Table of contents :
- Identification and assessment of main challenges and risks
- Health and safety for everyone challenges
- Climate change-related challenges
- Environmental challenges
- Social challenges
- Human rights challenges
- Challenges related to fighting corruption and tax evasion
- Challenges related to value creation for host regions
- Supply chain challenges
- Consolidated statement of non-financial performance
TotalEnergies is present in more than 130 countries. The nature of its activities and its geographical footprint in sometimes complex environments place the Company at the junction of a range of society’s concerns relating to people, the environment and business ethics. TotalEnergies places sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its strategy, its projects and operations in order to contribute to the well-being of the population.
TotalEnergies employs a continuous process of identifying and mapping risks in order to develop sector-specific policies that reflect the desired level of control. The Company manages its activities through internal management systems implemented at the different levels of the Company.
In doing so, the Company performs regular assessments, following a variety of procedures, of the risks and impacts linked to its activities on the social field, on people’s health and safety, on the environment, climate, human rights and business ethics, as well as on its supply chain.
- The risks and challenges relating to health, safety and the environment are identified as part of a dynamic process that draws in particular on lessons learned, which are included in the HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) reference framework known as One MAESTRO (Management and Expectations Standards Toward Robust Operations).
- The identification of climate-related risks and challenges is carried out by the Sustainability & Climate division.
- The Human resources division is responsible for identifying risks and challenges related to the workforce.
- In terms of human rights, TotalEnergies relies in particular on the U.N. Guiding Principles on Human Rights to identify its salient risks.
- In terms of purchasing, a mapping of the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) risks has been drawn up and regularly updated since 2012.
In conjunction with these risk identification processes, a dialogue based on stakeholders’ involvement and participation is implemented in order to develop constructive and transparent relationships with them and to identify the main challenges and expectations and contribute to their evaluation and prioritization.
These assessments are generally carried out:
- prior to investment, acquisitions and divestitures decisions on the Company’s industrial projects (evaluation by the Risk Committee of safety and security studies, impact assessments, particularly environmental and societal, and evaluation of consistency with the Company’s climate strategy, prior to review by the Executive Committee);
- during operations;
- prior to placing new substances on the market (toxicological and ecotoxicological studies, life cycle analyses).
These assessments incorporate the regulatory requirements of the countries where the Company operates and generally accepted professional practices. In addition, internal control systems are structured and regularly adjusted to align with the specific nature of the strategic areas and orientations set by the Board of Directors and General Management.
TotalEnergies has therefore identified the main risks and challenges linked to its activities. As part of its statement of non-financial performance, these are listed in the introduction to the sections relating to social information, health, safety, the environment, climate, human rights, the fight against corruption and tax evasion, societal policy and relations with contractors and suppliers.
For each of the challenges identified, the Company has deployed policies and operational actions with quantitative and qualitative objectives aimed at minimizing negative impacts and maximizing positive impacts of its operations from an economic, social and environmental perspective.
TotalEnergies has therefore identified the main risks and challenges linked to its activities. As part of its statement of non-financial performance, these are listed in the introduction to the sections relating to:
- health and safety;
- climate change;
- the environment;
- human rights;
- the fight against corruption and tax evasion;
- societal approach;
- relations with contractors and suppliers.
It is around safety, TotalEnergies’ value, in accordance with the strictest standards and with regard to health that the operational measures and indicators used to manage the Company’s activities are based.
The activities of TotalEnergies involve health and safety risks for its employees, contractors, and residents in the vicinity of its industrial sites. Furthermore, certain products marketed by TotalEnergies may present risks for the health and safety of consumers.
In this context, TotalEnergies has therefore identified its main health and safety risks:
- risk of industrial accident;
- risk of workplace accident;
- risk of transport accident;
- risk of damage to health at the workplace;
- risk of damage to the health and safety of consumers.
The risks and challenges relating to people’s health and safety are identified as part of a dynamic process that draws in particular on lessons learned, which are included in the HSE reference framework known as One MAESTRO (Management and Expectations Standards Toward Robust Operations).
TotalEnergies supports the objectives of the Paris Agreement, which calls for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the context of sustainable development and eradicating poverty, and which aims to hold the increase in the planet’s average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels. To achieve these targets, the world’s energy systems need to be transformed. This dual challenge consisting of providing more energy to as many people as possible with less GHG emissions concerns society as a whole, with governments, investors, companies and consumers all playing an important role.
The risks and opportunities related to climate change are analyzed according to different timescales: short term (two years), medium term (until 2030) and long term (beyond 2030).
The identification and the impact of climate-related risks form an integral part of TotalEnergies’s global risk management processes. In particular, they cover:
- the risks related to transition including those due to regulatory changes, such as the introduction of carbon taxes,
- the physical risks due to the effects of climate change.
The impact of these risks is analyzed for the Company’s assets and for investment projects (refer to point 3.1.1 of Universal Registration Document 2021).
To achieve carbon neutrality, the energy mix will need to change and in view of this, climate change also provides TotalEnergies with opportunities.
- In the coming decades, demand for electricity will grow faster than the global demand for energy(1), and the contribution of renewables and gas to the production of electricity will therefore play an essential role in the fight against climate change.
- Electricity alone will not be sufficient to meet all needs, particularly those connected to transportation. Gas and sustainable biofuels(2) will be attractive and credible alternatives to conventional fuels
- Helping customers improve their energy efficiency also offers opportunities and forms part of a trend that will be accelerated by digital technology.
