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Recognition for disability support
BAT has been recognised by a major UK government-backed accreditation scheme for the way we attract, develop and support people with disabilities and long-term health conditions.Read article 21 September 2022
Welcoming Véronique Laury to our Main Board
Véronique Laury has become the latest member of our Main Board, with effect from 19 September 2022.Read article 21 September 2022
‘The transformation is real, and we are delivering tangible change’
Flora Okereke, BAT’s Head of Regulatory Insights and Foresights, discusses the positive impact of BAT’s A Better Tomorrow™ ambition in the latest edition of Tobacco Reporter magazine.Read article 08 September 2022
A Better Tomorrow™ around the world
BAT’s A Better Tomorrow™ ambition has been making headlines around the world as Management Board members Hae In Kim and Johan Vandermeulen spoke to high profile media outlets about our transformation.Read article 07 September 2022
The pivotal role of suppliers in our transformation
BAT (Holdings) Limited has improved and enhanced supplier payments in compliance with the UK Prompt Payment Code.Read article 09 August 2022
HYR22: our results in the news
BAT’s Half-Year Results were the topic of conversation this morning as our Chief Marketing Officer Kingsley Wheaton appeared on Sky News.Watch video 27 July 2022
BAT’s Half-Year Results were the topic of conversation this morning as our Chief Marketing Officer Kingsley Wheaton appeared on Sky News.
Kingsley appeared on the Ian King Live show to discuss BAT’s HYR22 results which showed how we grew revenue by 3.7%* in the first six months of the year, with revenue from New Categories up 45%* over the same period.
The results also revealed how we now have 20.4m adult consumers of our non-combustible products, which now account for 14.6% of Group revenue.
In the interview, which you can see above, Kingsley discussed the successful H1 performance of our New Categories, highlighting how Vuse (vapour) and glo (tobacco heating products) had turned into billion-dollar businesses in a short period.
Kingsley told Sky News Business Presenter, Ian King: “We’re really pleased with the performance of our New Category products. A 45% growth in revenue* is on top of 51% growth in revenue* last year.
“It’s all part of our A Better Tomorrow purpose… these New Category products have contributed meaningfully to profits and earnings growth for the first time.”
Among a range of topics, Kingsley also discussed the success of our vapour business in the U.S., thanks to our world number one global vapour brand** Vuse, which is number one in value share*** in the U.S. (37.4%). He added: We’re leaders in 32 U.S. states and being number one is a position we want to solidify.”
*Vs H1 21, at constant rates of exchange
**Based on Vype/Vuse estimated value share from RRP in measured retail for vapour (i.e.total vapour category value in retail sales) in the USA, Canada, France, UK, Germany as of December 2021. These 5 markets cover an estimated 77% of global vapour closed system NTO, calculated in July 2021.
***Vuse value share of total vapour –monthly average of quarter share to May 2022. Source: US Marlin.
2022 Half-Year Results: highlights animation
Our Half-Year Results animation runs through some of the highlights of our performance for the six months to 30 June 2022.Watch video 27 July 2022
Our 2022 Half-Year Results demonstrate how continued growth momentum in New Categories is driving Faster Transformation at BAT.
The HYR 22 results, published today, show that Group revenue was up 3.7%* in the six months to 30 June 2022, with adjusted profit from operations up 4.9%*.
New Categories revenue grew by 45%* in the first six months of the year while the number of consumers** using our non-combustible products broke the 20m milestone for the first time, rising by 2.1m*** to 20.4m.
In his Chief Executive’s statement, Jack Bowles said: “I am very proud that our continued New Categories growth momentum is driving Faster Transformation, with revenue growth of 45%* in the first half of 2022, on top of 51%* growth in FY2021. We are delivering both strong operational performance and transforming the business.
“Our A Better Tomorrow purpose, partnered with our well-established multi-category strategy, continues to drive growth.”
Our animation above runs through some of the highlights of our 2022 Half-Year Results.
* Vs HY21 at constant rates of exchange
** The number of consumers of Non-Combustible products is defined as the estimated number of Legal Age (minimum 18 years) consumers of the Group's Non-Combustible products.*** From Dec 21 to June 22
How we’re becoming a multi category Enterprise of the Future
Our Finance and Transformation Director Tadeu Marroco discussed BAT’s transformation with leading financial publication The CFO this week.Read article 11 July 2022
‘Our transformation continues at pace’
VIDEO: Making Tobacco Harm Reduction a reality has never been more crucial, our Chief Marketing Officer Kingsley Wheaton has told Arabian Business magazine.Watch video 07 July 2022
Making Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) a reality has never been more crucial. That’s what our Chief Marketing Officer Kingsley Wheaton, told Arabian Business magazine as he sat down with the Middle East business publication to discuss BAT’s A Better Tomorrow™ transformation.
In the interview , Kingsley stresses how THR is at the core of our strategy.
He said: “Increasingly, governments and policy makers worldwide are taking Tobacco Harm Reduction seriously. Reduced-risk*† products, such as vaping, tobacco heating products and nicotine pouches, give smokers who do not want to give up smoking an alternative. A route away from cigarettes.”
Kingsley also pointed to how New Category products now count for 12% of BAT’s revenue and that well-thought-through regulation is essential to ensuring that adult consumers “can enjoy reduced-risk* products with confidence.”
Kingsley added: “There is substantial evidence to support vaping, tobacco heating, and modern oral products as reduced-risk*† compared to smoking. It’s really important that all stakeholders work together to develop an appropriate regulatory approach that provides consumers who might otherwise continue to smoke, with the access to, and the confidence to use, these products.”
Our Middle East strategy is touched upon while Kingsley also makes clear how our A Better Tomorrow™ transformation is being driven by technology and R&D.
“Our transformation continues at pace and we are making strong progress towards our purpose to build A Better Tomorrow – and this is just the beginning”, he said. “Our research and development, led by our 1,500 R&D specialists across the world, is creating an exciting pipeline of reduced-risk products*†.”
* Based on the weight of evidence and assuming a complete switch from cigarette smoking. These products are not risk free and are addictive.
† Our products as sold in the US, including Vuse, Velo, Grizzly, Kodiak, and Camel Snus, are subject to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation and no reduced-risk claims will be made as to these products without FDA clearance.
The importance of Pride in 2022
Adrian Longdon is a founder member of BAT’s LGBT+ network B United and sits on its board. He talks to us about the network’s contribution to life at BAT and his excitement for what lies ahead.Read article 30 June 2022
Showing our solidarity with Pride
Each June we nightly light up our London HQ in rainbow colours to celebrate Pride month.Read article 22 June 2022
Innovation Hub reaches milestone
Half-way point ceremony for phase 1 of new A Better Tomorrow™ Innovation Hub in Italy.Read article 20 June 2022
Our journey to a greener tomorrow
As a business that depends on natural resources, we take an active approach to reduce our environmental impact.Read article 06 June 2022
Let the Battle of Minds begin!
In its fourth year, the competition is run in partnership with BAT’s corporate venture unit, Btomorrow Ventures (BTV) and aims to discover the brightest, early-career business minds around the globe.Watch video 06 June 2022
In its fourth year, the competition is run in partnership with BAT’s corporate venture unit, Btomorrow Ventures (BTV) and aims to discover the brightest, early-career business minds around the globe.
This year the competition will again have an ESG focus as we search for the next entrepreneurs and innovators who can contribute to our journey towards A Better Tomorrow™.
The winner gets £50,000 to develop their idea and support from BAT while two runners-up each get £25,000 investment and the chance to join BAT as an intern or a global graduate.
Last year’s winners were Team Ijo, from Indonesia, who impressed the judges with their proposal to produce environmentally friendly, edible straws made of seaweed.
“Following last year’s success, I’m excited about some of the potential ideas and people we’ll find this time round,” said Geetha Raman, Group Head of Talent Acquisition at BAT. “Battle of Minds will again help us find innovative ESG solutions and provide a platform for these early career talents to shine.”
Battle of Minds invites teams to pitch solutions to tackle three ESG challenges :
- Environmental: ideas that drive a circular, zero waste economy
- Social: How can we support the shift towards workplace digitalisation?
- Governance: What are the best ways to apply Blockchain technology to support good governance?
To find out more about last year’s winners, watch the latest episode of Management Board Unplugged (from 12:30).
Visit competition.bat-battleofminds.com to register and submit your idea. Closing date: 30 June.
BTV’s Lisa has the power!
