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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).