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Total's response re InfluenceMap report claiming misleading climate-related branding & lobbying
Author: Total, Published on: 10 May 2019
Our strategy, which encompasses investments not only in the oil business but also in natural gas and low carbon electricity businesses, involves gradually decreasing the carbon intensity of of the energy products used by our customers... we are fully committed to contribute to supply to as many people as possible a more affordable, more available and cleaner energy while responding to growing consumer energy demand and in particular for electricity and contributing to tackle the climate challenge... We are moreover committed to providing robust reporting on issues relating to climate change. Thus, we decided... to voluntarily publish each year a dedicated report on the integration of climate challenges into the Group’s strategy... With respect to corporate lobbying regarding climate change, we have taken note of Influence Map’s report... we believe the conclusions of that report are not accurate... [Total is] involved in multiple international initiatives... In January 2016, Total published a Lobbying Ethics Charter which requires all entities of the Group to comply with our Code of Conduct in carrying out any lobbying activities and states in particular that such entities will convey messages that are consistent with our stated positions and strategies... In relation to professional associations, we are members of many national and international trade associations, whose names are public... Our participation in professional organisations does not prevent us from speaking up and communicating our own position, where this differs from that of the associations from which we are members... We are undertaking in 2019 a review of Total’s participation in the main professional associations to assess whether their public policy statements on climate are in line with Total’s positions...
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