She’s done it again! Btomorrow Ventures Managing Director, Lisa Smith, has again been recognised in the Global Corporate Venturing (GCV) Powerlist 2022.Read article 18 May 2022
BAT Bangladesh makes history with ESG Report
BAT Bangladesh has become the first consumer goods company in the country to release an ESG report.Read article 17 May 2022
Strength through diversity and inclusion
Hae In Kim, BAT’s Director of Talent, Culture and Inclusion, showcases our strong D&I culture in a Q&A with a leading HR magazine.Read article 12 May 2022
BAT recognised as an FT Climate Leader again
BAT has been named as a Climate Leader for the second successive year by the Financial Times in its annual European ranking.Read article 07 April 2022
Vuse strikes more sustainability gold
Our world number one global vapour brand Vuse has landed another award acknowledging its sustainability leadership credentials.Read article 01 April 2022
Vaping facts campaign under way in Canada
Imperial Tobacco Canada, a subsidiary of BAT, has launched a campaign to highlight the facts and science of vaping.Read article 17 March 2022
The next stage of our transformation
BAT is entering the next phase of its transformation journey towards A Better Tomorrow™ – Faster Transformation – our Chief Executive, Jack Bowles told analysts and investors.Read article 25 February 2022
BTV’s Lukasz named as a rising star
Lukasz Garbowski of Btomorrow Ventures has been named as a Global Corporate Venturing ‘Rising Star’ of 2022.Read article 23 February 2022
Double win at Product of the Year awards
Velo and Vuse were voted winners in a survey of almost 10,000 consumers and a panel of experts.Read article 22 February 2022
2022 McLaren Racing F1 car unveiled
BAT’s global partners McLaren Racing have unveiled their new Formula 1 car ahead of the upcoming 2022 FIA F1 World Championship.Read article 15 February 2022
‘BAT has delivered in a pivotal year’
BAT’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kingsley Wheaton, spoke to the media as news organisations reacted to our full-year results.Read article 14 February 2022
Watch: 2021 results highlights animation
Our animation runs through some of the highlights of our 2021 results.Watch video 11 February 2022
BAT's 2021 full-year results demonstrate how our business has delivered in a pivotal year.
The preliminary results, published today, show that Group revenue was up 6.9%* for the year ended 31 December 2021, while New Categories revenue grew by more than 50%*. In 2021, the growth, from 13.5m to 18.3m, in consumers of non-combustible products was our strongest to date.
In his Chief Executive’s statement, Jack Bowles said: “2021 has been a pivotal year in our transformation journey to build A Better Tomorrow. We continued to make excellent progress on our strategic commitments while delivering value to all our stakeholders. It is thanks to the resilience of our people and partnerships that we are continuing to capitalise on the opportunities that are transforming our industry.”
Our animation above runs through some of the highlights of our 2021 results.
* At constant rates of exchange
‘It’s a very exciting time to be a scientist at BAT!’
Long read: To mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we caught up with Dr Sharon Goodall, our Group Head of Regulatory Science to find out about her career, motivations, and more.Read article 11 February 2022
Reynolds again lands U.S. LGBTQ+ equality honour
For the third consecutive year, Reynolds American Inc has earned top marks on the Human Rights Campaign's annual assessment of LGBTQ+ workplace equality.Read article 09 February 2021
BAT strikes gold again in sustainability
We have once more been listed in S&P Global's 2022 Sustainability Yearbook, achieving the highest award of a 'gold class' distinction.Read article 07 February 2022
Showcasing our world-class science
Our Quarterly Science Updates provide a digital snapshot of the research supporting our New Category products, demonstrating our scientific leadership.Read article 17 December 2021
Celebrating 20 years in the DJSI
BAT has been named in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the 20th consecutive year and, once again, is the only tobacco company to be included in the prestigious DJSI World Index.Watch video 13 December 2021
Last month BAT was named in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for a 20th consecutive year. Not only that, but we are also, once again, the only tobacco company to be included in the prestigious DJSI World Index. The World Index represents the top 10% of more than 10,000 companies assessed.
BAT is the highest scoring tobacco company in 2021, with industry leading scores in 11 of the 24 categories assessed, while achieving a top score of 100% in six categories1.
Our video above looks at our achievement of 20 years in the DJSI and sets out how our ongoing inclusion in the World Index demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and how it is central to our A Better Tomorrow™ transformation.
Kingsley Wheaton, Chief Marketing Officer at BAT, said: “It is an honour to have been recognised by the DJSI every year for the last 20 years and once again be ranked within the DJSI World Index.
“Building A Better Tomorrow by reducing the health impact of our business is core to BAT’s future sustainability. This is why we are accelerating our transformation away from combustible cigarettes and investing to provide our consumers with enjoyable, less risky*† products.”
1. Score date: 12 November 2021
* Based on the weight of evidence and assuming a complete switch from cigarette smoking. These products are not risk free and are addictive.
† Our products as sold in the US, including Vuse, Velo, Grizzly, Kodiak, and Camel Snus, are subject to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation and no reduced-risk claims will be made as to these products without FDA clearance.
Vuse and McLaren Racing mark world first
BAT’s global vapour brand Vuse has teamed up with McLaren Racing and an up-and-coming, UAE-based female artist to produce a one-off livery ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.Read article 07 December 2021
New Categories progress in pivotal year
BAT’s progress in New Categories was highlighted as our Chief Marketing Officer Kingsley Wheaton appeared on Sky News.Watch video 07 December 2021
BAT’s progress in New Categories was highlighted this morning as our Chief Marketing Officer Kingsley Wheaton appeared on UK-based news channel Sky News.
Kingsley was on the Ian King live show following the release of BAT’s 2021 Second Half Pre-Close Trading Update. The update highlighted how BAT is benefitting from a continued strong New Categories performance, which is now a sizeable contributor to group revenue growth.
It showed also how we are making excellent progress towards our £5bn New Categories revenue target by 2025, supported by a clear focus on THP, with consumers of non-combustible products* increasing by 3.6 million in the first nine months of the year. This was more than in all of 2020.
Speaking to Sky News Business Presenter, Ian King, Kingsley said: “We’re really pleased with the announcement we made this morning. We’ve added 3.6+ million consumers – 100,000 a week – to our New Categories consumer base.
“This is all part of our transformation story – encouraging our consumers to switch from combustible products to our New Categories portfolio.”
Click the play button above to watch the interview in full.
*See footnote 1 in BAT’s 2021 Second Half Pre-Close Trading Update for a definition of a ‘non-combustible consumer’
Digital award highlights our A Better Tomorrow™ transformation
BAT’s ongoing digital transformation has been recognised with a prestigious award for our Director of Digital and Information, Marina Bellini.Read article 19 November 2021
It’s TIME to talk automation
BAT’s ongoing digital transformation was in the spotlight recently as we hosted a summit bringing together some of the biggest names in technology.Read article 17 November 2021
Battle of Minds: and the winners are…
The winners of Battle of Minds, BAT’s global business competition, have been announced!
Click to see who won.
BAT lands industry-first diversity recognition
BAT’s commitment to diversity and inclusion (D&I) has been rewarded with a significant piece of recognition.Read article 08 November 2021
National Inclusion week: Jay’s story
As National Inclusion Week is marked in the UK, we catch up with one of B United’s leading lights, Jay Morris.Read article 29 September 2021
The importance of effective tobacco harm reduction strategy
BAT’s Director of Scientific Research Dr David O’Reilly has contributed to the September edition of Tobacco Reporter magazine, writing about the importance tobacco harm reduction.Read article 29 September 2021
A Better Tomorrow™ Innovation Hub to launch in Italy
The hub will host a new manufacturing site for BAT’s New Category products, a digital boutique, innovation lab and centre of excellence for digital transformation and digital marketing.Read article 28 September 2021
2021 is a critical year for tobacco harm reduction
Our Chief Marketing Officer Kingsley Wheaton called 2021 ‘a critical year for progress’ for tobacco harm reduction as he addressed the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum (GTNF) in London today.Read article 23 September 2021
Refreshed science site showcases our research
Sharing our scientific research is a vital part of our transparent approach. That’s why we’ve refreshed our dedicated science site, bat-science.comRead article 23 September 2021
BAT in Top 20 Most Admired Shared Services Organisations (SSOs) for third year running
For the third year in a row, BAT’s Global Business Solutions (GBS) has been recognised as one of the world’s Top 20 Most Admired Shared Services Organisations (SSOs) by SSON Analytics.Read article 09 September 2021
BAT wins 2nd runner-up for best ESG Report globally
Our leading approach to ESG reporting has once again been recognised at the prestigious Corporate Register (CR) Reporting Awards.Read article 23 August 2021
BTV’s Lisa ranked in top 100 corporate venturing ‘powerlist’
BAT’s corporate venture arm, Btomorrow Ventures (BTV) and its Managing Director Lisa Smith have been named in a prestigious ranking.Read article 16 August 2021
Accelerating our progress towards a sustainable future
Q&A with Jennie Galbraith, our Group Head of Environment, Social and Governance, discussing the step-change in BAT’s sustainability ambitions.Read article 11 August 2021
Animation: Highlights of BAT’s 2021 Half-Year Results
Our animation runs through some of the highlights of our Half-Year Report for the six months to 30 June 2021.Watch video 28 July 2021
BAT's 2021 Half-Year Results for the six months to 30 June 2021 demonstrate how strong brands are driving our New Category acceleration.
The results, published today, show that Group revenue was up 8.1%* in the first half of the year, while New Categories revenue grew by 50%*. In H1, we also added 2.6m consumers, our highest ever increase, to our non-combustible product consumer base, to reach 16.1m.
In his Chief Executive’s statement, Jack Bowles says 2021 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for BAT in our journey towards A Better Tomorrow™.
He adds: “We are committed to reducing the health impact of our business. Our ambition remains a sustainable, high growth, multi-category, consumer products business. I am excited about the future for BAT”.
Our animation runs through some of the highlights of our 2021 Half-Year Results.
* At constant rates of exchange
Building A Better Tomorrow™. Responsibly
VIDEO: BAT’s transformation journey is making us a more sustainable, responsible business, says our Chief Marketing Officer, Kingsley Wheaton.Watch video 08 July 2021
BAT’s transformation journey is making us a more sustainable, responsible business, says our Chief Marketing Officer, Kingsley Wheaton.
