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.
Total upholds the Global Compact since 2002. It reiterates each year its commitment to the Global Compact’s Ten Principles. This commitment is explicitly stated in the Group’s Code of Conduct.
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 3: 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.
Member of the Global Compact since 2002, Total annually restates it commitment to the Ten Principles
In addition to this commitment, Total is a member of the Management Committee of the Global Compact France, the association that represents France in the national Global Compact networks.
In 2011, Total joined the Global Compact's LEAD initiative for Sustainable Leadership. Total's yearly Communication on Progress is made at the GC-Advanced level since 2012. 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.