San Francisco-based company that encourages “the efficient use of existing resources” would be further along in its sustainability efforts, but you’d be wrong. 

Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky has rolled out some PR-friendly environmental programs over the years and recently, the other Airbnb co-founder, Joe Gebbia (an Airbnb board member), donated some personal wealth to the cause of ocean cleanup. As a company, however, Airbnb's approach to sustainability has only just begun to transcend an ad hoc approach. It only recently started bothering to respond to the CDP's (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) requests for information and so far it has only filed a short term commitment with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). 

Airbnb’s sustainability reports are like a midweek night out: short and underwhelming. The version published in 2021 has an environment section that’s a single page long (slow clap) and appears to lightly use just one major reporting framework (three is average for companies of Airbnb’s size). In 2022, the company did release a slightly fuller report about its emission reduction goals, but compared to many of its peers in the business world, Airbnb’s reporting leaves a lot to be desired. The company scored an unimpressive 34 out of 100 on CSR Hub, a site that rates companies’ environmental and corporate social responsibility reporting. 

Chesky has said he wants Airbnb to be a net zero company by 2030, but without more big-boy corporate governance in place to ensure the company’s walk matches its talk, we think there’s little chance of making that happen. Finally, Airbnb appears to have a relationship with the Chamber of Commerce, an industry group that has a long history of lobbying against good climate policies. In short, Airbnb’s sustainability efforts so far amount to little more than an air biscuit.

Factors affecting Airbnb’s UNFK score

  • Has a relationship with the US Chamber of Commerce and/or its affiliates: yes
  • Has a relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC): not likely
  • Science Based Targets Initiative Commitment: Near Paris
  • Banking Score (0-100): 0

Airbnb’s contributions last election cycle: 2022

(source: Open Secrets)

Airbnb’s Total PAC Contributions to Climate FKers:


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Airbnb’s Total Individual Contributions to Climate FKers:


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Total amount Airbnb contributed to Climate FKers (PAC + Individual Contributions)


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Airbnb’s PAC and employees contributed funds to the campaigns of 9 Climate FKers

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Republican Representative from Washington

They gave Cathy $2,500

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John Thune

Republican Senator from South Dakota

They gave John $2,500

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Tom Cotton

Republican Senator from Arkansas

They gave Tom $2,500

How Airbnb Can Raise Its Score

  • Create more robust and transparent environmental reporting 
  • Register long term emissions reduction goals with SBTi
  • Cut ties with the Chamber of Commerce (and affiliates)
  • Disclose carbon emissions to CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project)
  • Include environmental justice as part of company’s overall racial justice stance

Airbnb in the news

[The carbon footprint of airbnb is likely bigger than you think](http://The carbon footprint of airbnb is likely bigger than you think (The Conversation, May 2021)) (The Conversation, May 2021)