Our commitments and progress indicators
Business ethics commitments
TotalEnergies operates in many different countries with disparate and complex economic, social and cultural environments, where governments and civil society have especially high expectations of the Group as an exemplar. Within this context, the Group strives to act as an agent for positive change in society by helping to promote ethical principles in every region where it operates.
Accordingly, TotalEnergies is committed to respecting internationally recognized human rights wherever the Group operates, especially the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fundamental Conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR).
The Group also refrains from resorting to artificial or aggressive tax planning and in particular is committed not to create subsidiaries in countries generally acknowledged as tax havens and to repatriate or liquidate existing subsidiaries, where feasible.
Lastly, the Group is fully committed to fighting corruption and has adopted a policy of zero tolerance in that area.
In addition to that commitment, it lends active support to initiatives promoting greater transparency. TotalEnergies publishes in its Registration Document an annual report covering the payments made by the Group’s extractive companies (fully consolidated entities) to governments and the full list of its consolidated entities, together with their countries of incorporation and operations. TotalEnergies is also disclosing a first report based on the new EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative) guidelines of November 2020 designed to promote transparency in the trade of raw materials. In accordance with the EITI framework, of which it has been a member since 2002, TotalEnergies advocates for the public disclose by countries of their Petroleum contracts and licenses.
In 2018, the Group introduced a worldwide employee community volunteering program called Action!, designed to give its employees the time and opportunity to do more to foster development in its host regions. Action! lets volunteer employees devote up to three workdays a year to community projects that fall within the scope of the TotalEnergies Foundation program.
As of December 31, 2020, the program had been introduced in 63 countries, and more than 9,300 projects had been carried out since the program’s launch.
Commitments and progress indicators
Whether with regard to safety, health, climate, the environment or shared growth, TotalEnergies manages its operations with the aim of working in a sustainable, active and positive manner in all of its host countries. The Group was one of the first in the industry to publish measurable improvement targets in these areas.