LGBTQIA+ Inclusion: Real and Tangible Action Worldwide from TotalEnergies


By promoting inclusion, we are putting our values of Respect for Each Other and Standing Together into practice. In addition to our efforts to raise awareness, which are essential for fostering an ever more inclusive culture, we are taking specific measures to create a conducive working environment for everyone. Since 2023, we have pursued a gender-neutral definition of the family, which marks a further step towards the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people within the Company.

At TotalEnergies, the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people is not a taboo subject. It is one of the many areas that contribute to our inclusive culture. Like all other forms of discrimination, the principle of non-discrimination against LGBTQIA+ employees is enshrined in TotalEnergies’ Code of Conduct, the reference document that guides our actions. It is also reflected in our HR policies, which are designed and adapted to be inclusive and non-discriminatory.

An inclusive parenting policy to give all our employees the opportunity to look after their families

Some of the issues that we are addressing include the rights of LGBTQIA+ employee-parents. In an effort to take account of the diversity of existing family structures, we revised our global parenting policy in 2023 to adopt a gender-neutral definition of the family. For example, our parenting policy now uses the terms “first parent” and “second parent” (instead of “mother” and “father”). At TotalEnergies around the world, gender is no longer used to determine the length of leave for the arrival of a new baby in the home.

In practice, this policy gives every employee, irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation or family composition, the opportunity to look after their family. In the event of a pregnancy or adoption, it guarantees a minimum of 14 weeks of childcare leave for the first parent and two weeks for the second parent. When returning from childcare leave, the first parent is granted an increase equal to the average of individual increases received over the last three years.

of TotalEnergies’ companies have amended their practices to reflect this gender-neutral definition of the family*

* At the end of 2023, excluding Hutchinson.

Preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity: our commitments and awareness-raising initiatives

In 2014, we were one of the first French companies to sign the LGBT+ commitment charter created by the organization L’Autre Cercle. In June 2023, we signed the charter for the second time to reaffirm our commitment to creating an inclusive environment for LGBT+ employees.

Another highlight was the organization of a round table on the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ employees in the workplace, with representatives from other companies. The aim was to share best practices and promote discussion on the subject within the Company in order to prevent all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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