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The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) were launched in 2000 by States, NGOs and extractive companies. The guidelines issued by this initiative are intended to help companies maintaining the security of their operations while ensuring respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms when interacting with private security providers or government security forces. 

As an official member of the VPSHR since 2012, Total issues an annual report describing how it implements the VPSHR in its operations. Total shares its challenges, learning and best practices with regards to security and human rights issues and, where appropriate, reports VPSHR incidents. This reflects how the Group aims to continuously improve its security and human rights practices at the operational level.