Total is committed to increasing the percentage of women in our workforce. Our initiatives are designed to enable women reach senior executive positions.

Women are present in almost all of our businesses, but usually not in sufficient numbers, particularly in the most senior positions. We aim to correct this imbalance by focusing on skills and setting targets to promote gender equality.

Promoting Gender Equality

We implement various methods and initiatives to foster gender equality, including:

  • Hiring women in proportion to their numbers in the graduating classes of partner schools and universities;
  • Involving all stakeholders in our efforts, particularly HR teams and managers;
  • Promoting the same percentage of women and men with equivalent qualifications and experience from the overall;
  • Offering training to help women to more effectively manage their careers. Our target is 18% women senior executives by 2015.
Networking plays an important role in business. But women, who are scattered across Total and often spend less time than men on professional social contacts, have fewer opportunities to meet each other.

Manoelle Lepoutre, Executive Vice President, Sustainable Development and Chair of the TWICE network

Initiatives Targeted at Young Women Students

The main obstacle to gender parity in hiring is the relatively small percentage of women enrolled in technical programs, especially in engineering schools. Consequently, our efforts to increase the proportion of female hires must focus on priming the pipeline and target girls and young women to:

  • stimulate their interest in these areas, encourage them to pursue technical degrees and;
  • introduce them to the wealth and diversity of professional fields and careers in the oil industry.

In 2011, Total signed a partnership agreement in France with the association Elles bougent. The partnership aims to generate interest in pursuing careers in engineering and technical fields among high school girls and women university students.

The 2010 Europe-Wide Agreement on Professional Gender Equality

The new agreement signed by the Group in 2010 builds on the principles laid down in the 2005 agreement. It introduced the following initiatives:

  • Adjusting the salaries of women to ensure parity with men, by increasing the compensation of 2,300 women employees by an average of 3.7% in 2010;
  • Defraying childcare expenses during training or assignments;
  • Offering eight days of paid time off to be used in the first three years after having or adopting a child.

Participation in the BoardWomen Partners Program

This program aims to significantly increase the percentage of women on the boards of directors of major companies across Europe. Ahead of the AFEP-MEDEF Corporate Governance Code published by France’s largest employers’ federations French Private Companies Association (AFEP) and the French Business Confederation (MEDEF) and French legislation, 26% of Total’s Board of Directors are women.

TWICE, the Network for Total Women

Founded in 2006, the Total Women’s Initiative for Communication and Exchange (TWICE) seeks to:

  • Facilitate the development of women’s careers;
  • Raise awareness and provide gender equality education for men and women;
  • Create working groups to make women’s voices heard on Total’s business issues.

Gender Equality, 2005–2011

High Potentials16%17%17%18%20%21%22%
Senior Executives6%7%8%11%12%14%15%
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