- In addition, ecosystems, and forests in particular, store carbon naturally. Consequently, their conservation and the restoration of their role as carbon sinks are crucially important in the fight against global warming.
- Finally, certain sectors, such as cement and steel, could struggle to reduce their GHG emissions. They will therefore require carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology.
(1) IEA, World Energy Outlook 2021.
(2) According to the sustainability and GHG gas reduction criteria defined in Article 29 of Directive (EU) 2018/2001 of 11 December 2018 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.
TotalEnergies’ activities incur risks for the environment, for which the Company has developed a structured management policy.
In this context, TotalEnergies has identified its main environmental risks:
- risk of accidental pollution;
- environmental risks that would arise in the event of a liquid, gas or solid discharge or unsustainable use of natural resources;
- risk of damage to biodiversity and ecosystems during projects and operations, especially those located in sensitive natural environments;
- environmental risks associated with the production of final waste.
The risks and challenges relating to the environment are identified as part of a dynamic process that draws on the Company’s expertise and lessons learned, which are incorporated in the HSE reference framework known as One MAESTRO (Management and Expectations Standards Toward Robust Operations).
Insofar as a company is first and foremost a people-driven adventure, the ambition of the Company depends primarily on the women and men who work at TotalEnergies, both now and in the future.
TotalEnergies has identified its main risks and challenges concerning human resources development:
- attracting and retaining talent based on the key skills sought by the Company, while abiding by the principle of non-discrimination and equal opportunity;
- maintaining employees’ long-term employability by helping them acquire skills in order to keep up with changing careers and technology to achieve a just transition;
- ensuring a high level of commitment based on respect for each other, an inclusive corporate culture and improved quality of life at work.
The main challenges associated with the effects of TotalEnergies’ activities in terms of respect for human rights have been identified using the methodology set out in the United Nations Guiding Principles on business and human rights (UNGP) Reporting Framework relating to the “salient issues”, that is to say, the human rights at risk of the most severe negative impact through the Company’s activities or business relationships.
On this basis, TotalEnergies identified six salient risks subdivided across three key areas:
- human rights in the workplace of TotalEnergies’ employees as well as of the employees of its suppliers and other business partners:
- forced labor and child labor;
- just and favorable conditions of work and safety.
- human rights and local communities:
- access to land;
- the right to health and an adequate standard of living.
- respect for human rights in security-related activities:
- the risk of misuse of force.
TotalEnergies is a major player in the energy sector, where public authorities regularly play a role and where the amounts invested may be very high. In addition, the Company is present in more than 130 countries, some of which have a high perceived level of corruption according to the index drawn up by Transparency International. Aware that it is highly exposed to the risk of corruption, TotalEnergies applies a principle of zero tolerance.
Fighting tax evasion
With a presence in more than 130 countries through 1,140 consolidated entities, TotalEnergies carries out its operations in a constantly changing environment and is subject to an increasingly complex set of tax regulations, which may be in conflict when combined or subject to varying interpretations, thus giving rise to potential tax risk.
In this context, TotalEnergies has developed a responsible tax approach based on clear principles of action and rigorous governance rules as set out in its tax policy statement, which was released in 2014 and is available to the public.
Based on the values and principles formally set out in its Code of Conduct and Safety Health Environment Quality Charter, TotalEnergies strives to be an agent of positive change for society, and to contribute to its development through its societal actions.
At a national level, the Company’s activities generate value for the countries where it operates, and TotalEnergies intends to contribute to the development of economic opportunities for its host regions and communities. At a local level, the Company’s activities can be a source of opportunities for the people, but may also have an impact on the living conditions of local communities and residents. Furthermore, in order to address society’s global challenges, the Company is committed to the public interest.
Within this context, the Company has identified its main risks and opportunities with regards to creating and sharing value:
- fostering the economic development of the host regions;
- managing societal challenges related to the Company’s activities;
- engaging in citizenship initiatives.
TotalEnergies’ activities generate hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs worldwide. Present in more than 130 countries, the Company works with a network of over 100,000 suppliers of goods and services.
In terms of social and environmental responsibility, the activities of the Company's subcontractors and suppliers are likely to present the same risks as those associated with TotalEnergies' activities. The main risks relate basically to human rights in the workplace (forced labor, child labor, discrimination, decent working conditions), health and safety and security, corruption, fraud, environment including climate, biodiversity, circular economy and responsible use of natural resources (water, forests).
The Company attaches particular importance to working with sustainable suppliers who respect both human rights and the environment, throughout its value chain.
Chapter 5 of this Universal Registration Document constitutes the consolidated statement of non-financial performance as per Articles L. 22-10-36 and L. 225-102-1 of the French Commercial Code and discloses how the Corporation and the entities included in the scope of consolidation, in accordance with Article L. 233-16 of the French Commercial Code, take into account the social and environmental consequences of their activities, as well as the effects of those activities with regard to respect for human rights and fighting corruption and tax evasion.
Pursuant to the aforementioned Articles, this statement also includes information about the impact on climate change of the Corporation’s activity and the use of the goods and services that it produces; its societal commitments in order to promote sustainable development and the circular economy; the collective agreements in place within the Corporation and their impact on the Corporation’s financial performance as well as on employees’ working conditions; actions aimed at fighting discrimination and promoting diversity; and the measures taken on behalf of people with disabilities(3).
(3) TotalEnergies has not made any specific societal commitments to prevent food waste and food poverty or to promote animal welfare and responsible, fair and sustainable food, as these are not significant issues in view of the nature of the Company’s activities.