Kingsley made the comments in conversation with our Group Head of Business Communications & Sustainability, Anna Mitchell, as they discussed our A Better Tomorrow™ journey.
In the video above, you can see Kingsley and Anna cover topics including:
- our New Category products and reducing the health impact of our business
- how innovation is critical to achieving our A Better Tomorrow™ ambition
- what tobacco harm reduction means for regulation and excise
- responsible marketing, including Youth Access Prevention
Talking about harm reduction and regulation, Kingsley said: “Governments and regulators have a huge role to play and we really want to work together. We want whole of society, multi-stakeholder solutions.”
He added: “The destination is clear. We’re building a consumer centric multi-category consumer products business of the future.”
New careers site has ‘candidate at its heart’
The revamped careers.bat.com will be key to attracting talented people to BAT to be part of building A Better Tomorrow™Read article 02 July 2021
Vuse strikes gold for ‘Best Brand Experience’
Our global vapour brand took top prize at the 2021 Transform Awards Europe – in recognition of its Vuse Inspiration Stores.Read article 30 June 2021
Grad Academy goes virtual again
Following the success of the virtual programme in 2020 and continued global travel restrictions, the Academy was again conducted in a fully digital environmentWatch video 19 June 2021
The BAT Grad Academy, our Global Graduate Programme’s formal learning experience, took place again last month.
Following the success of the virtual programme in 2020 and continued global travel restrictions, the Academy was conducted in a fully digital environment for a second time.
The Academy builds our grads’ commercial acumen and strategic thinking and supports them in developing the right capabilities as future business leaders.
117 Global Graduates from 28 markets, representing all functions and regions in BAT, embarked on a journey of five weeks’ pre-work challenges followed by a fortnight of live sessions, focused on developing “winning capabilities.
This year, the Academy introduced new topics including manufacturing innovation and emotional intelligence, while gamified video-based learning kept the grads on their toes.
Attendees also heard how to build a successful career at BAT from senior leaders including:
- Jack Bowles, Chief Executive
- Hae In Kim, Director, Talent, Culture and Inclusion;
- Kingsley Wheaton, Chief Marketing Officer;
- and Johan Vandermeulen, Regional Director, Europe and North Africa.
David Kim, Group Head of Talent, Organisational Effectiveness & Inclusion, said: “We were very excited to bring the Academy to our grads in a fully virtual environment. The live sessions introduced them to our most senior BAT leaders, and interactive discussions deepened their understanding of the business, our strategy, and our New Categories portfolio. The experience has definitely strengthened the winning capabilities of our future leaders.”
Rainbow display shows we’re proud to B United
VIDEO: The BAT LGBT+ network B United plays a huge part in helping to create A Better Tomorrow™ for all of our employees.Watch video 16 June 2021
At BAT, we are proud of the role that B United, the BAT LGBT+ network, plays in helping to create A Better Tomorrow™ for all of our employees.
B United exemplifies BAT’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, with the network’s stated mission to "foster an environment in which lesbian, gay, bi, trans or questioning employees are comfortable being themselves, thus realising their full potential in their jobs."
To demonstrate BAT’s commitment to fostering an environment where all employees can thrive, each June we light up our London HQ in rainbow colours to celebrate Pride month.
In our video above, you can see how that looked this year, with the rainbow Pride flag also sitting proudly on top of the building.
As Eka Gvrimradze, Global Talent Deployment Manager at BAT, says: “Lighting up the building makes me feel like I belong at BAT.”
Our Science & Innovation Report – available now
Report showcases our latest scientific research and highlights our world-class scientists who are accelerating our transformationRead article 09 June 2021
Btomorrow Ventures website goes live
Btomorrow Ventures, BAT’s corporate venture arm, has today unveiled its new website: www.btomorrowv.comRead article 07 June 2021
Celebrating World Environment Day
We’re showing how we are playing our part to live up to this year’s theme of ‘Reimagine, Recreate, Restore’.Read article 05 June 2021
We’ll still B United, no matter what
B United, our global network of LGBTQ+ employees, redoubled its efforts during the pandemic to ensure its members stayed connected.Read article 04 June 2021
Biodiversity Day 2021: We’re part of the solution
BAT signs-up to Business for Nature’s Call to Action, a global coalition uniting businesses to call for collective action to reverse ‘nature loss’.Read article 22 May 2021
Marina ‘honoured’ by CIO award nomination
Our Director, Digital and Information, Marina Bellini, is in the running for the 14th annual MIT Sloan CIO leadership award.Read article 12 May 2021
ESG front and centre of Battle of Minds
Our global business competition is back - focusing on discovering the brightest, early-career business minds around the globe.Watch video 06 May 2021
Battle of Minds, BAT’s global business competition, is back! Focused on discovering the brightest, early-career business minds around the globe, the latest contest promises to be more competitive than ever.
This time, BAT’s Global HR team has partnered with our corporate venture arm, Btomorrow Ventures, to deliver a competition that truly demonstrates our journey towards A Better Tomorrow™.
The competition opened for registration this week and will see teams of students and recent graduates, pitching to solve an ESG-themed challenge focused on culture, farming, waste or energy.
The top prize for the winning team is a non-conditional sponsorship from BAT to implement their business idea, with up to £50,000 investment and a potential place on an accelerator programme for start-ups. The two runners-up will win up to £25,000 investment. Successful participants may also be considered for employment opportunities at BAT as Global Graduates or interns.
Participants across 27 markets are tasked with developing an innovative product and are judged on the following criteria:
- Strong original idea.
- Solid depth of research and analytics.
- Business feasibility.
- High-quality business plan.
- Presentation skills and teamwork.
Battle of Minds, being run for a third time, is a major event on the BAT calendar, as it allows the company to find and nurture some of the brightest young business minds from around the world.
Yulia Begemann, BAT’s Group Head of Talent Acquisition, says: “Battle of Minds is part of BAT’s continuous effort to attract early career talent with the right digital capabilities in a way that resonates with them. We are challenging those who take part in the competition to contribute to our journey to deliver A Better Tomorrow.”
Battle of Minds also presents another way in which BAT can further its commitment to its ESG principles and accelerate its business transformation. Lisa Smith, MD, Btomorrow Ventures, said: “Btomorrow Ventures is thrilled to be leveraging our amazing global network to find world class solutions that help our planet. I can’t wait to meet these innovators and see how we can support them.”
ESG is a key driver of BAT’s transformation journey to build A Better Tomorrow™ for all stakeholders and is at the core of our business.
Speaking about this year’s ESG focus, Jennie Galbraith, BAT’s Head of Environment, Social and Governance, said: “ESG remains front and centre of everything that we do as a business. We understand our stakeholders want to know how we are addressing our key sustainability challenges and our journey in delivering A Better Tomorrow. Battle of Minds will not only help us find innovative ESG solutions, but it will also provide a platform for these early career talents to contribute to the work we are doing in this area.”
Interested in taking part, or know someone who might like to participate in Battle of Minds? Visit competition.bat-battleofminds.com.
Marking the World Day for Safety and Health at Work
On World Day for Safety and Health at Work, we look back at the past year and how we've responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.Read article 28 April 2021
Honoured again for workforce transparency
BAT ranked in the top 10% of 141 responding companies by the Workforce Disclosure Initiative for a third consecutive year.Read article 01 April 2021
Award acknowledges our digital transformation
BAT’s ongoing digital transformation has been recognised with a prestigious award.Read article 31 March 2021
R&D student scheme honoured again
We have received further recognition for our employee best practice by retaining a ‘National Undergraduate Employability’ award.Read article 16 March 2021
Video: BAT’s 2020 full-year results
Building A Better Tomorrow™. Highlights of our transformation journey.Watch video 26 February 2021
BAT's 2020 full-year results demonstrate how we are accelerating the transformation of our business.
The results show that we delivered a strong performance in a challenging year and that our journey to deliver A Better Tomorrow to all our stakeholders is well underway.
As our Chief Executive, Jack Bowles, says: “We are committed to reducing the health impact of our business, while delivering sustainable results that create long-term multi-stakeholder value”.
Our video runs through some of the highlights of our 2020 performance.
FYR 2020: our transformation story in focus on CNBC
BAT’s A Better Tomorrow™ transformation story was the big talking point on the CNBC Europe news channel, this morning.Watch video 17 February 2021
BAT’s A Better Tomorrow™ transformation story was the big talking point on the CNBC Europe news channel, this morning.
Chief Marketing Officer Kingsley Wheaton appeared on CNBC Europe’s morning business show Squawk Box to discuss BAT’s 2020 preliminary results, which were released today (17 February).
At BAT, we are committed to our purpose of building A Better Tomorrow™ by reducing the health impact of our business through providing a range of enjoyable and less risky products. We continue to be clear that combustible cigarettes pose serious health risks, and the only way to avoid these risks is not to start or to quit. We encourage those who otherwise continue to smoke, to switch completely to scientifically-substantiated, reduced-risk alternatives.*
In the interview, Kingsley highlighted our growth in New Categories and earnings in the year to 31 December 2020. He said this “great performance”, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, was proof that our strategy is working.
