The United Nations created the Global Compact in 2000 following a call by its Secretary-General urging businesses to play an active role in the globalization process.
It is grounded on a universal and voluntary framework of Ten Principles related to human rights, labour, the environment and the fight against corruption.
Total's yearly Communication on Progress, which details the actions implemented by the Group to address the UNGC’s four main themes, is made at the GC-Advanced level since 2012.
Total is a member of the Global Compact France, and is represented at its Board of directors. Total’s teams actively contribute to the Human rights Club and the GC Advanced Club of the French network.
In 2018, and based on the new criteria set by the Global Compact, Total was among the companies recognised as LEAD for its sustainability practices. Total’s LEAD status was confirmed in 2019 and 2020.
Furthermore, Total participates within the Global Compact framework to theme-based action platforms:
- Decent work on supply chains platform;
- Reporting on SDGs platform;
- Sustainable Oceans business platform.
THE TEN PRINCIPLES
- Principle 1: businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
- Principle 2: businesses should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
These principles are drawn from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Principle 2: businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
- Principle 4: businesses should uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor.
- Principle 5: businesses should uphold the effective abolition of child labor.
- Principle 6: businesses should uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
These principles originate in the Conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
- Principle 7: businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
- Principle 8: businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
- Principle 9: businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
These principles emerge from the 1992 Rio Declaration.
- Principle 10: businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
This principle stems from the 2003 United Nations Convention against Corruption, also known as the Merida Convention.