Total S.A.


Total S.A.

Total is a fossil fuel exploration company. Founded in 1924 as the Compagnie Française des Pétroles (French Petroleum Company) with the support of the French government and banks, it was renamed Total in 1985. It is the biggest shareholder and operator of the Yadana gas pipeline in Burma (now Myanmar) where the army was accused of forced labor and killing in the Tennaserim peninsula. In 2005 the company paid out €5.2 million to eight Burmese villagers who sued the company for human rights abuses. Total has also been sued by villagers in the Lake Albert region of Uganda for landgrabbing. In South America, Total has been under fire for plans to drill in the Foz do Amazonas basin of Brazil and off the coast of French Guiana.


Oil / gas exploration and production, natural gas and LNG trading and transportation, oil refining, chemicals, solar and biomass development


Top 5 Offense Groups (Groups Defined)Penalty TotalNumber of Records
competition-related offenses$398,214,0003
environment-related offenses$61,020,033112
government-contracting-related offenses$16,200,0002
financial offenses$3,600,0001
employment-related offenses$219,8562

(April 21, 2021)

Number of Records
Total Penalties
$479,458,299 (April 21, 2021)
Individual Records & Summaries
Total S.A. Violation Tracker Profile
Information in this section is drawn from the Violation Tracker database produced by the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First in Washington DC. It is the most comprehensive source of data on business violations of laws and regulations in the United States. For specific examples of misconduct, please click on the links.


Article Archive

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Videos & Podcasts
France: Striking oil workers face off with police at protest outside Total's Paris HQ
Greenpeace activists abseil into Total's AGM
France: Dunkirk farmers blockade Total fuel depot over palm oil imports
Stop ISDS - The French oil company Total is putting profits before people and nature in Uganda



Recent & Ongoing Campaigns
Campaign groups accuse Total of breaching French corporate duty law in Uganda

Reuters | June 25, 2019

French and Ugandan campaign groups including Friends of the Earth have filed a legal notification with Total, claiming it has failed to address the human and environmental impact of its Ugandan operations as required by French law.

Greenpeace protesters abseil into oil firm Total's AGM

Mark Sweney | The Guardian | June 1, 2018

More than 250 Greenpeace activists hijacked Total’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Paris to protest at the oil company’s plans to drill in the mouth of the Amazon and French Guiana.

Activists Spill Symbolic Oil at the Louvre to Protest Its Sponsorship Deal

Claire Voon | HyperAllergic | March 9, 2017

Protestors dressed in all black staged a dramatic performance at the Louvre last Sunday to pressure the museum to cut its 20-year-long ties with French multinational oil and gas company Total S.A.

Major Investigations
Oil giant Total is being sued by cities and NGOs for not fighting climate change hard enough

Francois de Beaupuy | Fortune | January 28, 2020

Oil giant Total SA is being sued by 14 local governments and a handful of non-governmental organizations in France for not doing enough to reduce its carbon emissions and fight global warming.

6 NGOs file lawsuit against Total over alleged failure to respect French Duty of Vigilance law in its operations in Uganda

Business & Human Rights Resource Center | October 24, 2019

The judges ruled in favour of Total, confirming the judgment of the first instance court which considered that this dispute fell within the jurisdiction of the commercial court. Civil society believes that this decision is contrary to the spirit of this law and harmful to its implementation.

Violations at Port Arthur refinery bring $8.75 million fine

Emily Pickrell | Houston Chronicle | September 20, 2013

Total Petrochemical will pay an $8.8 million fine for violating a 2007 air pollution settlement over emissions at its Port Arthur refinery, the Justice Department said Friday.

SEC Charges Total S.A. for Illegal Payments to Iranian Official

United States Securities and Exchange Commission | May 29, 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged France-based oil and gas company Total S.A. with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by paying $60 million in bribes to intermediaries of an Iranian government official who then exercised his influence to help the company obtain valuable contracts to develop significant oil and gas fields in Iran.

Total to pay $15 mln to settle US false claims case

Reuters | February 22, 2012

Units of French energy concern Total have agreed to pay $15 million to settle U.S. allegations that they underpaid royalties on natural gas from federal and Indian leases, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday.

Employment Practices
Total's French refinery, storage workers out on strike

Argus Media | February 3, 2021

Workers are staging 48-hour strikes at all of Total's French refineries and other downstream facilities, in protest at anticipated job losses.

Sacked Total ‘workers’ protest unfair treatment

Ben Ezeamalu | Premium Times | June 13, 2016

Several workers who worked in the security department of Total E&P Nigeria Limited on Monday protested the non-payment of their severance packages by the company.

French Oil Giant Total S.A. Still Linked To Killings and Forced Labor in Burma (Myanmar)

Earth Rights International | December 16, 2009

(Total)continues to be linked to killings and forced labor in Burma and continues to mislead policymakers, investors, and the general public about its impacts in the military-ruled country, according to the Washington DC-based nongovernmental organization Earth Rights International (ERI).


Corporate Headquarters
Most Recent Gross Revenue
$176.249 billion (2019) | source
Most Recent Net Revenue
$11.267 billion (2019) | source
Stock Exchange Tickers
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Major Projects

Total S.A. projects.


Federal Contractor Misconduct Database
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