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British American Tobacco named as one of the most sustainable companies in the world

13 February 2020

British American Tobacco (BAT) has been named as one of the most sustainable companies in the world in the 2019 SEAL Business Sustainability Awards, which celebrate leadership, transparency, and commitment to sustainable business practices.

BAT has been awarded the SEAL Organizational Impact Award, which recognises overall corporate sustainability performance and represents the 50 most sustainable companies globally.

Winners were selected by combining and ranking the aggregated results of two rigorous, world-class sustainability assessments - the recently-released 2019 CDP A-List  and the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment .

Simon Cleverly, Group Head of Corporate Affairs at BAT, said: “Our approach to sustainability is at the heart of our plans to build a long-term sustainable business and we have a clear purpose to provide consumers with a range of potentially less harmful products. We are also clear that our long-term sustainability will rely on successful delivery against all other environmental, social and governance measures. We are delighted that our integrated approach to sustainability, which drives value for consumers, employees, shareholders and wider society, has been recognised by inclusion on this prestigious list of top-performing global companies.”

Matt Harney, SEAL Awards’ Founder, adds: “Companies, CEOs and corporate boards have a simple but not easy choice before them: whether or not to exhibit real leadership by investing in sustainable business practices. The sustainability leaders – like our SEAL Award recipients – can secure lasting legacies for their grandchildren and corporate stakeholders alike; ESG leaders will have reputations and balance sheets that survive the climate crisis. Our mission at SEAL is to rigorously assess and then celebrate extraordinary sustainability leadership. We are excited to present this elite and impactful 2019 award winner group.”

Notes to Editors

About the SEAL Awards

  • The SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Awards is an awards-driven environmental advocacy organisation.
  • Our core beliefs maintain that our environmental progress requires true leadership and sustainability leaders deserve recognition.
  • The SEAL Awards organisational pillars are:
    • Environmental Journalism Awards
    • Impact Projects
    • Environmental Research Grants
  • For more information, please visit 


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