At Total, we understand that cooperation is the key to success. For this reason, we take steps to secure the support of both partners and local residents as we work to produce the energy that the world needs. This involves building relationships based on trust with all stakeholders, and placing the principles of sustainable economic and human development at the core of every project.
Operations founded on partnership and dialogue
Everywhere we operate, we strive to build strong long-term relationships with a wide array of stakeholders including host countries officials, civil society, national and multinational oil companies and subcontractors.
At Total, we are mindful that people live in the places where we operate. For this reason, we are increasingly committed to an approach focused on “in-country value,” to better grasp our real and lasting contribution to local development in host countries, starting from the design phase.
Sustainable relationships are also founded on constructive dialogue with local stakeholders (residents, community organizations, regional authorities, etc.). We recognize that the impact of our operations can vary depending on the location, as can stakeholders’ expectations. A development project, for instance, will affect the local situation in different ways depending on whether or not the host region already has an oil culture. Our local integration hinges on our ability to identify expectations and promote dialogue.
Participating in host countries’ economic development
Fostering economic development in host countries and developing a vibrant local industrial base are two principles we have integrated into our daily operations. We act on these principles in a variety of ways, for example by supporting SMEs and local subcontractors in each country, helping to revitalize employment areas and leading microfinance operations.
Participating in host countries’ economic development also takes place on the fiscal front. Our position is to ensure the highest level of transparency, as a signatory of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) since its inception in 2002 and a member of its Board of Directors. We regularly publish detailed reports on our Exploration & Production operations and the amount of taxes we pay to host countries.
Moho Nord: a venture in Congo benefitting both industry and society
Moho Nord is an oil exploration and production project launched off the coast of Congo in March 2013.
It is also an exciting example of community outreach that has given us the opportunity to develop close synergies with local industry. Through a program known as “Betosala” (“Let’s work together” in the Kituba language), we are helping Congolese entrepreneurs diversify their activities over the long term.
We help develop skills & talent in host countries
We believe that contributing to the development of local talent and skills is of key importance in preparing our industry’s future in our host countries. That’s why we play an active role in professional training by sponsoring literacy programs, funding scholarships, aiding the creation of specialized training centers and supporting local educational systems when needed.
We also foster skills and knowledge transfer, for example by supporting businesses located near our facilities in order to strengthen their expertise and help align their practices with international standards of quality, safety, lead time and cost control.
We are training tomorrow’s technicians in the United Arab Emirates
Our commitment to better energy also extends to promoting professional training and employment for young workers in producing countries. In the United Arab Emirates, the Total Abu Al Bukhoosh (Total ABK) Academy trains the future generations of oil and gas technicians. After a 2.5-year course taught by Group professionals, these trainees can look forward to a career in the oil and gas industry, where dozens of our graduates are already hard at work.
The ABK training program includes a refresher course to boost maths, physics, chemistry and English skills; leadership and teamwork coaching; and workplace safety training. On-site training makes up the second half of the program: for 18 months, trainees rotate between offshore experience, on-campus coursework and time off. All of this adds up to a training program recognized across the country.