In the two years that I have been Chairman of the Board CSR Committee I have seen how changes to our processes have helped to bring our governance to the forefront of best practice. Through the Committee I have also had the opportunity to see the progress we are making against our sustainability goals and I think we are making real headway.
For example, in 2010, we reviewed the development of centres of expertise to support the delivery of the sustainability agenda, as well as the implementation of our global approach to youth smoking prevention. We also reviewed human rights issues including the risks, challenges and opportunities of operating in countries of potential concern to stakeholders and initiatives aimed at reducing child labour in tobacco growing.
I am confident that our CSR governance plays a key role in addressing the risks we face as a business, as well as ensuring we are in a good position to take advantage of the many opportunities.
Karen de Segundo, Chairman of the Board CSR Committee