british american tobacco p.l.c. sustainability report 2011 - Viewpoint from an employee in South Korea

 
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Sustainability Report 2011
Being part of an international business that is so focused on sustainability has been a great help. Kyu-Tae Kim, Environment Health & Safety Supervisor, Sacheon factory, British American Tobacco Korea

I’ve been an Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Supervisor at the Sacheon factory for just over a year now. I found that my previous experience at the factory in engineering roles means that I have a good understanding of the pressures my colleagues are under and how the different factory processes work. So I try to find solutions that take these things into consideration as well as the environmental issues – which makes them more likely to succeed.

Being part of an international business that is so focused on sustainability has been a great help too. The Group EHS management system is so well established, I definitely wasn’t starting from scratch. And I’ve had a lot of help from my EHS colleagues, especially in getting used to the EHS data reporting system, which requires a massive amount of information. But I can see that it’s only through that kind of detail that we can get a true picture of our environmental performance.

The introduction of the Group manufacturing roadmap last year was also great to see. It gave us a consistent and well thought out structure for conducting self-assessments of our energy and CO2e performance across the factory. The assessments helped us to prioritise our improvement actions and we’re already seeing the results.

But we’re not complacent; even though we’re one of the more energy-efficient sites in the Group, we’re always looking for further reductions. Take this year, when we installed new machinery for a product innovation. We found that it consumed more energy and generated more waste than the other machines, but we’ve found a way to recycle some of the waste. I now need to look into how we can make further reductions, while still being able to manufacture our products and keep productivity levels up.

I am proud to think that my work is contributing, at least in some way, towards the Group’s sustainability goals. I know there’s more we can do and I look forward to facing the challenges ahead.

Kyu-Tae Kim, Environment Health & Safety Supervisor, Sacheon factory, British American Tobacco Korea
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