Total Foundation: Youth Has a Future

Created nearly 25 years ago, the Total Foundation is dedicated to helping young people become self-sufficient, and providing them with the means to find training and employment. The foundation also supports its partners so together they can build a more harmonious society. In 2015, this mission represented more than 300 projects in 58 countries that have benefited more than 1.3 million people.

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    An elementary school class finds artistic expression in a legendary space: The Paris Opera. "Ten Months of School and Opera" program

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    Health - BIRDY.
    Mother, child, nurse for better care. The BIRDY project, Senegal.

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    Marine Biodiversity.
    Robotic penquins record the songs penguins use to communicate. Antarctica.

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    With the help of Laurent and the Isanaba organization, the children of Sanaba village (Burkina Faso) received equipment for their education center.

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    Science - Cyclops.
    The “Cyclops and the world of oceans” exhibition. For discovering the ocean's biodiversity.

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Committed to the Future of our Youth

The Total Foundation's work is dedicated to camaraderie, culture and heritage, health, and marine biodiversity. Efforts are deployed on several fronts, all drawing inspiration from the future of our youth. For example? Acta Vista, which teaches heritage restoration trades to youth with limited access to employment. Sea rescuers who train 500 young lifeguards on the values of safety and solidarity every year. Concerts de poche, which brings the experience of listening to classical music, and sharing it, to rural areas. Or even the Pasteur Institute's "Birdy" project in Senegal, which brings together young researchers, doctors, and social stakeholders to better understand why babies have a resistance to antibiotics. And finally, the "Biolit Junior" program turns children into coastline monitors to support researchers.

"For us, social harmony is vital. The Foundation's loyal partners help us protect it, by providing children and young people with programs that invite them to grow, to get to know themselves better, to respect others. Learning to express themselves, to be receptive to different cultures, to respect their bodies, their environment, means giving each and every one a better chance." Catherine Ferrant, Managing Director, Total Foundation

Closer to Others

The Total Foundation, of course, resembles the Group. In the same way, it favors sustainable partnerships, supports innovation, and fosters local involvement, without excluding any of its traditional areas of focus.

"The objective of our association is to lead youth towards employment by focusing on careers in digital. Goodwill is the word I would use to best describe our relationship with the Total Foundation. A climate of goodwill that has allowed us to develop our actions." Frédéric Bardeau,

The reason 86% of the initiatives with which we are associated are founded on long-term partnerships is because we believe that they need time. Time to explore, make mistakes, learn new approaches, understand, strengthen… And so we are pleased to be an early supporter of the "La France s’engage" program, which supports the development of innovative projects dedicated to social unity. Alongside government authorities, our Group will have invested €60 million between 2009 and 2016 as part of an unprecedented public-private partnership.

While a French company's foundation status would normally call for involvement primarily in France, our activities have actually led us around the globe, in the regions, cities, and even villages where our Group and its collaborators are present. Our projects are carried out in more than 60 countries, from Niger (the Pasteur Institute's work on infant health), to Myanmar (the Palais de Tokyo's “Emerging Talent in Emerging Economies” cultural project) or Indonesia (Lengguru, in support of biodiversity in West Papua).

Ambassadors Around the World

Since 2006, the Total Foundation has been able to broaden its scope through the efforts of the Group and its partners.. No matter where they are in the world, our foundation encourages and supports their community initiatives through the "You act, we help!" program. Every year, around fifty new charity projects are identified and financed across the globe with the help of the personal involvement of the men and women at Total.

This is the case, for example, with Hervé, a Total collaborator and volunteer with the Enfance Partenariat Vietnam organization, to whom we have provided the means to equip the isolated village of Ta-Phin with solar-powered lighting. This way, life and economic activity do not end when daylight does.

It is also the case with Christophe, a Total collaborator and volunteer with the Audition et solidarité organization, whose project received support to provide 200 deaf and hearing-impaired children in Guinea with hearing aids.

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