TOTAL’s societal approach
Wherever the Group operates, and in line with the values and principles set out in its Code of Conduct and Safety Health Environment and Quality Charter, TOTAL places its commitment to community development at the heart of its corporate responsibility in order to create value that is shared with those living near its facilities, its suppliers and its employees.
Formalized in 2011 and accompanied by a directive intended to facilitate its practical implementation within the Group, the societal policy is one of the cornerstones underpinning TOTAL’s commitment to meeting the challenges of sustainable development. The societal policy and directive apply to all Group entities and subsidiaries in compliance with their own decision-making process. This approach, which is deployed in direct relation with operations, encompasses the actions taken to improve the Group’s integration into the countries where it operates. Openness, dialogue and engagement are essential for developing constructive and transparent relations with all stakeholders.
To better monitor the societal initiative as a whole, and in line with the strategic priorities as defined by the Group societal policy, societal reporting tools make it possible to both survey the whole range of societal actions conducted locally by the operational divisions and to assess the extent to which the societal directive is implemented within the Group.
This annual reporting aims to improve the assessment of the efforts made by the Group in this field. As of 2013, eight indicators of societal performance, defined on the basis of the societal policy, have enabled a more accurate analysis of the societal approach of the subsidiaries and sites and served as a tool to monitor the Group’s societal actions. These indicators measure the quality of social dialogue with stakeholders, the management of the impact of the Group’s activities, economic and social development projects
and access to energy.
The Group’s expertise is based on the continuous professionalization of its societal development engineers. Tools such as structuring projects, setting goals and monitoring and assessment indicators have enabled TOTAL to progress from an aid-giving approach to one in which communities take charge of their own development. In Exploration & Production, more than 400 people are involved in the societal area (including experts under contract), with over 360 involved on a full-time basis.
Several documents have been created to formalize the societal methodology at TOTAL: guide to local dialogue, guide to local content, practical guide to local development projects, the Exploration & Production societal guide and manual.
This organization is completed by the presence of a Head Office representative who is fully dedicated to relations with NGOs.