Minimising our impact
We rely on a complex but critical supply chain and we need it to be fit for the future. That’s why we’re using our influence to improve sustainability from crop all the way to the consumer.
We have a supply chain sustainability strategy that covers both our own operations, including manufacturing, logistics and trade marketing, and our wider supply chain of the farmers who grow tobacco leaf and suppliers of other goods and services. Our suppliers are valued business partners and we work with them to build shared value for all.
All of our new and existing first-tier suppliers are assessed through our supplier programmes – Sustainable Tobacco Programme (STP) for suppliers of tobacco leaf and Business Enabler Survey Tool (BEST) for non-leaf suppliers. These programmes include sustainability criteria covering areas such as environment, labour standards and human rights. Suppliers must meet minimum standards in order to be retained by BAT.
Tobacco growing is one of the most significant parts of our supply chain and you can read about our approach in Sustainable agriculture and farmer livelihoods.
Our non-leaf supply chain includes suppliers of direct materials such as cigarette packaging, filter materials and machinery, and indirect services such as IT consultancy. For direct materials suppliers, BEST assesses their sustainability performance and provides a framework for continual improvement.
As well as being required to meet criteria as part of our STP and BEST programmes, we expect all our suppliers to comply with local laws and with the requirements of our Supplier Code of Conduct. Sustainability criteria are also incorporated into all our framework agreements with global suppliers.
We seek out and give preference to businesses and organisations that can demonstrate that they:
Successfully appointed suppliers or business partners are provided with further support and guidance, enabling improvement against these principles as a business relationship develops.