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Support to global initiatives



Total reiterates each year, since 2002, its support for the United Nations Global Compact, of which it is one of the companies recognized as LEAD.

The Group also made a commitment to respect the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights following their adoption in 2011.

The challenges posed by climate change require a collective effort. The Group has played an active role in various international initiatives that involve the private and the public sectors to bring about notably:



carbon pricing (the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, Caring for Climate – United Nations Global Compact, Paying for Carbon call: Total and five other industry leaders);

the end of routine flaring of associated gas (the World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative);

control over methane emissions (Oil & Gas Methane Partnership of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative in cooperation with UN Environment and EDF, etc.); and

greater transparency: support of the recommendations from the G20 Financial Stability Board Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).



Total also actively supports collaborative and multi-stakeholder initiatives in areas in which the coordinated involvement of governments, companies and civil society is key to global progress, particularly:

— financial transparency: the Group has adhered to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) since its launch in 2002; 

— the fight against corruption: Total joined the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) in 2016 and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer now sits on the Board of PACI (“PACI Vanguard”).


the challenge of security and respect for human rights by being a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) since 2012.



— diversity: Total signed in 2010 the “Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business” set out by the United Nations Global Compact, and in 2018 it signed the pledge for diversity as part of the European Roundtable of Industrialists; 



the reduction of inequalities through the development of social dialogue to favor more inclusive economic growth: Total was one of the first French companies to adhere to the Global Deal initiative at the end of 2017.



biodiversity: Total joined in 2018 the Act4Nature initiative and made commitments to protect biodiversity; 



the circular economy: Total is a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, launched in 2019, which brings together companies in the plastics and consumer goods value chain to provide solutions for the disposal of plastic waste in the environment, especially in oceans, and to promote their recycling in a circular economy. 



better access to energy for populations of emerging countries through a partnership with SE4All;