Many may believe that a tobacco company shouldn’t even talk about human rights. However, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Human Rights (UNGP) recognize that businesses do have a role to play. We are no exception, nor do we want to be one. This would be ethically unacceptable to us and incompatible with our core values.
We acknowledge that smoking is addictive and causes serious disease. But at a fundamental level, what about the men and women around the world who continue to smoke our cigarettes?
Today, we can offer to all smokers a range of smoke-free products that are a better choice. And we’ve made it our core business strategy to replace cigarettes as quickly as possible with smoke-free alternatives. As we transform our company, our responsibility to respect human rights, however, remains the same.
From the tobacco leaves in the fields all the way to packs for sale to consumers, we follow extensive regulatory controls, including many that are specific to our business. But central to our business model is respect for principles more fundamental than those in statutes and regulations. We continuously strive to improve our practices with respect for rights holders, the consumers, for our colleagues, workers in for our supply chain, and for the communities where we are present.
We invite you to read our PMI Human Rights Commitment and our Human Rights Roadmap, a document which sets out the key actions we plan to take across our business and value chain at PMI to ensure we deliver against our Commitment.
people living or working on farms that supply tobacco to PMI
employees of diverse backgrounds who come from every corner of the globe
suppliers across our entire value chain
In addition to implementing
our Human Rights Commitment, which sets out a more systematic rights-based
approach in accordance with the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human
Rights, we are also active on
a wide range of topics that relate to labor rights and human rights.
For more detailed information on our efforts, we invite you to read our Sustainability Report.
PMI’s commitment is to eliminate child labor and other labor abuses where they are found, and to achieve safe and fair working conditions on all farms where we source tobacco.
We expect our suppliers to implement our Responsible Sourcing Principles on Human Rights, Environmental Management, and Business Integrity. The Responsible Sourcing Principles reflect our commitment to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
We also contractually require all third parties who carry out tasks at our factories, or on behalf of PMI – including business partners and contractors – to comply with our Environmental, Health, Safety, and Security requirements.
of employees covered by Collective Labor Agreements
of management positions held by women
Lost Time Injury Rate per 200,000 hours worked
Vehicle crashes in our fleet per million kilometers driven
Workplace integrity means fostering and protecting a corporate environment that is inclusive, safe, and professional. We have adopted a suite of Principles and Practices
Our Diversity and Inclusion program adopts a merit-based approach to all employment-related decisions. We do not limit people’s opportunity to contribute or advance based on age, childcare responsibilities, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, pregnancy,
or other protected personal characteristics. As part of our efforts, we seek to increase the proportion of female employees in management positions, with a goal to reach 40 percent by 2022. For more on who we are, visit Discover PMI.
Mission Zero is a program designed to create a safe and secure work environment and eliminate all work-related injuries and illnesses through a culture of personal responsibility and good leadership. Mission Zero has the following key components:
PMI employees in over 100 countries operate more than 25,000 company vehicles, covering half a billion kilometers every year. Our Fleet Safety program is designed to save lives and
reduce accidents on the road. And with a 40-percent reduction in injuries associated with driving our vehicles in 2015, we know it’s achieving its goal.
We recognize that cigarettes and other conventional tobacco products pose serious health risks. Accordingly, we understand and respect we have a special obligation to develop and market our products responsibly.
Our responsibility as a tobacco company has also been the driver for our strong commitment to develop, assess, and market products that present, are likely to present, or have the potential to present less risk of harm to smokers who switch to these products versus continued smoking. Learn more at Science and Innovation.
We have marketing standards in place to ensure that our activities – from point-of-sale advertisements to package designs and direct communications with consumers – comply
with applicable law and our internal policies, and are not directed to those below the legal age.
How long will PMI be in the cigarette business?
Shouldn’t smokers be able to choose less harmful alternatives to cigarettes?
We want farm workers to be treated fairly and enjoy safe working and living conditions.