Total is a member of the IPIECA ("International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association”), an international association aimed at promoting environmental and social issues within the industry.
IPIECA was established following a request from the then newly established United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1974, for the oil and gas industry to form channels of communication with UNEP.
The work of IPIECA is supported by a number of specialist working groups through which members actively participate. These groups draw on the skills and experience of IPIECA's international membership and operate with support from the IPIECA secretariat. IPIECA represents half the world’s oil and gas production.
IPIECA helps the oil and gas industry improve their environmental and societal performance by:
- developing, sharing and promoting sound practices and solutions;
- enhancing and communicating knowledge and understanding;
- engaging members and others in the industry;
- working in partnership with key stakeholders.
Within the framework of its non-financial reporting, environmental indicators include the Group’s performance indicators with reference made, to a large extent, to the 2015 version of the IPIECA reporting guidance.
In April 2020, IPIECA published the 4th edition of its Sustainability reporting guidance to better integrate current evolutions within existing reporting frameworks (Global Reportig Initiative, Task-force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure, United Nations Global Compact, UN Guiding principles on human rights reporting , United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, etc.).