He also drew attention to our ambition to have 50million consumers of our non-combustible products by 2030, adding that 10% of our revenues now come from non-combustible products. Kingsley said: “We had a great performance in that regard in 2020, gaining real momentum in the second half of the year when consumer adoption of our New Category products doubled vs the first half.
He added: “We have a unique, consumer-centric multi-category strategy. And what’s exciting is that it’s working and that we have momentum in all three of our New Categories (vapour, tobacco heating products and modern oral).”
On the topic of how COVID-19 has impacted businesses, Kingsley said BAT was very pleased to have grown revenue, profit and earnings in a year so affected by the pandemic.
He said: “[COVID-19] has enabled us to accelerate the transformation of our business. We’ve developed and invested in new capabilities and new ways of bringing our [New Categories] portfolio to consumers.
He added: “It’s enabled us to more radically shake-up the way we do business and underpin our transformation from a tobacco company to a company that’s more about technology.”
You can watch the full interview above. Click the link to read our preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2020.
We strike gold again in sustainability
We are proud to have received two more prestigious awards for our sustainability achievements.Read article 16 February 2021
Campaign highlights our transformation
Adverts in prestigious media titles showcase recognition we have received and progress on A Better Tomorrow™ journey.Read article 11 February 2021
Celebrating our women in Science
A focus on some of the brilliant women who are helping to accelerate our A Better Tomorrow™ transformation.Watch video 11 February 2021
UNESCO’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science aims to recognise the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. To mark the day, we are shining a spotlight on three world-class scientists whose industry-leading research is supporting BAT’s transformation.
As a company, we have a clear purpose to build A Better Tomorrow by reducing the health impact of our business. To do that, we need fresh, diverse thinking in science and innovation. That is why our Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) initiative to attract and retain more female talent in our Research & Development, Operations, and Information & Digital Technology functions is so important.
We are proud members of WISE (Women into Science and Engineering), an education and networking organisation that supports women in STEM. We are also committed to both our Women in Leadership programme and 30% Mentoring Club to help increase the number of women in senior roles.
One of those leading the way in R&D is Carlista Moore Condé, Head of New Sciences. Growing up in the southern states of the USA, Carlista’s interest in science started to develop at a young age, and, after more than two decades working for some of the world’s biggest companies, her love of science remains as strong as ever.
“Science and technology touch virtually all aspects of our lives and I find that fascinating,” Carlista says. “I love challenges, actually I need them to feel fulfilled.
“One of the things that truly excites me about my role is that the primary objective of the function is to create a solid scientific foundation to support our product portfolio and this work is directly linked to our company’s core purpose to build A Better Tomorrow by reducing the health impact of our business and offering adult consumers a greater choice of potentially less risky products.”
Another important member of the BAT R&D community is Analytical Scientist, Dr Isabel Pinto.
Isabel works on the chemical characterisation of our Potentially Reduced-Risk Products and says one of the things she enjoys most about her role is being able to collaborate with other colleagues in R&D.
“I’m really passionate about my work at BAT because I’m doing what I love — research,” Isabel says. “I get the chance to work with different project teams and different groups. And this diversity of people, of different backgrounds, ages, nationalities and cultures has been really important and rewarding in my professional and personal life.”
Behavioural Scientist, Mandara Shetty, is one of the members of our Human and Consumer Behaviour team. Originally from India, she moved to London when she was eight years old and is now based in Southampton. Mandara returned to a permanent position after a year’s industrial placement in R&D.
She says: “I’m passionate about the work that I do now because I think it gives me a great balance between exploring the different curiosities I have, in terms of my scientific research questions, as well as delivering scientific findings and insights in a business-relevant way to inform Harm Reduction practices.”
Multiple employer recognition awards
The recent recognition of BAT as a Global Top Employer was our third employer-related accolade in a matter of weeks.Read article 02 February 2021
BAT launches first CBD vaping product
Pilot launch in Manchester, UK, makes us the first truly global vaping company to launch a CBD vaping product.Read article 11 January 2021
Our COVID-19 candidate vaccine given approval to progress into human trials
Plans have commenced to start the first Phase I study of BAT’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate.Read article 16 December 2020
BAT launches tobacco industry-first Human Rights Report
Our Human Rights Report was published on Human Rights Day 2020 which focused on the global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on human rights.Read article 10 December 2020
We're listed in DJSI for 19th consecutive year
VIDEO: BAT is also the only tobacco company listed in the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Indices World Index.Watch video 27 November 2020
BAT has been named in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for a 19th consecutive year - the only tobacco company to be listed in the prestigious DJSI World Index.
We achieved industry-leading scores in 13 of the 23 categories assessed and top scores of 100% in seven of these categories.
Created by S&P Dow Jones Indices, the DJSI represents the gold standard for tracking corporate sustainability. In 2020, around 3,500 companies had their sustainability practices assessed against ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) criteria. Only the top 10% are recognised as leaders in corporate sustainability and achieve DJSI World Index inclusion.
This recognition is testament to our continued commitment to accelerate the transformation of our company. We are building A Better Tomorrow by reducing the health impact of its global business, which entails:
- Committing to providing adult consumers with a wide range of enjoyable and less risky products
- Continuing to be clear that combustible cigarettes pose serious health risks, and the only way to avoid these risks is not to start or to quit
- Encouraging those who otherwise continue to smoke, to switch completely to scientifically-substantiated, reduced-risk alternatives
- Tracking and sharing progress of our transformation
Watch our video above to find out more.
BAT named as FT Diversity Leader again
VIDEO: We are proud to have been named as a Diversity Leader by the Financial Times for a second consecutive year.Watch video 27 November 2020
Diversity and inclusion are a key part of BAT’s heritage, which goes back 120 years.
So we are proud to have been named as Diversity Leaders by the Financial Times for a second consecutive year.
The prestigious FT Diversity Leaders report recognises the top 850 companies across 16 European countries that have achieved a diverse and inclusive workplace. Areas assessed include: Gender balance; sexual orientation; and a workforce comprised of an ethnic and social mix that reflects wider society.
Attracting and retaining an increasingly diverse workforce, and providing a welcoming, inclusive working environment is a key driver in our transformation journey to build A Better Tomorrow.
And we have set ourselves new diversity and inclusion ambitions to achieve by 2025. These include:
- Increasing the number of women in senior leadership teams to 40%
- Increasing the number of women in management roles to 45%
- Achieving a 50% spread of nationalities within key leadership teams to better mirror BAT’s consumer base.
Find out more in our news release and by watching the video above.
How digital is driving our transformation
Our Director of Digital and Information, Marina Bellini, is taking the lead role in ensuring smart technology and connectivity accelerate BAT’s A Better Tomorrow journey.Read article 30 October 2020
Virtual Grad Academy is a great success
Travel restrictions, lockdown or working from home have not stopped our global learning programmes during the COVID-19 pandemic.Watch video 27 October 2020
Travel restrictions, lockdown or working from home have not stopped our global learning programmes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The seventh edition of the BAT Grad Academy, which finished earlier this month, brought together our largest set of global graduates to date in a fully virtual environment. The 239 grads from 51 markets were, over three weeks, challenged with new business topics, refreshed leadership modules and exciting interactive sessions. More than 50 BAT senior leaders including members of our Management Board shared knowledge and insights, as did a host of external speakers.
The Grad Academy is the formal learning experience of BAT’s Global Graduate programme, which accelerates the commercial acumen and strategic thinking of our grads and supports them to build the right capabilities as future leaders.
A key element in redesigning and adapting the academy to a virtual environment was ensuring the strong points from previous editions were retained. To achieve this, the team focused on addressing top priorities from our A Better Tomorrow company purpose, our new ethos and leadership capabilities. This translated into modules on topics such as resilience, self-awareness and personality, personal influence and feedback.
To keep up with the dynamic pace of our business, new business sessions on digital marketing, circular economy and New Categories product design were introduced.
Simi Dubb, Group Head of Talent Development & Inclusion, said: “We are very excited to see the positive impact and outcome of our first virtual Grad Academy, with 95% of Grad attendees finding the content relevant, and 100% positive they will be more effective in their role post-academy. This is an important stepping-stone that proves how quickly we can adapt to the development needs of our employees and the current reality. It has been amazing to see the grads so engaged during the sessions, expressing their curiosity and knowledge in front of our senior leaders; and how easily they formed strong relationships while physically distant from each other.”
During the academy, the grads participated in two dynamic business simulations where they practiced teamwork, quick decision making, agile collaboration and strategic thinking. On week two, they had the opportunity to experience an R&D-focused session with our Formula 1 motorsport partners McLaren Racing, as well as a virtual tour of the McLaren Technology Centre.
The grads also had the chance to network and get to know each other better in a speed networking session, talent Show and closing awards event, the ‘GRADDYs’.
Looking after mental health in a pandemic
BAT Healthy Minds Champions like Jo Vezey have played a key role as our people adapt to life in a pandemic.Read article 09 October 2020
Our CMO’s keynote speech at GTNF 2020
Our Chief Marketing Officer, Kingsley Wheaton, has today called for meaningful change in the way that global tobacco and nicotine policies are developed.Read article 23 September 2020
BAT in Top 20 Most Admired Shared Services Organisations
BAT Global Business Services function enabling BAT to build A Better Tomorrow.Read article 09 September 2020
Proud to B United at our R&D centre
In a year that has seen Pride celebrations cancelled around the world, our colleagues in Southampton, UK, have brought colour to their site in support of our LGBTQ+ community.Read article 08 September 2020
Women in Science video lands 'dotCOMM' honour
Our video has won a platinum award in the long-form video category at this year’s dotCOMM Awards.Watch video 11 August 2020
Our Women in Science campaign video had scooped an international award!
