A Human Rights Internal Guide was published in June 2011 to strengthen vigilance and raise awareness of our employees on human rights issues.
An awareness campaign was conducted in-house to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Explanatory brochures were distributed at our main Paris area sites and Christophe de Margerie signed the Global Compact CEO Statement.
All presentations on our ethics process pay special attention to human rights and procedures in place at Total
Human rights issues are explored on various Intranet sites
open to all employees.
The Ethics I ntranet site
, expanded in January 2012, offers transparent information about all of our topics of focus, including free competition, anti-corruption and human rights. Employees can also find reference documents such as Total’s Code of Conduct and our international frames of reference as well as many external and internal links they can click on to learn more.
Security site on the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
This site strives to educate Total employees, especially those exposed to security risks about human rights and describes our action priorities for implementing the Voluntary Principles
on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR). A dedicated site including practical exercises is available.
Sustainable Development and Environment site and Exploration & Production’s Community Development site
These sites deal with issues related to the handling of major community and environmental challenges and present Total’s real-world initiatives and policies in this area. The “Human Rights” sections consist mainly of content about stakeholder relations and community development policies.
Human Resources site
This site covers work-related human rights issues, with content dealing with diversity
and all forms of harassment.
Human Rights Coordination Committee
In order to spell out our human rights positions and initiatives, Total has created a Human Rights Coordination Committee, organized by the Ethics Committee Chairman. An informal discussion forum that meets every other month, its members include representatives of the International Relations, Institutional Relations, Corporate Legal Affairs, Corporate Communications, Security, Sustainable Development and Human Resources Departments.
The meetings mainly address international initiatives, human rights tools and resources under development and the expressed expectations of civil society. The introduction of specific internal policies and procedures (in progress or pending) is also discussed.
Training for Total employees
Total covers human rights issues in existing seminars.
Our Ethical, Environmental and Social Responsibilities seminar
covers how we implement our ethical, environmental and social responsibility policies in the field. It helps managers better understand our action priorities and presents the tools and methods available to them. Human rights are discussed in some of the workshops offered.
Ethics & Business seminar
details procedures for implementing the ethics process across our businesses. Human rights are covered in a specific presentation that includes the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and are incorporated into the seminar’s workshops based on case studies.
Business & Human Rights seminar
Developed internally based on the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) kit, this seminar is available to business units who request it.
Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights seminar
Aimed at Total employees and contracted personnel potentially exposed to security risks, this seminar focuses on related human rights issues, using the VPSHR as a starting point.
Total uses the Human Rights Training Toolkit
for the Oil & Gas Industry for these seminars. Devised by IPIECA
, this external toolkit aims to explain the human rights issues specific to extractive industries and highlight the industry’s initiatives. As a member of the association’s Social Responsibility working group and Human Rights Task Force, we played an active role in creating the toolkit.