british american tobacco p.l.c. sustainability report 2009 - Board CSR Committee Chairman's overview

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SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2009
Karen de Segundo

I am confident that the Group is making steady progress towards its sustainability goals.

Karen de Segundo Chairman of the Board CSR Committee
 

In 2008, the Group’s CSR governance was revised to improve the alignment of our CSR management processes with our internal audit procedures. The CSR Committee also agreed to meet more often. I believe that these changes have served us well.

Throughout the year, we followed a clear and structured agenda, with sufficient time for in-depth review, debate and briefing by business managers on any topics that have been important for us to explore. This has given us a good line of sight into how the Group is pursuing its sustainability agenda and addressing important issues.

Many large multinational businesses face some controversy, but a large multinational tobacco business faces more than most. It is vital for a tobacco Group to give high priority to addressing social, environmental and reputational issues.

I believe that British American Tobacco has both the will and the means to tackle tough issues and that it continues to improve transparency. I am confident that the Group is making steady progress towards its sustainability goals. The CSR Committee will continue to be vigilant in ensuring that the business identifies, addresses and mitigates sustainability risks.

Karen de Segundo
Chairman of the Board CSR Committee

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