Back in February, we marked International Day of Women and Girls in Science by celebrating the achievements of our female scientists and shone a spotlight on their world-class research.
We are delighted that our video has won a platinum award in the long-form video category at this year’s dotCOMM Awards. The international online competition is run by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals and honours excellence in web creativity and digital communication.
Sarah Cooney, a senior manager in the Science Comms team, said it was great to get recognition for our diverse group of talented scientists.
“We are delighted to have won a dotCOMM award for our Women in Science campaign. We know BAT has always championed women’s careers and this award is testament to the fantastic work being carried out by our scientists here in R&D. They discussed their professional journeys and shared what motivated them in their careers, and I hope they have inspired others to seek an exciting career in science.
“The video was incredibly well received on social media and initiatives like this help us to give people a better understanding of our industry, serving as tools for engagement and recruitment.”
BAT’s commitment to diversity and equality in the workplace was reinforced by the launch of our Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) initiative in 2019. Using external partnerships and internal learning and development platforms, the initiative aims to attract, develop and retain more women in our R&D, Operations and Information & Digital Technology (IDT) functions. Our pioneering women and valuable male allies featured in the national Women in STEM campaign in June, with coverage in The Week and womeninstem.co.uk .
Sustainability report wins ‘Openness and Honesty’ award
We landed the 'Openness and Honesty' award for our 2018 Sustainability Report at the prestigious Corporate Register Reporting Awards.Read article 10 August 2020
Event shows we're #StrongerTogether @BAT
BAT recently held its first ever global digital gathering, bringing together our employees to connect, engage and be inspired.Read article 05 August 2020
Battle of Minds: our global internship case competition
Our global internship initiative continues to underscore our innovative approach to attracting and developing the best talent.Watch video 03 July 2020
Our global internship initiative continues to underscore our innovative approach to attracting and developing the best talent.
The latest edition of Battle of Minds, our global competition focused on finding the brightest young business minds from around the world, wrapped up this week with the announcement of the winners at a virtual awards ceremony.
Following a tough selection process, which began at the end of 2019 with 413 business cases submitted from around the world, our judges Vivek Chaudhri, Global Head of Digital Innovation, Lisa Smith, Managing Director, Better Tomorrow Ventures, and Edward Forsdike, Head of Emerging Product Platforms, had the difficult decision of picking the team that would scoop the top prize.
In a virtual ceremony, Hae In Kim, Director, Talent and Culture, announced the team from Kenya as the overall winners with their business case for Envo-Plastic – the concept of a plastic waste recycling company which harnesses 3D printing technology to help provide affordable homes to low-income earners, with plastic waste as a major source of raw materials.
Envo-Plastic’s team members – Eric Bakuli, Gerald Ayieye and Anthony Mathu – will each receive a £3,000 voucher towards online education from some of the world’s top universities.
Speaking about Battle of Minds going ahead despite the lockdown difficulties surrounding COVID-19, Hae In Kim said: “We will continue to introduce innovative tools to advance our approach to early identification of future potential and drive accelerated talent development. I am super proud that our Talent Acquisition team was able to stage this competition virtually, a true definition of delivering results no matter the circumstances.”
Continuing to B United in a pandemic
Despite the impact of COVID-19 on how we all work, our LGBTQ+ employee network continues to play a crucial role in reaffirming our commitment to diversity and inclusion.Read article 25 June 2020
Women in STEM: a key part of our transformation
We are proud to have our pioneering women in STEM and their male allies featured in womeninstem.co.uk today.Read article 18 June 2020
WeQual recognition for Rafaela highlights importance of diversity
Rafaela Alves Souza, Global Head of Activation, is one of three women finalists in the WeQual UK 2020 awards.Read article 10 June 2020
BAT named in The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2020
We believe that company transformation and focus on ESG has driven elevation to 21st position.Read article 09 June 2020
COVID-19 vaccine: update on our progress
Our potential COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to produce a positive immune response and is poised to move to the next phase of testing.Read article 15 May 2020
Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic
An open letter from our Chief Executive, Jack Bowles, on BAT's commitment to supporting all our stakeholders in these unprecedented times.Read letter 05 May 2020
Building A Better Tomorrow
Our animation further explains BAT’s evolved corporate strategy and details how we are committed to building A Better Tomorrow.Watch video 20 April 2020
Last month, we announced our evolved corporate strategy and purpose to build A Better Tomorrow, by reducing the health impact of our business through offering a greater choice of enjoyable and less risky products.
Our short animation above further explains this strategy and clear corporate purpose and how we will build on our strong foundations and global capabilities to meet the changing needs of our consumers.
The animation details how sustainability is front and centre of all we do and how we have set ourselves ambitious targets – including becoming carbon neutral by 2030. It also explains how our Ethos, which represents our culture and who we are as a business, is key to delivering A Better Tomorrow for all our stakeholders.
“Our business has extremely strong foundations and, with the launch of our evolved strategy, we are well-positioned for long term sustainable growth as we embark on this journey of building A Better Tomorrow together,” said our Chief Executive, Jack Bowles.
Find out more at bat.com/strategy.
International Women's Day at BAT
Find out about the progress we have made and hear from BAT employees around the world about how they will contribute to a more gender-equal world.Watch video 09 March 2020
Find out about the progress we have made and hear from BAT employees around the world about how they will contribute to a more gender-equal world.
BAT has marked International Women's Day with a focus on our individual responsibility to build a gender equal world.
The theme of International Women’s Day (IWD) – a global initiative that happens annually on 8 March – is #EachforEqual. It calls on people to value different perspectives, challenge stereotypes, recognise unconscious bias and broaden perceptions to ensure we create a gender-equal world.
We have participated in the IWD campaign to raise awareness among our people around gender diversity, share our progress, celebrate women’s achievements, launch new initiatives and make new commitments.
Last week, IWD was marked by our people around the world. At our head office in London, we held an event featuring a panel discussion and talks from senior female leaders at BAT, including Hae In Kim – Director, Talent and Culture; Simi Dubb – Group Head of Talent Development and D&I; and Dr. Lisa Smith – MD, Ventures.
They shared their personal stories, bringing to life their experiences throughout the years of professional growth. Some of their tips included: strive to be the best in what you do while staying true to yourself; celebrate each other’s contributions and achievements; connect and support the women around us; and call out and signpost the positive behaviours that help to foster inclusivity and diversity.
Simi Dubb said: “Diversity and inclusion is critical to our organisational growth. Valuing different perspectives requires us to examine our individual actions, behaviours and mindsets and how this impacts on our ability to make others feel valued and make informed business decisions.”
Increasing the level of senior female representation in our business is a long-standing priority for BAT and we’ve come a long way in driving gender diversity across the company. We more than doubled the representation of women in our senior management roles from 11% in 2012 to 23% in 2019. Last year also saw increased female representation on our Management Board with two new female members.
Our commitment to marking IWD is evident in our second-time recognition by the organisers as one of the best private sector companies in terms of impact and innovation in IWD celebrations. We were also recognised as a diversity leader in 2019 by the UK’s Financial Times in its inaugural Diversity Leaders report.
BAT responds to latest PHE vaping report
The Public Health England report provides an update on the use of nicotine vaping products in England and public perceptions of the harmfulness of vaping.Read article 04 March 2020
International Mother Language Day
As a truly international company, we celebrate our differences and what brings us together.Watch video 21 February 2020
At BAT, ‘diversity’ is a more than just a buzzword. For a truly international company, embracing different perspectives, knowledge and experiences is not an aspiration; it is our way of life.
On International Mother Language Day, we celebrate our differences and what brings us together. The video above features a range of our people, based at our London headquarters, saying “We are BAT” in a variety of languages which reflect our diverse make-up.
Simi Dubb, BAT’s Group Head of Talent Development and Inclusion, said: “As we continue to foster a diverse and inclusive work environment, it is imperative that we take the opportunity to celebrate what makes us different. At BAT, while we have many different mother tongues, we all speak the same language.”
Celebrating our Women in Science
To mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we shine a light on the achievements of our female scientistsWatch video 11 February 2020
To mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we celebrate the achievements of our female scientists and shine a spotlight on their world-class research.
In the video above, our R&D experts – from a range of areas including toxicology, chemistry and product safety – share their professional journeys and explore what motivates them.
From pursuing a childhood passion to carving out a career in global research, our scientists explain what they do, why they love it and how they have further developed their skills at BAT.
Principal Science Manager, Dr Summer Hanna, said working alongside curious scientists was one of the most enjoyable parts of her role.
“You’re surrounded by scientists who want to go to the next level, who are passionate about their jobs and are passionate about building a culture that empowers our scientists to learn and explore,” Summer said.
Linsey Haswell, a scientist in the Pre-clinical team, explains how working with a diverse team of scientists pushes her to be her best. Linsey said: “R&D is such a diverse community and it’s great to work here. I have learned so much over the years and we have lovely people here who are always willing to spend their time and learn with you. I think this has really shaped my career not just as a scientist, but also as a woman in business.”
