We supply more than 180 markets. Our 49 factories are based in 41 countries. In 2008, we sold some 715 billion cigarettes. Our Group purchased approximately 390,000 tonnes of tobacco leaf in 2008 from around 300,000 farmers.
We are committed to excellence throughout our supply chain and this includes taking into account social, environmental and economic issues. We believe this will help us make better business decisions and develop more creative solutions.
Our 2009 goals
We will work for positive social, environmental and economic impacts in our supply chain.
We have asked LeafTc to make the details and review criteria of our Social Responsibility in Tobacco Production (SRTP) programme transparent and available to all via its website www.leaftc.com by end 2009;
We will focus on building the global support capacity of our centre of excellence in agronomy and we expect it to be fully functioning by end 2010;
We will develop tools and processes to enable us to use Life Cycle Analysis to guide product specification by end 2010;
We will identify opportunities to pilot sustainable product design practice by end 2009;
We will introduce our Sustainable Packaging Charter for the consideration of social, economic and environmental impacts on our Global Drive Brands’ packaging design by end 2009;
We will use a decision-making checklist to take social, economic and environmental criteria into account in the product design process by end 2009;
We will continue to implement sustainability impact studies to assist our decision making for any major sourcing changes;
We will carry out joint Life Cycle Analysis studies with at least eight of our supply chain partners by end 2010;
We will aim to establish a joint sustainability project with DHL Exel through our Memorandum of Cooperation by end 2009; and
Among farmers who require wood for tobacco curing, we will continue working towards our aim of less than 3 per cent of curing fuels being sourced from natural forest by 2015.