Total is an integrated energy group and one of the world’s largest. It is invested with an economic and social mission: as a player within and a beneficiary of economic globalization, it wishes to make its success a vector of progress that benefits to the greatest number of people.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015. These goals acknowledge the decisive role corporations can play in economic and social development and ask them to show responsibility and innovation in finding solutions to global sustainable development challenges.
In 2016, Total committed itself to contributing to the achievement of the SDGs by implementing the recommendations of the United Nations. Consequently, the Group has embarked on a structured approach to identify and prioritize the SDGs on which it can have the greatest impact, such as climate change, decent work and human rights, and access to energy.
The Group’s vocation is to produce the energy that the world needs, and will need in the future, and to make it accessible to the greatest number of people - over one billion1 people still have no access to electricity.
Access to energy is a source of progress and a condition for economic and social development and for the improvement of living conditions of people around the world. In most countries, and in the developing world in particular, access to low-cost energy is a priority as it is a pillar of development.
This vocation is to be accomplished in a responsible manner and by working to make an effective contribution to the climate change issue, in particular.
Meeting the energy needs of a growing global population, providing concrete solutions to help limit global warming, adapting to new patterns of consumption and changes to the expectations of customers and stakeholders constitute the challenges that a major energy player like Total can help to tackle.
To respond to these challenges, Total's ambition over the next 20 years is to become the responsible energy major by contributing to the supply of more affordable, more available and cleaner energy to the greatest number of people:
- more affordable – as low-cost energy is essential to favor the economic development of billions of people who wish to improve their living conditions;
- more available – as people expect energy to be continuously available and accessible on a daily basis;
- cleaner – as the Group intends to reduce the environmental footprint and the CO2 emissions of its operations, and to actively contribute to finding solutions that limit the impact of climate change, particularly by providing its customers with a mix of energy products whose carbon intensity is regularly reduced.
Safety, integrity, respect for human rights, and societal and environmental responsibility are principles and values that form part of the Group’s operating processes.
Total conducts its operations according to the following principles of:
- protecting the safety and security of people and its facilities;
- limiting its environmental footprint;
- ensuring that its Code of Conduct is applied in its sphere of operations;
- incorporating the challenges of sustainable development in the exercise of its activities;
- increasing its local integration by placing dialogue with its stakeholders at the heart of its policy and contributing to the economic and social development of the regions where the Group has operations with the objective of creating shared value;
- promoting equal opportunities and fostering diversity and cultural mix among its personnel.
In addition to the societal initiatives that are directly related to the Group’s industrial activities, Total has also been committed to taking general-interest measures in the countries where it operates. In the face of growing inequality and significant environmental challenges, the Group wishes to bolster its civic engagement and implement a new societal engagement policy as from 2018. It wishes to act in a way that ensures the vitality and sustainability of the territories in which the Group is present by putting actions that benefit young people first.
In order to boost the impact of its societal initiatives, Total has selected four areas of intervention that it considers to be vital for the territories’ sustainable development:
- forests and climate, for a beneficial environment for humans;
- integration and qualification of young people, for the autonomy of young people in socially vulnerable situations;
- road safety, for safer mobility; and
- culture and heritage, for dialogue between cultures.
The Group’s CSR performance is measured by non-financial rating agencies.
Total has been included continuously in the FTSE4Good index (London Stock Exchange) since 2001 and in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World - New York Stock Exchange) since 2004. Total has been listed on DJSI Europe every year since 2005, excepting 2015.
Total was third of the extractive sector and first of the Oil & Gas sector in the first ranking of Corporate Human Rights Benchmark published in 2017.
In terms of reporting, Total refers to the IPIECA (global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues) guidance and to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
1Source: Energy Access Outlook 2017 published by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals acknowledge the decisive role corporations can play in economic development and growth and ask them to show creativity and innovation in finding solutions to global sustainable development challenges.
Total considers the SDGs to be an opportunity to better measure and value its contribution to society as a whole. The Group manages its activities and assesses its performance on three sustainable development pillars: financial results (Profit), the creation of value for stakeholders (People) and the preservation of ecosystems (Planet).
In 2016, TOTAL committed to contributing to the achievement of the SDGs. To this end, the Group started by identifying the goals to which it already contributes, in particular through the following initiatives:
||Climate change (SDG 13)
In May 2016, Total published a detailed report specifying how climate-related challenges are integrated in its strategy, and setting a 20-year ambition that takes into account the IEA’s Sustainable Development Scenario (2°C). An update of this report was published in May 2017, and another update will be published in 2018.
|Decent work and human rights (SDGs 8 and 16)
In July 2016, Total became the first oil and gas company to publish a detailed report specifying how the Group incorporates respect for human rights in its activities. Total strives to communicate transparently and indicate which actions have been taken to rise to the challenges the Group is facing. An update of this report was published in 2018.
||Access to energy (SDG 7)
Total’s ambition is to supply affordable energy to growing populations.
|Biodiversity (SDGs 14 and 15)
Total pursues an active policy to reduce the environmental footprint of its activities by paying particularly close attention to protected and sensitive zones.
In 2017, Total launched a project to identify and prioritize the SDGs to which it can make the most significant contribution and make public commitments in a show of its support for the United Nations’ recommendations for the implementation of the SDGs.
In 2017, the Global Compact appointed Total’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer as an SDG Pioneer in recognition of the commitments made by the Group for driving partnerships for low carbon investments.
Total also actively contributed to the definition by IPIECA of a common framework describing the contributions that the oil industry can make to the SDGs.
Information on the Group’s current contributions per SDG can be found on the Group’s website in the section Reporting/Sustainable Development Goals.
The SDG pictograms are included in this chapter to illustrate Total’s contributions.
The Board of Directors is composed of 12 members elected at the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting, including a director representing Total's employee shareholders, a director representing employees and a lead independent director.
It reflects diversity and complementarity of experiences, expertises, nationalities and cultures necessary to take account of the interests of all of the Group’s shareholders and stakeholders.
(a) Excluding the director representing the employee shareholders and the director representing employees, in accordance with the recommendations of the AFEP-MEDEF Code (point 8.3).
(b) Excluding the director representing employees, in accordance with Article L. 225-27-1 of the French Commercial Code.