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01 April 2021

BAT recognised as an ESG leader for workforce transparency

BAT’s sustainability progress has been recognised with another piece of external recognition

We have been ranked in the top 10% of 141 responding companies by the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) for the third consecutive year.

The WDI is an annual investor rating, run by the investor group ShareAction and part funded by the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

The survey focuses on treatment of employees and workers in the supply chain covering topics such as diversity and inclusion, human rights, health and safety. The results are used by a coalition of 52 investor institutions, with US$6.5 trillion in assets under management.

In addition, the WDI has recognised us in its inaugural Workforce Transparency Awards. We were given special mentions in the 'COVID-19 transparency' and 'Workforce action' categories. These recognise our 2020 WDI response regarding our handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and actions taken to implement change for our workforce.

BAT’s Chief Executive, Jack Bowles, said: “We’re committed to delivering a positive social impact for our employees and people across our supply chain. Ultimately, it’s about building A Better Tomorrow for all our stakeholders. That’s why we’re proud to once again be in the top 10% of responding companies in the WDI 2020 survey.” 

Hae In Kim, Director of Talent, Culture and Inclusion added: “We’ve long said our employees are our greatest asset and, during what has been an unprecedented year, this has proven to be truer than ever. Our special mention for 'COVID-19 transparency and ‘Workforce action’ in the Workforce Transparency Awards is testament to this.”

BAT’s sustainability efforts and commitment to high standards have received notable independent recognition. These include our inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for 19 consecutive years (the only tobacco company to be listed in the prestigious World Index in 2020), a MSCI rating of BBB and CDP A List status.

You can find out more about the WDI ranking and awards on the ShareAction website .

Read our latest ESG Report to find out more about our overall approach and performance.