Total's response re: attack on a defender in Equatorial Guinea
Thank you for bringing to our attention the article published par Publish What You Pay on 5th November 2018 regarding this case in Equatorial Guinea.
As you may know, Equatorial Guinea is in the very first stage of preparing its candidacy for consideration of its compliance with the EITI Standard, which includes the capacity of the State to maintain a context permitting the proper participation of civil society.
Total is a board member of the EITI since 2002, and actively promotes transparency and respect for human rights and stakeholders where we operate.
Publish What You Pay and Total each have appointed EITI board members who have access to the EITI. It is open to those representatives to raise this issue with the EITI Secretariat.
From our company’s perspective, compliance with EITI Standards are integrated into our activities, Total continues to develop its business activities worldwide as a responsible member of the communities that we serve.
At Total Group level, in April 2018, Total issued its second Human Rights Briefing Paper based on the United Nations Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, where we provide an overview of our progress, challenges and continuing efforts in our journey to further embed respect for human rights and to address salient human rights issues relating to our business activities. This report is available at: https://www.sustainable-performance.total.com/sites/shared/sustainable/files/atoms/files/total_-