Indicator selection and relevance

The data published in the Registration Document are intended to inform stakeholders about TOTAL’s Corporate Social Responsibility performance for the year in question. The environmental indicators include Group performance indicators in line with the IPIECA reporting guidance, updated in 2010. The indicators have been selected in order to monitor:

  • TOTAL’s commitments and policies, and their effects in the safety, environment, social, etc., domains;
  • performance relative to TOTAL’s main challenges and impacts; and
  • information required by legislative and regulatory obligations (Article L. 225-102-1 of the French Commercial Law).

Terminology used in social reporting

Outside of France, management staff refers to any employee whose job level is the equivalent of 300 or more Hay points. Permanent contracts correspond to contrats à durée indéterminée (CDI) and fixed-term contracts to contrats à durée déterminée (CDD), according to the terminology used in the Group’s social reporting.

Managed scope: all subsidiaries in which one or more Group companies own a stake of 50% or more, i.e., 496 companies in 125 countries as of December 31, 2014.

Consolidated scope: all companies fully consolidated by the global integration method, i.e., 350 companies having employees in 104 countries as of December 31, 2014.

Employees present: employees present are employees on the payroll of the consolidated scope, less employees who are not present, i.e., persons who are under suspended contract (sabbatical, business development leave, etc.), absent on long-term sick leave (more than six months), assigned to a company outside the Group, etc.


The methods may be adjusted to reflect the diversity of TOTAL’s activities, recent integration of subsidiaries, lack of regulations or standardized international definitions, practical procedures for collecting data, or changes in methods.

Consolidation and internal controls

Environmental, social and industrial safety data are consolidated and checked by each business unit and business segment, and then at Group level. Data pertaining to certain specific indicators are calculated directly by the business segments. These processes
undergo regular internal audits.

External verification

Since 2011, the verification scope covers the forty-two quantitative and / or qualitative information categories as stated by Article R. 225-105-1 of the French Commercial Law. The external verification is performed at Group and business levels, as well as in a sample of business units in and outside France, selected each year in line with their relative contribution to the Group totals, previous years’ results and a risk analysis. The auditor’s independence is defined by regulations and the professions’ Rules of Professional Conduct and / or an impartiality Committee.

Since 2005, the Group has its main environmental and social performance indicators externally verified. The units with the largest workforces and that contribute significantly to environmental indicators have been audited several times since this verification process has been implemented.