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Total and the Sustainable Development Goals

A group committed to contributing to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals



The United Nations, which adopted in 2015 the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) originally aimed for States, have called upon corporations’ contribution to collectively find solutions to sustainable development challenges.

Energy being central to human and economic development, Total has committed since 2016 to contributing to the SDGs. The Group has become involved in a sectoral approach through its active work within IPIECA to help produce a common framework setting out what contribution the oil and gas industry can make to the SDGs. Furthermore, Total has integrated the United Nations’ recommendations(1) to better identify the scope of its contribution to the SDGs.

Through its activities, the Group is concerned by all of the SDGs. However, Total has identified the following SDGs as those on which it can have a more direct influence.

(1) According to SDG Compass: Understanding the SDGs, Defining priorities, Setting goals, Integrating, Reporting and Communicating.



SDG 8: by providing a solid social base for its employees and promoting decent working conditions in its supply chain.


SDG 3: by ensuring the safety of its employees and stakeholders and the health of all people linked to its activities.


SDG 4: by supporting the evolution of existing jobs through training and employees’ skills enhancement.


SDG 5: by strengthening its commitment to diversity, particularly through policies to promote women within the Company.



SDG 12: by reducing its environmental footprint and increasing its involvement in the circular economy.


SDG 14 and 15: by committing to protect biodiversity through its operations and corporate citizenship policy.



SDG 13: by incorporating the challenges of climate change into its strategy.


SDG 7: by developing a portfolio of low carbon activities and an affordable energy offering to as many people as possible.


SDG 9: by investing in reliable, modern, responsible industrial sites, as well as in research and development.

Ethics & societal


SDG 16: by contributing to the promotion of human rights, transparency and the fight against corruption.


SDG 10: by contributing to the development and progress of the territories in which the Group operates.

Collective action


SDG 17: by encouraging a collective approach to find solutions to the global sustainable growth challenges.

Information on Total’s current contributions per SDG can be found in the section  "Reporting-Sustainable Development Goals".

The Global Compact appointed Total’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer as an SDG Pioneer in 2017 in recognition of the commitments made by the Group for driving partnerships and investing in low carbon energies.

The SDG pictograms are included through "Our challenges" section to illustrate Total’s contributions.