We’ve set ambitious sustainability targets and have made great progress. We’re ranked among the top fast-moving consumer goods companies in terms of our environmental footprint, starting from the way we source tobacco leaf to how we manufacture and distribute cigarettes. We have gained the recognition of stakeholders for the tangible progress in tackling complex socio-economic challenges in tobacco growing communities.
But that’s not all. We’re now putting our core product at the center of our sustainability efforts by doing something dramatic – replacing cigarettes with less harmful alternatives to smoking – to one day eliminate the harm caused by smoking cigarettes. Our sustainability efforts touch on every aspect of our value chain – from the farmers who grow tobacco right through to the 150 million consumers who choose our products.
We invite you to read more about the scope and scale of our sustainability programs and our commitment to a smoke-free world in the United Nations Global Compact Communication on Progress.
We don’t own the tobacco farms that supply our tobacco leaf each year, but the farmers who run them are a crucial part of our economic, environmental, and social footprint. We’re working directly with them and our suppliers to promote sustainable farming.
That’s why we’ve developed a comprehensive program called Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Through GAP, we’re striving to improve the lives of 2.5 million people who rely on farm work.
In a world with a changing climate, respecting the environment is something all our employees and partners can get behind. We buy 400,000 metric tons of tobacco annually and operate 48 production facilities, and we have to be mindful of our impact on the environment. Minimizing this impact is a top priority for us through carbon-footprint
and water-use reduction, waste minimization, energy efficiency, and logistics optimization. We also work to understand and adapt to the potential business impact of environmental threats, such as climate change and water scarcity.
Our policies and programs in areas such as product development and marketing, workplace integrity, and supply chain, have long been addressing a wide range of labor rights and human rights.
We’re now embarking on a more systematic, rights-based approach in accordance with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
It’s not just luxury goods that are counterfeited or smuggled and sold illegally. In fact, cigarettes are among the most illegally trafficked goods in the world. We’re working with public and
private partners worldwide to tackle the illegal trade in cigarettes, which has serious consequences for global economies, communities, and businesses, including ours.
Giving back creates shared value that benefits the communities around the world where we operate. Our goals are twofold: help empower local communities and tackle global problems.
What we do at the community level depends on local needs. The programs we support include access to quality education or vocational training,
income-generation initiatives, and the promotion of women’s leadership roles in society. We also help address natural or man-made disasters and other emergencies. At the global level, we’re working with strategic partners to fight human trafficking, protect migrant workers, and generate economic opportunity for women.