TotalEnergies S.E.

Profile

Summary

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 land grabbing. In 2018, the company was denied drilling permits in Brazil's sensitive Foz do Amazonas basin.
 

Products

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

Violations

Top 5 Offense Groups (Groups Defined)Penalty TotalNumber of Records
competition-related offenses$398,200,0002
environment-related offenses$61,379,414114
government-contracting-related offenses$15,000,0001
financial offenses$3,600,0001
safety-related offenses$264,00018

 (September 30, 2022)

Number of Records
139
Total Penalties
$478,668,270 (September 2022)
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.

Stories

Article Archive

Court orders 42 Ugandan families evicted to make way for oil project

Published by
The East African
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By
Julius Barigaba
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Forty-two families in Uganda’s oil-belt are staring at displacement after a court ordered that the households be evicted from their land before compensation to make way for Tilenga Project – the country’s biggest upstream development that is operated by French energy giant TotalEnergies – which w

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Green groups target TotalEnergies over Tanzania, Uganda projects

Published by
RFI
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Nanterre (France) (AFP) – Four environmental groups have taken legal action against French giant TotalEnergies on claims of "climaticide" over a controversial oil project in Tanzania and Uganda, their lawyers said Monday.

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Videos & Podcasts
Protests rock Total Energies AGM in Paris
Protesters denounce TotalEnergies' stake in Russia
Activists condemn TotalEnergies Uganda oil pipeline project

 

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

 

Other Key Sources
  • Business and Human Rights Resource Centre's profile on TotalEnergies - UK-based Business and Human Rights Resource Centre is an NGO that employs researchers on five continents who work with activists, companies and governments alike to advance human rights in business by eradicating abuse.
  • Mirador's profile on TotalEnergies - Mirador is a project of the France-based NGO Research Group for an Alternative Economic Strategy (GRESEA), which monitors abuse carried out by the largest multinational corporations in France and the world.

Activism

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
& Lawsuits
Environmental groups sue TotalEnergies over climate marketing claims

Simon Jessop, Gloria Dickie & Benjamin Mallet | Reuters | March 2, 2021

A group of environmental organisations has filed a lawsuit in France against the country's largest energy company TotalEnergies, accusing it of misleading consumers about its efforts to fight climate change.

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.

Total settles U.S. bribe probe for $398 million; CEO may be tried

Muriel Boselli & Jonathan Stempel | Reuters | May 29, 2013

Total SA TOTF.PA agreed to pay $398.2 million to settle U.S. criminal and civil allegations that it paid bribes to win oil and gas contracts in Iran, and a French prosecutor has recommended that the company and its chief executive be brought to trial in its home country.

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.


 
Environmental Impacts
Early warnings and emerging accountability: Total’s responses to global warming, 1971–2021

Christophe Bonneuil, Pierre-Louis Choquet, & Benjamin Franta | Science Direct | November 2021

We show that Total personnel received warnings of the potential for catastrophic global warming from its products by 1971, became more fully informed of the issue in the 1980s, began promoting doubt regarding the scientific basis for global warming by the late 1980s, and ultimately settled on a position in the late 1990s of publicly accepting climate science while promoting policy delay or policies peripheral to fossil fuel control.

Six Texas Oil Refineries Are Among the Nation’s Worst Benzene Polluters, Data Shows

Christopher Collins | Texas Observer | February 6, 2020

The 367-mile Texas Gulf Coast now holds an unenviable honor: It is home to six of the nation’s most prolific polluters of benzene, an invisible, deadly gas that elevates cancer rates.


Employment Practices
& Relations
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).


Financials

Corporate Headquarters
2 PLACE JEAN MILLIER, LA DEFENSE 6, COURBEVOIE I0 92400
Most Recent Gross Revenue
$238.763 billion (2022) | source
Most Recent Net Revenue
$21.118 billion (2022) | source
Stock Exchange Tickers
NYSE: TOT
Subsidiaries

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Major Shareholders

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Political Influence

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Subsidy Tracker
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Major Projects
TotalEnergies to hike LNG production in US

Reuters | April 11, 2022

TotalEnergies said on Monday it would step up its liquefied natural gas activities in the United States by expanding production at the Cameron site in Louisiana.

TotalEnergies and Iraq agree to a $27bn deal

The Economist | September 11, 2021

BEING AN OIL-INDUSTRY boss is an exercise in displeasing all sides. Pumping hydrocarbons out of the ground is lucrative, but angers environmentalists—including those sitting in boardrooms and governments. Renewables and other green projects are more palatable, but often fail to woo investors.

Total oil project hurts 'tens of thousands' in rural Uganda: watchdog NGOs

France 24 | October 20, 2020

Tens of thousands of Ugandan farmers have lost access to their fields to make way for a major oil project launched by French oil giant Total, which has paid no compensation for the fallout from its new pipeline plan, two environmental watchdogs said Tuesday.

Total to pay $2.9 million, upgrade Port Arthur refinery

Nick Snow | Oil & Gas Journal | May 2, 2007

Total Petrochemicals USA Inc. agreed to pay $2.9 million in fines and upgrade pollution controls at its 240,000 b/d Port Arthur, Tex., refinery to settle federal charges that it violated the Clean Air Act, the US Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said May 1.


Procurement

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database
Total S.A. FCMD Profile
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