Independent supplier reviews

Percentage of suppliers reviewed

Goal: Independent on-site reviews conducted on 100% of our leaf operations and suppliers every three years as part of the Sustainable Tobacco Programme (STP)

Percentage of total leaf operations and suppliers where independent on-site reviews have been conducted since STP implementation in June 2016

2016 2017 2018
21% 50% 100%

We conduct due diligence on 100% of our own leaf operations and third-party suppliers through the STP, which covers issues such as safe working conditions, preventing child and forced labour, and environmental protection. It is aligned to international standards, such as those from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and is independently managed by a supply chain management company.

We use the results of self-assessments and on-site reviews to work with suppliers to drive corrective action and improvements. In the event of any serious and/or persistent issues, or where suppliers fail to demonstrate a willingness to improve performance, we reserve the right to terminate the business relationship.

Since the current STP was implemented in 2016, three rounds of self-assessments have been completed, with 62 independent on-site reviews conducted, covering 100% of our total supply base.

During 2018, the STP Steering Committee, formed by industry members, including BAT, conducted a review of the programme and plans are in place to continue to evolve and improve the STP. These aim to improve transparency and reporting on how we are managing the sustainability impacts of our practices in the supply chain. We will continue to collaborate with the rest of the industry to refine the programme throughout 2019.
You can read more about the industry-wide Sustainable Tobacco Programme at .