Environment, Social, Governance

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Our goal is to be exemplary, not just in terms of our financial performance, but also by setting high corporate social responsibility standards for ourselves.


Watching Out for Health and Safety

At Total, employee and operational safety, personal health and environmental protection are constant priorities. Our commitments in these areas are based on our Safety Health Environment Quality Charter .

Since 2010, our Golden Rules have set out the basic rules applicable to all personnel — employees and contractors alike — without exception. They cover equipment set-up, vehicle traffic on site, body mechanics and tools, and much more.

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Championing Sustainable Development

Our activities are bound up with two of the world's biggest challenges: providing access to energy for as many people as possible and protecting the environment. As a responsible energy producer, we meet those challenges in a sustainable way.

This is shown by our proactive policy to respect the environment. We don't give our projects the green-light until performing an environmental impact assessment across their life cycle.

We strive to reduce our environmental footprint, notably by making our facilities and products more energy efficient, and are preparing the future of energy by developing renewables, with a strong focus on solar and biomass.

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Measuring Our CSR Performance

As part of a continuous improvement process, we set objectives and monitor key performance indicators pertaining to environmental, social, safety, health and community engagement issues. Our non-financial targets and indicators are also published in our Registration Document .

Did You Know?
Total is included in the leading Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Indexes . We are the only international oil company to be selected for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World for the eleventh year in a row.


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Strict, Transparent Corporate Governance

Since 2008 we refer to the Corporate Governance Code of Listed Corporations issued by French business confederations AFEP and MEDEF. Updated regularly, it is one of the strictest guidance documents available on the topic, both in Europe and internationally.

We strive to balance the composition of our Board of Directors. Total S.A.’s Board of Directors comprises 12 members, including a director representing employee shareholders, elected by shareholders at the Annual Meeting and a director representing employees who is designated by the Central Work Committee of the Upstream/Holding Company Unit of Economic and Employee Interest (UES). Total’s Board of Directors includes six women and five non-French nationals.

Based on the independence criteria set out in the AFEP-MEDEF Code, the Board determined that 70% of its directors were independent on December 31, 2015. In 2015, the Board of Directors met nine times, with an overall attendance rate of 94.9%.

Our Board of Directors adheres to and promotes transparent and strict corporate governance, through its four specialized committees: the Audit Committee , the Compensation Committee , the Governance & Ethics Committee and the Strategy Committee .

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Following Strict Ethical Standards

Wherever we operate, we publicize and strive to implement our principles of business and conduct, which are based on the core values of respect, responsibility and exemplary conduct. For this, we invest significant resources in awareness raising, training, assessment and reporting, especially in the areas of business integrity and human rights, for both our employees and our suppliers and service providers.

Detailed in our Code of Conduct , our principles are based on the following international reference documents to which Total adheres:
- the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ,
- the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ,
- the Key Conventions of the International Labour Organization ,
- the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises ,
- the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR), and
- the UN Global Compact .

Since 2006, we have implemented the recommendations of the VPSHR which provide extractive companies with guidelines on how to maintain the safety and the security of their operations while ensuring respect for human rights. We became a corporate member of the Voluntary Principles initiative in 2012.

Since 2002 we have been a member of the Global Compact and in late 2010 we joined its LEAD platform dedicated to leadership in corporate sustainability performance. As such, we publish a " Communication on Progress " each year.

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Treating Financial Transparency as an Imperative

Oil and gas development generates substantial revenues for private enterprises and producing countries. Total is committed to strict financial transparency. We joined the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) when it was created in 2002 and sit on the Board.

We publish detailed, regularly updated factsheets on a number of our host countries. They provide information on our exploration and production activities, in particular the total amount of income and other taxes paid to national authorities.

We also disclose the complete list of the Group’s consolidated entities .

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Fostering Balanced, Long-Term Relationships with Our Stakeholders

Total has organizations and resources at every level to promote dialogue with our stakeholders. Several websites and tabs covering issues of common interest are published for their benefit:

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