Stakeholder dialogue reports
Helping to understand expectations
In the past, we have held a number of independently facilitated stakeholder dialogue sessions on key issues including sustainable agriculture, climate change, sustainability reporting and human rights. These sessions enabled us to understand the expectations of our stakeholders and to jointly develop solutions to our biggest challenges.
Since 2001, we have held formal, independently facilitated stakeholder dialogue sessions, based on the AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard (AA1000SES), on key sustainability issues. As part of our commitment to transparency, we published reports on these dialogues, which can be found below.
In October 2013, British American Tobacco hosted an independently facilitated stakeholder dialogue that focused on the challenges posed to business by changing international and national regulations and societal expectations relating to human rights. You can download a copy of the full dialogue report below.
We held two dialogue sessions on sustainable agriculture in 2011 and 2012.
The first session was held in the UK with the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA). Along with UK policy makers, NGOs and other key influencers, we discussed the policy and regulation needed to effectively address the social, environmental and economic challenges of agriculture. To share some of the key learnings from this dialogue, we have produced a summary, which can be downloaded below.
The second dialogue of the series took place in Bangladesh, also supported by FERA. It focused on the challenges confronting agriculture in South Asia, including topics such as climate change, biodiversity loss and water scarcity. To share some of the key learnings from this dialogue, we have produced a summary, which can be downloaded below.
Climate change dialogue series
This was a series of three dialogue sessions in 2010 and 2011 looking at different aspects of climate change.
The first dialogue of the series focused of our dialogue on water availability and management was to build a better understanding of the challenges posed by pressures on water resources. We also discussed the tools and techniques required to address these issues. To share some of the key learnings from this dialogue, we have produced a summary, which can be downloaded below.
For this session we met with experts from NGOs, universities, national governmental organisations and other large companies to identify the opportunities that arise from current and future carbon pricing mechanisms and carbon regulation. To share some of the key insights from this dialogue, we have produced a summary, which can be downloaded below.
For this final session in the climate change series, we invited a group of academics, NGOs, specialist consultancies and other large companies. The session helped build our understanding and informed our strategies for future energy use and long-term security of our energy supplies. To share some of the key learnings from this dialogue, we have produced a summary, which can be downloaded below.
For the sustainability reporting session, we invited a group of investors, accounting firms and other opinion leaders to discuss the case for integrating sustainability and financial reporting. To share some of the key learnings from this dialogue, we have produced a summary, which can be downloaded below.
Group companies' dialogue
In addition, several Group companies also conduct formal dialogue sessions to advance their local sustainability plans on topics including harm reduction, anti-illicit trade and environmental performance. Here are two examples of recent stakeholder dialogues reports.