Sustainable agriculture and farmer livelihoods goals

We are committed to working to enable prosperous livelihoods for all farmers who supply our tobacco leaf

Progress against our previous goals

  • Status key:
  • On track
  • Completed
  • Partially met
  • Not met

  • Aim for at least 70% of our spending on community investment activities in tobacco growing countries to be focused on sustainable agriculture each year.
    This goal was successfully met in all but two tobacco growing countries, which have valid reasons for continuing to focus the majority of community investment in other areas – one where our business focuses on a government-mandated development fund, and one where our business has a long-term programme supporting the indigenous cultural heritage.

  • Eliminate use of unsustainable wood sources by our contracted farmers.
    In 2016, 99% of our contracted farmers wood fuel use was from sustainable sources. See our wood sources data chart for more details.

  • Not to exceed the Group’s long-term standard for our BAT-owned leaf suppliers to use no more than an average of 1.5kg of active chemicals per hectare of tobacco per year.
    In 2016, the average use of active chemicals per hectare of tobacco was 2.16kg. However, this is a global average which does not accurately represent the varying usage rates dependent on the country, its use of technologies and the introduction of more efficient and newer products. We will therefore no longer have a global average target, but will continue to work with our leaf suppliers to better understand how improvements in best practice can be applied in this area.

  • As part of our membership of the ECLT Foundation, develop new global guidance on hazardous child labour and occupational health and safety in tobacco growing based on International Labour Organisation (ILO) research.
    In 2016, we continued to work with the ECLT Foundation and ILO to develop the guidance by expanding the focus countries under the research proposal to six, and identifying key stakeholders in those countries.

Our commitments for the future

  • Following the first full year of implementation, publish our suppliers’ aggregated Sustainable Tobacco Programme (STP) scores from 2018;
  • Aim for at least 70% of our spending on community investment activities in tobacco-growing countries to be focused on sustainable agriculture each year;
  • Eliminate use of unsustainable wood sources by our contracted farmers;
  • Develop action plans for the most pressing issues identified against our global Sustainable Agriculture and Farmer Livelihoods (SAFL) indicators by end 2017; and
  • Report on performance of our SAFL programme by end 2018.
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