Equal opportunity

TOTAL is an international Group in terms of both its operations and its team members. The diversity of its employees and management is crucial to its competitiveness, its innovative capacity, its attractiveness and its acceptability.

For this reason, TOTAL develops its employees’ skills and careers and prohibits any discrimination related to origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age or affiliation with a political, labor or religious organization.Social and environmental information

In addition to non-discrimination and respect for differences, the Group promotes proactive behaviors that enable everyone to feel welcome as well as an integral part of the Company.

This diversity entails a commitment at the ground level along with leadership at the highest level. Each entity is responsible for defining its own areas of focus based on the legal context and its requirements. Two areas are managed at the global level:

  • gender diversity: offering women and men the same career opportunities;
  • nationalities: offering all employees the same career opportunities regardless of their nationality.

Since 2004, the Group’s Diversity Council, chaired by a member of the Executive Committee, has overseen activities with a view to increasing the number of women employees, local employees and international employees up to the highest levels of management.

To this end, indicators and quantified goals are in place. The Group’s target for 2020 is to have women represent 25% (they were 5% in 2004 and 17.6% in 2014) and non-French nationals 40% (they were 19% in 2004 and 27.2% in 2014) of the senior executives.

Equal treatment for men and women

In addition to the various collective agreements embodying its commitment to equal treatment of men and women, TOTAL signed in 2010 the Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business (unglobalcompact.org), set out by the United Nations Global Compact.

The Group intends to further foster gender diversity in all the Group’s professions and enable women to gain access to all levels of responsibility on equal terms with their male counterparts. In this regard, the Diversity Council monitors the following indicators:

Table : % of women

TOTAL also participates in the BoardWomen Partners program, which aims to significantly increase the proportion of women on Boards of Directors in large European companies. Following the 2014 Shareholders’ Meeting, women accounted for 38.5% of TOTAL S.A.’s Board members, compared with 33% at year-end 2013. Refer to point "Composition of the Board of Directors" of Chapter "Corporate governance" for more details.

The Group also shows its commitment through agreements or provisions relating to access to employment, maternity and paternity leave, child care facilities, working conditions, balancing work and family responsibilities (agreement on teleworking signed in 2013) and managing dual careers.

In addition, the Group offers women the opportunity to share and discuss through TWICE (Total Women’s Initiative for Communication and Exchange), created in 2006. The aim of this network is to promote career development for women and train and educate men and women about gender equality, in line with TOTAL’s gender diversity strategy. This initiative is currently in place in France and around the world (Angola, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, China, Gabon, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and the United States) and has over 3,400 members. TWICE offers a mentoring program that supports women in their professional development by helping them better negotiate the key phases of their career, deepen their self-exploration and expand their network. This program is currently deployed internationally with 113 mentee / mentor pairs for the 2014 campaign.

Internationalization of management

With employees representing over 140 nationalities, TOTAL enjoys broad cultural diversity, and strives to reflect this at all levels of the Company and across all business segments.

The Group’s companies recruit for diverse activities and professions usually with a large technical component, and strive to prioritize local recruitment.

In 2014, 76% of managers recruited were of non-French nationality, representing close to ninety different nationalities. Several measures have been put in place to internationalize management, including harmonizing Human Resources practices (for example with regard to hiring and annual appraisals), increasing the number of foreign postings for employees of all nationalities, and integration and development training organized by large regional hubs (Houston, Johannesburg, Singapore, etc.).

Table : % of non-French

Measures promoting the employment and integration of people with disabilities

For over twenty years, TOTAL has set out its disability policy in France through successive agreements signed with employee representatives to promote the employment of workers with disabilities.

While promoting the direct recruitment of disabled people and cooperation with the sector for disabled workers, TOTAL also takes various types of action:

  • in-house: integration, professional training, job retention, communication, awareness sessions organized for managers and teams, Human Resources managers, etc.;
  • externally: cooperation with recruitment agencies, information and advertising aimed at students, attendance at specialized recruitment forums, etc.

In continuation of the work already undertaken, three new framework agreements, signed for three years (2013-2015) with the French representative unions, set out TOTAL’s policy in France with regard to integrating people with disabilities into the work world. In 2014, the average employment rate was 4.27% (direct and indirect employment).

Measures promoting non-discrimination and diversity

In addition to basing its recruitment policy on the principle of non-discrimination, TOTAL is involved in a number of initiatives to promote diversity. In France, the Group is in particular a partner in the action taken by Institut Mécénat-Solidarité (IMS)-Entreprendre pour la Cité, with a view to facilitating the integration of young graduates into the workplace.

The TOTAL Foundation also works alongside several associations that help young graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds to find jobs or support them in further education.

In 2014, the Group also signed the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Charter. This document, prepared by the L’Autre Cercle association, establishes a framework for combating discrimination related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace in France.

(1) JL: the level of the job position according to the Hay method. The Hay method is a unique reference framework used to classify and assess jobs. JL10 corresponds to junior managers.