Peter Herbel is the co-founder of Herbel Avocats and, until 2014, the former General Counsel of Total S.A., a Fortune 50 company and the 5th largest listed oil company in the world.
Peter is regarded by his peers as a pioneer in the integration of human rights in business. As leader of Total's legal department, Peter understood early-on that social and human rights concerns heavily weighed in, not only as a risk management, but also as an opportunity management issue. Based on an analysis of regulations, markets and stakeholder expectations, he and his CSR team conceived of practical actions, including CSR and ethics audit tools, vis-à-vis those impacted by Total's operations in various countries, such as employees, clients, suppliers, and local communities. They also elaborated responses to the increasing demands of financial institutions, as well as to the requests of civil society, aiming at positively positioning Total. Over a short period of time, Peter succeeded in making CSR and human rights a strategic axis at Total, helping secure business and resulting in new opportunities.
Peter is fluent in English, French and German.