We purchase in excess of 400,000 metric tons of tobacco leaf each year from suppliers and farmers in more than 30 countries. We are committed to promoting good agricultural practices that support the sustainability of crops and help the communities and environment where our tobacco is grown to thrive.
To put this commitment into practice we have developed a Good Agricultural Practices program (GAP). The GAP program has six main initiatives:
- Agricultural Labor Practices: Progressively eliminating child labor, other labor abuses and achieving safe and fair working conditions on all farms from which we source tobacco.
- Variety Management and Integrity: Ensuring the seed varieties used in our products are from a certified source; have been screened for low conversion of nicotine to nornicotine; and are compliant with all appropriate regulations and legislation.
- Crop Management: Developing sustainable farming techniques to conserve soil and water resources and reduce the environmental impact of tobacco production, while helping farmers improve productivity and quality.
- Integrated Pest Management: Protecting crops from pest infestation through good planning and prevention activity.
- Environmental Sustainability: Preserving forests, protecting farmland and conserving resources in tobacco growing communities.
- Product Integrity: Monitoring and assessment processes to ensure the quality of the tobacco we source.
The GAP program enables us to continually assess our suppliers’ farming processes and identify opportunities for ongoing improvement. Developed in partnership with tobacco farmers, leaf companies, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and universities, we have made it a standard requirement that all of our suppliers commit to implementing GAP into their operations.
To find out more about each initiative click the boxes or links above