Independent assurance

Ensuring confidence in our processes

An independent review of our sustainability reporting is an important element of helping stakeholders place trust in our processes and in what we report and supports our commitment to openness and transparency.

Building on our long history of open engagement with our stakeholders, this is the third year we invited our Independent Stakeholder Panel, formed of key opinion leaders, to offer comment on the materiality of our Sustainability Report and a collective opinion on BAT’s performance. In addition, we continued to engage Ernst & Young LLP to provide limited assurance of selected sustainability data.

The Stakeholder Panel members are::

  • Philippa Foster Back CBE, Director of the Institute of Business Ethics  (Panel chair) – an education charity whose purpose is to promote high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values.
  • Scott Ballin, Health Policy Adviser – Scott has spent more than 40 years involved in issues related to tobacco and health and is a key opinion leader on tobacco harm reduction.
  • Prof John Boardman , Emeritus Fellow, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford – John has published over 150 papers primarily focused on soil management and land degradation.
  • Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen, Owner and Director at ORCA & Co. ApS – a strategy advisory firm committed to working with companies and capital owners to maximise business value and societal impact by placing environmental, social and governance at the heart of decision making.

We also provide a response to the Panel’s statement as part of our commitment to continuous improvement.

The independent statements from Ernst & Young and the Stakeholder Panel, as well as our response to the Panel’s statement can viewed at our Sustainability Performance Centre  and in the PDF below.

Stakeholder Panel’s independent statement for BAT’s 2018 Sustainability Report and BAT’s response (189 kb) 

EY's Independent assurance statement on selected 2018 sustainability data (26 kb) 

Previous independent assurance statements

Download the independent assurance statements for our previous reports as print-friendly PDFs

Sustainability Report

Independent assurance statements for BAT Sustainability Report 2017 (717 kb) 

Independent assurance statements for BAT Sustainability Report 2016 (523 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for Sustainability Summary 2015 (422 kb) 

Our response to assurance for Sustainability Summary 2015 (373 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for Sustainability Summary 2014 (90 kb) 

Our response to assurance for Sustainability Summary 2014 (106 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for Sustainability Summary 2013 (331 kb) 

Our response to assurance for Sustainability Summary 2013 (252 kb) 

Focus Reports

Independent assurance statement for Harm reduction Focus Report 2014 (186 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for Sustainable farmers’ livelihoods Focus Report 2014 (229 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for A Focus on Integrity Report 2013 (68 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for A Focus on Harm Reduction Report 2013 (68 kb) 

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