british american tobacco p.l.c. sustainability report 2011 - External recognition

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Sustainability Report 2011

We have built a strong reputation for sustainability and are recognised as leaders in our industry.

In 2011, we were included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index (DJSI Europe) for the 10th year running. The Indexes track the economic, environmental and social performance of companies that have demonstrated that they integrate sustainability into their businesses.

Our overall score was 88 per cent, an increase of 10 per cent from 2010. That placed us as the industry leader. We scored a maximum 100 per cent rating in four areas – risk and crisis management, fuels for tobacco curing, responsible marketing and combating smuggling. In all other areas, we scored above the sector average and we achieved the highest scores for the industry in 12 of the 19 categories. These included corporate governance, environmental reporting, environmental policy, labour practice indicators, human capital development and standards for suppliers.

STOXX® Global ESG Leaders Indices

We are also included in the STOXX® Global ESG Leaders Indices. This is an innovative index that uses a completely transparent selection process so that investors can fully understand which environmental, social and governance factors determine a company’s rating.

2011 Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index

We received a gold rating in the 2011 Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index, with a score of 94 per cent.

Business in the Community is an independent, business-led charity. Its Corporate Responsibility Index is the UK’s leading voluntary evaluation of how large organisations manage corporate responsibility.

Our score of 94 per cent placed us at the top of the gold performance band. We achieved strong scores across all categories including 100 per cent ratings for corporate strategy, stakeholder engagement and biodiversity.

Other awards and recognition

We also featured in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, with a score of 91 per cent. This index highlights those companies in the FTSE 350 Index that have shown the most professional approach to managing and disclosing their climate change impacts. High scores indicate that senior management understands the business issues related to climate change and is building climate related risks and opportunities into the core business.

The UK Environment Agency ranked us as the top company in the grocery sector in their first CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Performance League Table. This table ranks over 2,000 organisations on their actions to manage energy consumption. We were one of only 22 companies to score 100 per cent.

In their 'How does it stack up Sustainability Reports 2011' report, leading communication consultancy Radley Yeldar named our 2010 Sustainability Report as one of the top 10 in the FTSE 100.

In 2011, we also won the top award for both People and Executive Remuneration reporting in PricewaterhouseCooper’s annual Building Public Trust Awards. The judges commented on the quality of our reporting of the Group’s people strategy in the context of its overall business strategy in its Annual Report and noted that this was underpinned by a wealth of relevant, business critical people data in the Group’s 2010 Sustainability Report.


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