british american tobacco p.l.c. sustainability report 2009 - Group CSR governance


We believe that a central part of being a sustainable business is operating with integrity and responsibility. Effective governance is critical to ensuring that we live up to our principles and standards and also that we deliver on our sustainability agenda.

Board CSR Committee

The CSR Committee is authorised by the Board of British American Tobacco p.l.c. to review activity within the business with respect to CSR and sustainability. It is authorised to seek the information it requires from, and require the attendance at any of its meetings of, any Director or member of management. All employees are expected to cooperate with any request made by the Committee. It is also authorised to obtain independent professional advice and secure the attendance of outsiders with relevant experience and expertise if it considers this necessary.

Summary Terms of Reference

The CSR Committee is responsible for:

  • Reviewing and making appropriate recommendations to the Board as regards the Company’s management of CSR and the conduct of business in accordance with the Statement of Business Principles;
  • Monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of the Group’s strategy for, and management of, significant social, environmental and reputational issues;
  • Reviewing and monitoring the Group’s plans for, and progress towards, business sustainability; and
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of the CSR governance process.

The Committee's terms of reference were reviewed and updated in March 2009. The full terms of reference are available from the Company Secretary and on Opens in new window.

Local committees

The Board CSR Committee is supported by regional and local combined audit and CSR committees, with the exception of a small number of local audit and CSR committees which have remained separate. The structure aims to support the embedding of CSR across the Group and to monitor performance against the Group’s principles and standards. The regional audit and CSR committees meet three times annually, following a standard agenda, so that topics discussed at local and regional level may feed into Board level discussions, and vice versa.

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