british american tobacco p.l.c. sustainability report 2009 - Industry participation

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SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2009

One of the FCTC guidelines that has been adopted recommends the implementation into local law of measures to limit the interaction of the tobacco industry with governments. Like any other large business, we seek to be part of the debate that shapes the regulatory environment in which we operate. Truly effective regulation needs cooperation between governments and industry and we have experience and expertise to contribute, particularly in areas such as illicit trade, product information and the development of potentially reduced-risk products.

We support best-practice principles on the development of regulation, including those of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the UK Better Regulation Executive. These principles currently state that any regulation should be:

  • Transparent;
  • Accountable;
  • Proportionate;
  • Consistent; and
  • Targeted only at cases where action is needed.

For transparency we will continue to ensure the views we advocate are reflected on www.bat.com Opens in new window.

Throughout 2009, our companies engaged with various regulators and other interested parties on the issues outlined here and others, including with:

  • Australian regulators on the practical issues facing retailers seeking to implement retail display ban legislation in four states and on the introduction of a lower ignition propensity standard;
  • United Kingdom regulators, politicians and retailers on proposals for a retail display ban and suggestions about plain packaging during the passage of the Health Bill (England) through Parliament;
  • Regulators, politicians and retailers in Ireland on proposals for a retail display ban;
  • Regulators from the European Union Member States on a potential reference to plain packaging in the Council Recommendation on Smoke-free Environments; and
  • Ministers, committees, media and other interested stakeholders in Canada to challenge the evidential basis for an ingredients ban proposed in a Bill to amend the Tobacco Sales Act.