First Global Union Agreement

The agreement was signed on January 22, 2015 with international union federation IndustriALL Global Union.

Taking social dialogue to the next level. IndustriALL Global Union represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the energy, mining and manufacturing sectors. The agreement is a new step in transnational negotiating processes, which began in Europe more than a decade ago. It is designed to set the example through its level of commitment, its geographic scope and the IGU’s extended footprint. 

100,000 employees covered in 130+ countries. The agreement guarantees minimum standards worldwide in the areas of health and safety at work, which are absolute priorities that are also factored in when selecting service providers, contractors and suppliers, human rights in the workplace, diversity, employee dialogue, measures to anticipate and support organizational changes, and corporate social responsibility. We also deploy an insurance program that guarantees a minimum payout of two years’ salary in the event of an employee's death, no matter what the country of residence. Lastly, in another worldwide commitment, we ensure that maternity leave does not have a negative impact on an employee’s compensation or future career path. 

Guaranteed follow-up. A committee comprising representatives of Total and IndustriALL Global Union will meet annually to ensure that the agreement is being implemented and to identify and promote best practices.


  • We want to be recognized as a responsible employer.
  • We go beyond the requirements stipulated in national legislation and extend the highest standards as part of a process of continuous improvement through employee dialogue.

"We are very proud of this agreement. It is the most wide-ranging and progressive signed to date with a major oil company."

Jyrki Raina, General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union

To find out more:

Read the agreement at > January 22, 2015 press release