Protecting the environment, protecting ourselves
The success of our business now and in the future depends on biodiversity. Biodiversity provides resources like clean water, healthy soils and timber.
Companies have a responsibility to minimise their negative impact on biodiversity, as species and communities also depend on these resources. By protecting the biodiversity around tobacco growing areas, we have the opportunity to help make sure our future supplies of tobacco are secure.
From 2001 to 2015, we worked with three NGOs in the British American Tobacco Biodiversity Partnership: Fauna & Flora International, the Tropical Biology Association and Earthwatch Institute.
The Partnership focused on some of the challenging issues surrounding the conservation and management of biodiversity within agricultural landscapes and the ecosystems on which we depend.
We’re very proud of this 15-year collaboration and what we collectively achieved. Although the Partnership has concluded, our commitment to biodiversity remains a priority and forms an important part of a new, broader programme that focuses on how we support farmers and their livelihoods.
Our biodiversity risk and opportunity assessment tool was developed by the Biodiversity Partnership to help our companies identify, assess and address risks arising from their impacts and dependencies on biodiversity and ecosystems in and around their leaf-growing operations. All our tobacco leaf growing operations have completed assessments and initiatives are in place to address the issues identified.
As a business we focus on addressing our own biodiversity impacts and dependencies and those of our contracted farmers. Through our Biodiversity Partnership, we also addressed challenging biodiversity issues through projects with external stakeholders in the wider agricultural landscapes and ecosystems on which we depend. You can read about these projects in detail on the Partnership’s website: www.batbiodiversity.org .
We are also full members of the The EU Business @ Biodiversity Platform which promotes dialogue on the links between business and biodiversity. We contribute to two of the platform’s three workstreams: Natural Capital Accounting and Innovations for Biodiversity and Business. The third workstream is Access to Finance and Innovative Finance Mechanisms.
We also participate in the Natural Capital Coalition . This is a global multi-stakeholder coalition which brings together leading global initiatives and organisations to harmonise approaches to ‘natural capital’, a way of defining the wide range of benefits we derive from nature.