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07 February 2022

BAT strikes gold again as a sustainability leader

BAT has again been recognised as a sustainability leader after being listed once more in S&P Global's 2022 Sustainability Yearbook , achieving the highest award of a “gold class” distinction.

The yearbook is seen as one of the most comprehensive compilations on corporate sustainability.  Companies are included based on their scores in the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

BAT was the highest scoring tobacco company in the 2021 DJSI, with industry leading scores in 11 of the 24 categories assessed, while achieving a top score of 100% in six categories1.

“Gold class” distinction in the S&P yearbook is only awarded to companies in the top 1% of their industry and BAT was the only one of the 16 companies assessed in the tobacco industry to have achieved gold class status. Of the 716 companies included overall in the yearbook, only 10% receive “gold class” distinction. 

Anna Mitchell, Group Head of Business Communications and Sustainability at BAT said: “Continued recognition in the S&P’s Global Sustainability Yearbook and DJSI demonstrates how sustainability has been central to BAT’s business and ethos for decades.

“ESG is front and centre in all that we do, and our Sustainability Agenda is integral to our Group strategy and purpose to build A Better Tomorrow for all our stakeholders.”

S&P Sustainability Award Gold Class 2022This year more than 2,100 companies, representing over 45% of global market capitalisation, participated in the assessment on which this award is based.  More than 7,500 companies were assessed for potential inclusion in the Yearbook. 

Among the other companies awarded gold class status for 2022 are Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline and Reckitt Benckiser.

  1. Score date: 12 November 2021