Dr David O’Reilly, Director, Scientific Research, said: “Our industry is changing rapidly, and we are at the forefront of this momentous change. I’m pleased we are marking this important day by shining the spotlight on some of our incredibly talented scientists who are accelerating our transformation and pushing our company forward.”
RAI Group LGBTQ equality honour
Our business in the U.S. has been designated as a ‘Best Place to Work for LGBTQ equality’ by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.Read article 30 January 2020
Vype wins at Product of the Year awards again!
The Vype ePod has won in the e-cigarette category at this year’s eagerly-anticipated UK Product of the Year awards.Read article 24 January 2020
Attracting the best – Augustow style!
To show how their graduates can succeed, the team at our Augustow factory in Poland have put together a fantastic video.Watch video 18 December 2019
BAT’s Global Graduate Programme is well respected industry-wide, offering graduates a full-time role from day one and a chance to make an immediate impact on our business.
We aim to attract the brightest and best to BAT, offering world-class development and training to grads as they set off on their career journeys.
Whether joining the BAT graduate programme in Operations, Marketing, Finance or any of our functions, grads can expect a fast-paced, exciting journey that will stretch and test them. The ultimate aim is for them to be propelled into a management role within 12 months.
To spread the word about how their Operations graduates can succeed, the team at the Augustow factory in Poland put together a fantastic video, which you can watch above.
Malgorzata Lewandowska Zywna, Manufacturing Development Manager at Augustow, said: “With this video we wanted to show what a great place Augustow is to work and offer encouragement to our next generation of leaders as we help support BAT’s transformation journey.”
Find out more about BAT’s Global Graduate Programme – and where you could fit in across our business – by visiting our dedicated careers website, careers.bat.com .
Our New Category ambitions in focus
Our Chief Marketing Officer, Kingsley Wheaton, chats to Sky News Business Presenter, Ian King, live from Abu Dhabi.Read article 28 November 2019
Simplifying our New Category brands
Our Chief Marketing Officer Kingsley Wheaton on why the time is right to simplify our New Category brand portfolio.Watch video 28 November 2019
BAT has today announced that we are creating three global brands for our New Category product portfolio as we further accelerate the growth of our New Category business:
- VUSE for vapour products
- VELO for modern oral products
- GLO for tobacco heating products
In the video above, our Chief Marketing Officer, Kingsley Wheaton, explains that, as BAT focuses on becoming a stronger, simpler, faster organisation, now is the right time to make this move.
He says: “We want to lead the industry across all our New Category products and believe the time is now right to simplify our brand portfolio, creating three strong, recognisable and trusted global brands.”
BAT hailed for IWD best practice
We've been acknowledged as an example of best practice by the organisers of the annual International Women’s Day celebrations.Read article 11 November 2019
Public Health England issues advice on vaping
Public Health England (PHE) has reiterated its support for the vaping category in light of the ongoing debate surrounding vaping and lung disease in the US.Read article 29 October 2019
Mental health focus: Jo’s journey
On World Mental Health Day, Jo, one of our Healthy Minds Champions, discusses wellness and her own mental health journey.Read article 10 October 2019
Looking back on an incredible summer for B United
Our short video recaps on a hugely successful summer 2019 for our lesbian, gay, bi, and trans (LGBT+) employee network, B United.Watch video 09 October 2019
As the headline says, summer 2019 was a hugely successful one for our lesbian, gay, bi, and trans (LGBT+) employee network, B United.
We told you in June how B United was going from strength to strength as it celebrated its first anniversary since being rebranded from its predecessor, Lucky Tribe. Since then, the network’s members and allies have been busy spreading the word about diversity and inclusion at BAT.
In July we lit up our London headquarters in rainbow colours and flew a rainbow flag to celebrate Pride month. This was followed by B United members attending Pride parades in London and Mexico – for the first time ever under the B United banner. Our short video above recaps on these events and more, as well as giving a general overview of the great work that B United does all year round.
As B United President, Damian De Conno, says in the video: “At B United we want to make sure that everyone who works for BAT is able to openly and honestly be themselves. When you walk into a BAT office, you should feel as proud about yourself as you do about working for BAT. It’s about making BAT the best place to work.”
Find out more about B United and diversity at BAT.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration vaping illness update
The US Food and Drug Administration warns public to stop using THC-containing vaping products and any vaping products obtained off the street.Read article 06 October 2019
Our business transformation showcased on CNN
Watch our Chief Marketing Officer Kingsley Wheaton's appearance on CNN’s flagship business programme Quest Means Business.Watch video 19 September 2019
Our Chief Marketing Officer, Kingsley Wheaton, appeared on CNN’s flagship business programme to discuss the transformation of our business and industry.
Following recent appearances on CNBC and BBC Radio 4, Kingsley visited CNN's London studio to talk to journalist Richard Quest, host of the globally-broadcast Quest Means Business.
On the show, Kingsley discussed our company's transformation, underpinned by our focus on New Category products. He also addressed recent reports from the U.S. in relation to vaping, as well as BAT’s commitment to responsible marketing and youth access prevention.
He said: "It is really important for consumers that we responsibly market these products, that we have sound regulation. We've invested nearly four billion dollars on this journey. We have 130 PhDs across our R&D superhubs, we have 50 toxicologists in Southampton ensuring only the right ingredients get to consumers."
WOW factor heralds ‘new beginning’ for women at CTC
Ceylon Tobacco Company – our subsidiary in Sri Lanka – is using the WOW factor to attract, develop and retain the best female talent.Read article 09 September 2019
10 years of our Probaho clean water initiative
Probaho now provides 400,000 litres of water daily to some of the rural areas of Bangladesh which are affected by arsenic-contaminated water.Watch video 08 August 2019
2019 marks the 10th anniversary of BAT Bangladesh’s Probaho clean water initiative.
Launched in 2009, Probaho now provides 400,000 litres of water daily through 78 filtration plants in some of the many rural areas of Bangladesh which are affected by arsenic-contaminated water. The initiative touches the lives of 200,000 beneficiaries every day.
The initiative is in keeping with our Group’s commitment to working towards enabling prosperous livelihoods for all farmers who supply our tobacco leaf. It also supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
One Probaho beneficiary said: “My children, my family, they all drink Probaho water. We drink it, cook it, wash with it.”
Another added: “Before Probaho we would spend a lot on healthcare. That’s changed now. Fewer illnesses, fewer trips to the doctor.”
Shehzad Munim, General Manager, BAT Bangladesh, said: “Probaho is a project that we are very proud of at BAT Bangladesh and demonstrates our commitment to improving the lives of people and communities where we operate. When the small actions of people add up to make something bigger than themselves, it creates a ripple effect – which makes projects like Probaho possible.”
Earlier this year, BAT Bangladesh launched a media campaign to drive further awareness of Probaho, all in keeping with the World Water Day 2019 theme of “leaving no-one behind”.
You can read more about Probaho and watch a video celebrating the 10 years of the initiative on its dedicated Facebook page .
Download our latest Sustainability Report to read about our work and progress across our three strategic focus areas: harm reduction, sustainable agriculture and farmer livelihoods, and corporate behaviour.
Introducing our Women in STEM initiative
Our Women in STEM initiative is aimed at attracting, developing and retaining women who can bring fresh perspectives to BAT as we accelerate our Transforming Tobacco ambition.Watch video 11 July 2019
Great talent and an engaging culture are key to BAT’s success – and diversity is a critical component of that. As we continue on our Transforming Tobacco journey and develop technologies and products which are relevant to our adult consumer base, we need to unlock the best talent and bring different perspectives to problem-solving.
That’s why we are launching our Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) initiative. Using external partnerships and internal learning and development platforms, the initiative aims to attract develop and retain more women in our Research & Development, Operations and Information & Digital Technology (IDT) functions.
In our video above, we hear from some of the women in ‘STEM’ roles who talk about the importance of this initiative and why it is the right time to work for BAT as a STEM professional.
We currently employ more than 21,000 people in ‘STEM’ roles around the world. We have range of scientists, engineers and technicians at all levels in our largest R&D centres in the UK, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brazil. Our engineers work in factories across the world on our cutting-edge and innovative products while our IDT hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Poland and Mexico are leading our digital transformation.
Marina Bellini, our Director, Digital and Information, says: “We are constantly looking for new solutions and to create a new future. We need people who can come up with different ways of looking at solutions, people who can approach innovation programmes with a slightly different touch. We need a diverse workforce to enable us to achieve some of these goals.”
In the UK, we have joined WISE , an organisation that enables people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in STEM by organising knowledge sharing and networking events, training and webinars. These types of partnerships, which we are looking to implement in key hubs across the business, will also provide female employees the opportunity to widen their network and interact with peers from other companies.
If you are interested in a career at BAT, visit careers.bat.com .
- Read more about diversity initiatives at BAT.
Our science website has been transformed
Find out more about the new-look bat-science.com and watch our Scientific Research Director discuss how science is powering innovation at BAT.Watch video 04 July 2019
Our dedicated science website, bat-science.com , has been transformed! The new-look site has been updated to showcase the science and innovation behind our potentially reduced-risk products (PRRPs).
The updated bat-science.com is intended for a broad audience, including public health communities, journalists, scientists, and consumers with an interest in science. It offers clear scientific information around vapour, tobacco heating and modern oral products, as well as a deep dive into scientific studies and product development.
