As a major energy player, Total must contribute to the development of our host countries. Beyond our contractual obligations, we ensure that our operations create value and opportunities by supporting employment, training and the local industrial fabric.
A global and integrated approach to local economic development
Our ambition is to act and be recognized as a sustainable partner in the social and economic development of the communities and territories where we operate. To meet this ambition, we have created a global and integrated approach to local economic development called Value in country. The approach is based on dialogue with our stakeholders and enables us to establish development priorities together and create long-term synergies.
Our local economic development policy revolves around three main axes:
- Training and hiring of local staff.
- Purchase of local goods and services.
- Infrastructure development.
Driven by this ambition, we strengthen the local socio-economic fabric, promote the development of industrial capacities and facilitate the transfer of skills.
Encouraging entrepreneurship and SMEs
Contributing to local economic development also means empower the communities around us to shape and manage their development independently and according to their own priorities.
This is why we focus our efforts on the development of the industrial base and SMEs:
- In France, TotalEnergies Direction France offers support to French entrepreneurs. Between 2019 and 2021, we granted €16 million in interest-free loans to 423 beneficiaries to create or maintain nearly 11,000 jobs.
- Internationally, we support entrepreneurs in the creation or development of their business plan through coaching and microcredit programs.
Contribute to strengthening local labor markets with a focus on just transition
As a responsible company and as part of our desire to operate a just transition, we anticipate our own industrial transformations and their impacts. When one of our sites needs to be transformed to adapt to the market or to our carbon neutrality strategy, the France TotalEnergies Department supports partner companies to preserve local jobs and supports projects aimed at creating new industrial facilities, thus contributing to strengthen the economic and industrial fabric of the local job market in line with our fair transition policy.
TotalEnergies Direction France works in close collaboration with other local economic players, in particular economic development organizations and chambers of commerce and industry.