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Independent assurance

Ensuring confidence in our processes

The nature of our industry means that it is all the more important that our stakeholders can place trust in our processes and in what we report – having robust assurance plays a large part in building this trust.

Our sustainability reporting is independently assured by Ernst & Young LLP in accordance with ISAE 3000 and evaluated against the AA1000AS (2008) assurance principles of Inclusivity, Materiality and Responsiveness.

Ernst & Young LLP provides ‘limited’ assurance of the printed Sustainability Summary Report, Sustainability Focus Reports, and all performance published information at www.bat.com/sustainability/data . To view the scope of work, conclusions and observations, please see the relevant assurance statements below.

Learning from the assurance process is key to our approach, so we also publish a response to Ernst & Young’s assurance statement for the Sustainability Summary, which can also be downloaded below.

External recognition

In 2013, we were ranked second in the FTSE 350 for our approach to sustainability assurance in the annual Carbon Smart ranking of assurance practices. This repeats our success in 2012. The research shows that only 13 companies were identified as having a leading approach, such as, having sustainability reports with an independent assurance statement. You can download a copy of the research report from Carbon Smart’s website.

Independent assurance statements

Download our latest independent assurance statements as print-friendly PDFs:

Summary Report

Independent assurance statement for Sustainability Summary 2015 (422 kb) 

Our response to assurance for Sustainability Summary 2015 (373 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for Sustainability Summary 2014 (90 kb) 

Our response to assurance for Sustainability Summary 2014 (106 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for Sustainability Summary 2013 (331 kb) 

Our response to assurance for Sustainability Summary 2013 (252 kb) 

Focus Reports

Independent assurance statement for Harm reduction Focus Report 2014 (186 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for Sustainable farmers’ livelihoods Focus Report 2014 (229 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for A Focus on Integrity Report 2013 (68 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for A Focus on Harm Reduction Report 2013 (68 kb) 

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