Supplier standards

Our Social Responsibility in Tobacco Production (SRTP) programme ran for more than 15 years and set out the minimum performance levels for our first-tier tobacco leaf suppliers1. We openly published aggregated supplier scores, detailed in the charts below, covering 2011-2015.

In June 2016, we replaced SRTP with the Sustainable Tobacco Programme (STP), which assesses and monitors suppliers' performance in meeting industry-wide standards. We will begin publishing suppliers’ aggregated STP scores following the first full year of implementation.

You can read more about our previous SRTP programme and the new industry-wide Sustainable Tobacco Programme at www.bat.com .

Leaf suppliers' SRTP category scores

Average percentage of leaf suppliers' SRTP self-assessment scores

  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Social responsibility policy 93% 87% 91% 93% 95%
Agronomy: field 67% 74% 81% 81% 83%
Agronomy: natural resources management* - 61% 68% 68% 70%
Tobacco processing 81% 81% 84% 86% 86%
Socio-economic factors 91% 84% 90% 90% 90%

* New category introduced in 2012

Leaf suppliers' SRTP scores for preventing child labour

Average percentage of leaf suppliers' SRTP self-assessment scores

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
90% 87% 91% 89% 86%
  1. First-tier suppliers are those companies from which we purchase tobacco leaf that, in turn, source from a large farmer base. These include BAT-owned companies, which directly contract over 90,000 farmers, and third-party suppliers, which contract their own farmers.
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