News Release

BAT makes Gartner Supply Chain top 20 for the first time

08 June 2021

  • Second consecutive year BAT has been ranked in the prestigious Gartner Supply Chain Top 25
  • BAT placed 19th in 2021, up from 21st in 2020
  • Supply chain excellence is a key driver of BAT’s A Better Tomorrow™ purpose

BAT has been ranked 19th in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2021 – marking the first time BAT has made the top 20 of this prestigious ranking.

In its second consecutive year in the Gartner rankings, BAT has moved up two places, from 21st in 2020. The Gartner rankings recognise companies globally who have demonstrated excellence in supply chain management, effectively navigating through the COVID landscape.

As BAT evolves into a consumer-centric multi-category consumer products and brands business, its transformation is being powered by the latest digital technology. This allows BAT to respond with greater agility and resilience to the complexity of its growing, new category portfolio supply chain. This transformation is underpinned by BAT’s commitment to put ESG front and centre of its operations, with sustainability firmly embedded into its supply chain management strategies.

BAT’s Group Operations Director Zafar Khan said: “We are honoured to have our supply chain operations recognised in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 rankings for the second year in a row. To move up the ranks during a global pandemic is testament to the hard work and excellence of BAT’s operations teams across the world.

“Best-in-class supply chain management has been critical to BAT’s transformation, as we realise our A Better Tomorrow purpose by becoming a multi-category business - all while navigating the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Throughout our supply chain we are applying modern technologies including AI and machine learning, making analytics available at the touch of a button. This has a positive impact on day-to-day operations management and also helps BAT deliver on its ESG goals, putting sustainability front and centre of all we do.”

About the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

The Supply Chain Top 25 ranking comprises two main components: business performance and opinion. Business performance in the form of public financial and ESG (environmental, social, governance) data provides a view into how companies have performed in the past, while the opinion component offers an eye to future potential and reflects leadership in the supply chain community. These two components are combined into a total composite score.

Gartner analysts derive a list of companies from a combination of the Fortune Global 500 and the Forbes Global 2000. In an effort to maintain the list of companies evaluated at a manageable level, a general annual revenue threshold of $12 billion has been applied.

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