It also features a range of videos and animations which bring to life how our products work, how they are tested and much more besides.
Among the new videos is one featuring our Scientific Research Director, Dr David O’Reilly, who talks about how science is powering innovation at BAT and plays a fundamental role in building trust in our products.
He says: “Our products go through robust scientific assessment to make sure they are as safe and satisfying as possible. We are building a strong scientific foundation behind each category and product.”
Watch David’s video above and visit the new-look bat-science website .
Transforming Tobacco in focus on CNBC
Watch our Chief Marketing Officer, Kingsley Wheaton, and Head of New Categories, R&D, Marina Trani, discuss topics including our Transforming Tobacco journey on world-renowned business news channel, CNBC.Watch video 26 June 2019
Our Chief Marketing Officer, Kingsley Wheaton, and Head of New Categories, R&D, Marina Trani, recently featured on world-renowned business news channel, CNBC, to discuss topics including our Transforming Tobacco journey.
Kingsley and Marina were interviewed by CNBC’s James Wright on the channel’s flagship programme, Marketing.Media.Money , which focuses on business leaders, brands and trends.
As well as discussing Transforming Tobacco, Kingsley also spoke about our potentially reduced-risk products and our global Formula One partnership with McLaren.
“It is probably the most exciting juncture for the tobacco business worldwide, and this is true of BAT as it is the industry”, said Kingsley. “We are on a pathway to transforming tobacco, the opportunity to move consumers from the combustible products… and market a whole new range of alternative tobacco and nicotine products which are potentially safer for consumers.”
Marina highlighted the world-class science behind our products as well as our journey to drive tobacco harm reduction. She explained the importance of technology and innovation, how we approach our portfolio and the need for quality and standards based on robust science.
“I believe R&D is the most important part of marketing because in these New Categories, the product is front and centre. It is our number one job to have a product that works well”, said Marina.
Pride month focus: Natalia’s story
We talk to Natalia about being part of our LGBT+ network, B United and the support she received from BAT during some testing times.Read article 19 June 2019
Proud to B United – introducing BAT’s LGBT+ network
As Pride month is celebrated around the world, we proudly shine a light on the great work being done by our LGBT+ employee network.Read article 13 June 2019
Celebrating Global Day of Parents
On Global Day of Parents, we talk to three of our mums and dads about what parenthood means to them.Read article 01 June 2019
What makes a BAT person?
‘We are progress-makers, convention-breakers. We are serious rainmakers.’ Watch our latest video to find out what makes a BAT person.Watch video 23 May 2019
“We are progress-makers, convention-breakers. We are serious rainmakers.” Our latest video, which you can watch above, brings a fresh new perspective on what a BAT person is made of.
The short video showcases the strengths of our diverse, driven and dynamic organisation, emphasising our variety of backgrounds and skills and how this gives us the edge to be a global leader.
It was made with the aim of showing pride in our heritage while at the same time making our employees excited about the future and the transformation currently underway at BAT.
Latest Grad Academy is a huge success
The latest BAT Grad Academy saw 129 graduates from 32 countries travelling to the UK for an action-packed fortnight of learning.Watch video 11 April 2019
The latest BAT Grad Academy saw 129 graduates from 32 countries travelling to the UK for an action-packed fortnight of learning.
The graduates spent two weeks finding out more about our business, undertaking a variety of sessions across areas including finance, supply chain, operations, regulation and marketing.
There were also sessions focusing on personal development, as well as lessons in leadership and Q&As with senior leaders including our Group Financial Controller, James Barrett and Group Head of Manufacturing, Corinne Burrows.
The grads’ main task was a business simulation competition where they had to ‘run’ their own business and present their strategy to senior BAT management.
Paulina Nainggolan, from BAT Indonesia, said: “Thanks to the Grad Academy, I’ve gained more insight and knowledge, which will be very important for my future career.”
Mashroor Faiyaz Khan, from BAT Bangladesh, added: “This wasn’t just a training session, it was such an interactive, engaging experience.”
The grads also enjoyed a trip to our London HQ, as well as a visit to our research and development hub in Southampton, UK, to find out more about our potentially reduced-risk products and the science behind our tobacco leaf process.
Welcoming our new Chief Executive
Meet Jack Bowles, BAT’s new Chief Executive. Jack takes over from Nicandro Durante, who has retired after more than 37 years with the company.Read article 01 April 2019
Improving access to clean water in Fiji
On World Water Day, we focus on how BAT’s Project AQUA is making a difference in Fiji by supplying local tobacco farming communities with a safe water supply.Read article 22 March 2019
Our global partners McLaren unveil new F1 car
Formula One giants McLaren – with whom BAT announced a global partnership on Monday – have unveiled their car for the 2019 season.Read article 15 February 2019
Celebrating BAT’s female scientists
On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we caught up with some of our female scientists who help us to deliver our Transforming Tobacco ambition.Watch video 11 February 2019
On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we caught up with some of our female scientists who help us to deliver our Transforming Tobacco ambition.
In this video above you can hear from some of our women scientists based in our Southampton, UK, R&D hub as they talk about their careers in science, and how BAT is helping to support them achieve their full potential.
Jessica Mushonganono, Toxicologist, talks about how she was always interested in science at school and how BAT allows her to grow as a scientist by offering many different development opportunities.
She says: “For any girls considering a career in science, I’d say do it. There are no barriers holding you back and if you’re committed, you can do it.”
Jenni Hawke, Sensory Scientist, talks about how science was always her calling and how BAT is a great place to work if you are interested in science.
She adds: “I still have the opportunity to learn and to grow and for me that is really important. The heart of science for me is curiosity and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”
David O’Reilly, Director, Scientific Research, comments:
“We are currently in the most dynamic period of change our industry has ever known. As part of our ambition to lead this change, we have been investing billions in R&D to design a transformational range of potentially reduced-risk alternatives to cigarettes. As we continue on our journey to transform our products, our company and our industry, it has never been a more exciting time to be a scientist at BAT.
“I’m delighted that we’re marking this day by showcasing some of the incredible talent and passion that is helping to fuel our transformation, and I hope that some of the work we are doing can inspire the next generation of women and girls in science.”
Gender diversity is one of the key focus areas of our Diversity & Inclusion agenda at BAT. Following a range of initiatives to improve gender diversity at all levels within the Group, representation of women in senior management has doubled since 2011, reaching 22% in 2018.
Stay tuned in the coming months to hear more about how BAT supports women in STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths.
Assessing the reduced-risk potential of our products
Our factsheet explains the scientific approach we take to assessing the reduced-risk potential of our vapour and tobacco heating products.Read article 05 February 2019
We’re a Global Top Employer again!
We are proud to announce that BAT has been named as a Global Top Employer for the second year running.Read article 31 January 2019
BAT Kenya celebrates workplace transformation
BAT Kenya has unveiled its transformed Nairobi headquarters, marking an important milestone for its 'hub rejuvenation' project.Watch video 10 January 2019
BAT Kenya has unveiled its transformed Nairobi headquarters, marking an important milestone for its “hub rejuvenation” project.
The transformation, designed to embody the BAT East & Central Africa Area (ECAA) mantra of being “Energised, Collaborative and Agile”, has resulted in a modern workspace that is truly fit for the future.
The new offices, opened last year, house the manufacturing and commercial operations for all BAT’s East & Central Africa Area (ECAA) operation.
Area Director, Beverley Spencer-Obatoyinbo, said: “The project team have delivered a wonderful commercial office space which has taken ECAA and its work environment into a completely creative and innovative realm. I know that this ‘great place to work’ will deliver even more energy, collaboration and agility across the organisation. This is just the beginning of our transformational journey here in ECAA and I’m very excited for what the future holds.”
2018 saw BAT Kenya named as a national Employer of the Year for a second successive year, as well as again receiving Top Employer status from Top Employers Institute.
We’re a top employer again in Asia-Pacific!
BAT celebrated being named as a Top Employer Asia-Pacific for the second successive year at a ceremony held in Singapore last week.Read article 20 December 2018
NextGenBAT: our latest global graduates
Graduates from more than 40 different countries touched down in the UK for BAT’s latest Global Graduate Academy.Watch video 23 November 2018
A group of 117 passionate Global Graduates from more than 40 different countries touched down in the UK recently for BAT’s latest Global Graduate Academy. The grads enjoyed 12 days of intensive development and heard from senior leaders at BAT, including CEO, Nicandro Durante, and Group HR Director, Giovanni Giordano.
For the first time since last year’s acquisition, delegates from Reynolds American Inc joined the Academy, making it the largest and most international one we’ve ever hosted!
Among the activities the young men and women participated in included two business simulations which enhanced their overall view of the business. They also worked to develop their leadership capabilities, while networking with colleagues from around the world.
Stephen Filotas, BAT’s Group Head of Trade, Marketing & Distribution was one of the senior leaders who graduates were able to learn from. He said: “(At the Graduate Academy) you find very diverse cultures, very bright people. Everyone was extremely energetic, involved and engaged.”
Take a look at our video to hear from the graduates themselves as we introduce #NextGenBAT.
We’re launching a range of benefits to help new parents at BAT balance their home and work livesWatch video 22 October 2018
A new range of benefits will help new parents at BAT balance their home and work lives during the first year of parenthood, wherever in the world they are based.
