In 2003, Total asked Bernard Kouchner to investigate the impact of its activities in Myanmar.
As a doctor, public servant and expert in geopolitics, Bernard Kouchner had all the necessary qualifications to provide a critical, impartial opinion of Total's actions in Myanmar. Dr. Kouchner's assignment involved three stages:
- Establishing a wide range of preliminary contacts with representatives of humanitarian NGOs active in Myanmar or monitoring the country's situation, as well as with Mary B. Anderson, President of CDA Collaborative Learning Projects.
- Reading a number of reports, notably the U.S. Department of Labor's Report on Labor Practices in Burma (2002-2003) and the International Crisis Group's Myanmar – The Politics of Humanitarian Aid (2002).
- Visiting Yangon and the Yadana pipeline region from March 25 to 29, 2003.