Ensuring confidence in our processes
Building on our long history of open engagement with our stakeholders, this is the third year we invited our Independent Stakeholder Panel, formed of key opinion leaders, to offer comment on the materiality of our Sustainability Report and a collective opinion on BAT’s performance. In addition, the consultancy Corporate Citizenship also provide limited assurance of selected ESG data in our ESG Report.
The Stakeholder Panel members are::
Philippa Foster Back CBE, Director of the Institute of Business Ethics (Panel chair) – an education charity whose purpose is to promote high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values.
Scott Ballin, Health Policy Adviser – Scott has spent more than 40 years involved in issues related to tobacco and health and is a key opinion leader on tobacco harm reduction.
Prof John Boardman , Emeritus Fellow, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford – John has published over 150 papers primarily focused on soil management and land degradation.
Marion Durose, Partner at Safe Space Collaboration LLP – an independent consultancy and training firm focused on Modern Slavery and Human Rights using dialogue, facilitation and mediation to bring parties together to agree a fair action plan on issues relating to worker exploitation in supply chains.
Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen, Owner and Director at ORCA & Co. ApS – a strategy advisory firm committed to working with companies and capital owners to maximise business value and societal impact by placing environmental, social and governance at the heart of decision making.
We also provide a response to the Panel’s statement as part of our commitment to continuous improvement.
The independent statements, as well as our response to the Panel’s statement, for our reporting in the previous years can viewed below.
Stakeholder Panel’s independent statement for BAT’s 2019 Sustainability Strategy Report and BAT’s response (2.4 mb)
Corporate Citizenship limited assurance statement on selected ESG data in our ESG Report (0.9 mb)
Previous independent assurance statements
Download the independent assurance statements for our previous reports as print-friendly PDFs
Stakeholder Panel’s independent statement for BAT’s 2018 Sustainability Report and BAT’s response (189 kb)
EY's Independent assurance statement on selected 2018 sustainability data (26 kb)
Independent assurance statements for BAT Sustainability Report 2017 (717 kb)
Independent assurance statements for BAT Sustainability Report 2016 (523 kb)
Independent assurance statement for Sustainability Summary 2015 (422 kb)
Our response to assurance for Sustainability Summary 2015 (373 kb)
Independent assurance statement for Sustainability Summary 2014 (90 kb)
Our response to assurance for Sustainability Summary 2014 (106 kb)
Independent assurance statement for Sustainability Summary 2013 (331 kb)
Our response to assurance for Sustainability Summary 2013 (252 kb)
Independent assurance statement for Harm reduction Focus Report 2014 (186 kb)
Independent assurance statement for Sustainable farmers’ livelihoods Focus Report 2014 (229 kb)
Independent assurance statement for A Focus on Integrity Report 2013 (68 kb)
Independent assurance statement for A Focus on Harm Reduction Report 2013 (68 kb)