The Global Summit of Women, which brings together influential political and business leaders each year, hopes to gather 1,000 women from around the world to promote leadership by women. This internationally renowned event — the 24th — is being held in France for the first time, from June 5 to 7.
Total wanted to support the initiative by being its main corporate sponsor this year. As such, Christophe de Margerie delivered the opening address before an audience that included French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and French Minister of Women, Cities, Youth and Sports Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. He reiterated Total's commitment to increasing the number of women in the industry, all over the world. "I deeply feel that we need an assertive approach to ensure that gender equality very quickly becomes self-evident. We therefore have to set clear objectives and meet them, to make gender equality one of Total's strengths," he stressed.
We still have a way to go to achieve gender parity, for one simple reason: we recruit primarily from technical and engineering programs, only 30% of whose students are women. That is why since 2004, when the Diversity Council was created, Total has gradually introduced an organization, practices and processes designed to increase the number of women in all our professions, at every level of responsibility. "Today 17% of our executives are women, or three times as many as 10 years ago. For example, our main operating affiliate, in Nigeria, and our biggest refining and petrochemical complex in Europe, in Antwerp, are both led by women.” Achieving a gender-balanced Total is an undertaking for the long haul, one that involves a range of commitments.