The initiative – called Parents@BAT – offers a minimum of 16 weeks’ fully paid maternity leave for new mothers and adoptive parents and a return-to-work guarantee. It also includes flexible working opportunities and an online advice service offering coaching support.
Parents@BAT, effective from 1 January 2019, offers significantly better terms than existing legal requirements in a number of our markets. The minimum 16 weeks’ fully paid maternity leave element of the initiative goes above and beyond local requirements in 26 countries, including: United States, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan, Nigeria, Argentina, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt and Pakistan.
While Parents@BAT provides minimum guidelines, BAT’s support for new parents already goes far beyond these, and local statutory requirements, in many countries. In the UK, for example, parents on maternity leave receive six months’ full pay and pro-rata bonus, statutory pay for three months and a return to work guarantee.
Nicandro Durante, CEO at BAT, said: “We want to ensure no-one at BAT has to choose between their career and their family and that’s why this will be available to colleagues all over the world. We are proud to be offering this new range of parental benefits on a global scale and we are looking forward to seeing the changes this will hopefully make to the lives of both our current and future employees.”
You can read more about Parents@BAT here.
Fortune favours RAI in best workplaces list
Reynolds American Inc., our business in the U.S, receives two pieces of recognition that herald it as a ‘great place to work’.Read article 15 October 2018
We’re a top employer in Africa
British American Tobacco is named as a Top Employer Africa for the second year in a row.Read article 04 October 2018
We are BAT
We are a truly global company with a highly successful past and an exciting future ahead of us.Visit 'We are BAT' 17 September 2018
On the BAT career journey in Northern Europe
Watch our short video to get an idea of what it's like to work for British American Tobacco in Northern Europe Area.Watch video 22 August 2018
Watch our short video to get an idea of what it's like to work for British American Tobacco in Northern Europe Area (NEA).
Titled ‘How do you want your day to be?’, the video focuses on Kristina, based in our office in Copenhagen, Denmark. It gives a ‘day in the life’ view of someone who has progressed in her BAT career from intern to global graduate to manager for one of our biggest brands in Northern Europe.
In the video, Kristina – since promoted to Head of Shopper Marketing in NEA – talks about her career progression, and the importance of having the support of her colleagues, both inside and outside of work, as they go through their BAT journeys together.
“I love being challenged”, Kristina says in the video. “But also to get the opportunity to go as far as I want. Together with my colleagues. My friends.”
Learning with Lynda.com
We’ve teamed up with LinkedIn’s Lynda.com to transform the way our employees learn and develop their careers.Read article 07 August 2018
Tobacco harm reduction in focus
Read a factsheet explaining our approach and commitment to tobacco harm reductionRead article 07 June 2018
BAT is recognised as a Global Top Employer
We are proud to have been recognised as a Global Top Employer for 2018.Read article 15 February 2018
What our employees had to say about working at BAT
Our ‘Your Voice’ employee engagement survey gives our people the opportunity to say how well they think BAT is performing on a range of topics.Watch video 9 January 2018
Our ‘Your Voice’ employee engagement survey gives our people around the world the chance to have their say on how well we are doing on topics including strategy, sustainability, recognition and diversity.
A massive 44,000 employees responded to our 2017 survey, with the results showing that we are performing very well in many areas – often, much better than the norm for large global companies like ours.
Watch our video to find out more about our results and discover how we are performing against our comparators. And, if you would like to add your voice to those who are proud to work for British American Tobacco, visit bat-careers.com, where you can find out more about opportunities at our company and be directed to our latest vacancies.
We are BAT - Bangladesh
Our work to provide a village with better access to safe drinking water is the focus of the second follow-up to our company video, We are BAT.Watch video 13 November 2017
The 'We are BAT' video journey we started earlier this year continues as we take you to Bangladesh to highlight the work being done to provide a village farming community in Kushtia with better access to safe drinking water.
In the original film, we heard from one of BAT’s contracted farmers, Abdul, about the benefits of the “Probaho” clean water initiative. We now go back to the same community and hear from Zunaeed, Regional Leaf Manager for BAT Bangladesh, who highlights the effect of the initiative on the people of Kushtia.
Launched in 2009, Probaho helps to ensure 170,000 people a day in Bangladesh benefit from better access to safe drinking water, thanks to 65 new water filtration plants we have installed.
“I am very much proud to be part of BAT Bangladesh,” says Zunaeed. “Having a legacy of more than 100 years, contributing to almost 33,000 farming families, to improve their livelihood and economic development.” He adds: “We are helping the farmers to build a better and safer world.”
The Probaho project has had a huge impact on those responsible for collecting the family’s water each day who no longer have to travel long distances. Shahanaj is a resident of Kushtia and teacher at the school she attended as a child. She says: “The people in my neighbourhood are happier now.”
The Probaho initiative also features in our brand-new Focus Report on Sustainable Agriculture and Farmer Livelihoods. Download it to learn more about how we support the 350,000+ farmers we work with in 34 countries to help them thrive.
You can see our first follow-up video, focusing on two members of our Trade Marketing and Distribution team in Johannesburg, South Africa, here.
NGP progress showcased at Capital Markets Day
We were proud to showcase our commitment to and progress in Next Generation Products (NGP) at a Capital Markets Day for investors and analysts on 25 October.Read article 25 October 2017
RAI among employee engagement ‘elite’
Award recognises top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workforcesRead article 4 October 2017
We are BAT - South Africa
In a follow-up to our company video, employees in South Africa share their experiences of working for BAT.Watch video 7 September 2017
Earlier this year, we launched our company video, We are BAT. The video aimed to show the world what a modern, 21st century tobacco company looks like by shining a spotlight on some of the people who help make us the organisation we are today.
One of the stories we heard in the original We Are BAT film was from a sales representative in South Africa, who told the cameras: “I feel like the sky’s the limit on what you can achieve.”
And in our follow-up video we hear from two fellow members of our Trade Marketing and Distribution team in Johannesburg, who talk about the opportunities for professional development that come with working for BAT.
Through their story, we hope you’ll get a sense of the incredible teamwork, camaraderie and passion that goes into making us a progressive company that’s proud of its heritage and excited about the future.
BAT brings light to 3,000 lives in Pakistan
How Pakistan Tobacco Company (PTC), has brought the gift of light to a remote village.Watch video 31 March 2017
Pakistan Tobacco Company (PTC), our subsidiary in Pakistan, has brought light to a remote village in the north west of the country. PTC partnered with the government of the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to provide solar energy kits for around 3,000 people in the village of Peerano Bala. Nestled in a valley between two mountains, Peerano Bala is cut off from proper roads and has always been without electricity. PTC sources a large proportion of its tobacco from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and this initiative is an example of its commitment to give back to the communities in which it operates. The impact of the project is demonstrated in this video.
Opening the doors to a flagship store
Take a look inside our world-first Vype store in Milan.Read article 24 March 2017
Graduates who touched down in London in February to take part in our first ever Graduate Academy tell us why they were excited to be there.Watch video 20 March 2017
Graduates from around the world who touched down in London in February to take part in BAT’s first ever Graduate Academy tell us why they were excited to be there.
The action-packed two-week academy is the formal learning element of our Global Graduate Programme to develop a next generation of leaders for BAT. More than 50 graduates – representing 18 different nationalities – took part in the Academy. Before flying in for ten days of stretch and challenge, they were asked to submit videos on what excited them most about taking part in the Academy. Within hours the videos came streaming in, shot with background views that reflected the diversity of the graduate’s end markets: from white-sand beaches to glass-walled cityscapes. Common themes include being excited about meeting new people, engaging with senior leaders – including our Chief Executive and HR Director – and building international networks.
Learn more about our Global Graduate Programme at careers.bat.com.
Your 90-second guide to BAT
Watch a 90-second video about our business – our performance, our products, our people and our strategy.Watch video 13 March 2017
Produced to feature in an interactive version of our Annual Report 2016, this 90-second animation is a quick and simple introduction to our business – our performance, our products, our people and our strategy. Blended together, we believe they provide a winning mix which enables us to, year-on-year, deliver today while investing in tomorrow.
To find out more about our business and our performance in 2016, take a look at an interactive version of our annual report in our Annual Reporting section.
Inspiring women in Bangladesh
BAT Bangladesh had extra reason to celebrate on International Women’s DayRead article 9 March 2017
We are BAT – our company video
The people who help make us the company we are today take centre stage in our company video, We are BAT.Watch video 30 January 2017
The video presents our business through the eyes of our employees and those we work with and support around the world.
We believe their stories show who we are: a progressive company that’s proud of its heritage and excited about the future
Produced during 2016, We are BAT was filmed in five locations in four continents. It features people living different lives in diverse countries but who share a common pride and commitment in what they do.
You’ll hear from BAT scientists in the UK involved in developing a next generation of potentially less harmful nicotine products; a sales representative supporting retailers in South Africa; and a farmer in Brazil whose family has been supplying us with tobacco for three generations.
Also featured is a community in Bangladesh which has access to clean drinking water thanks to a water purification plant provided by BAT, while we also hear the thoughts of a management trainee embarking on a career with our company.
We’re proud of the video and the people who took part in it. It’s through their words that we aim to show some of the ways we are contributing to the livelihoods of people around the world and meeting the evolving needs of our consumers with innovative Next Generation Products.