Our business integrity

Exchanging gifts, hospitality and entertainment

We do not encourage the exchange of gifts, hospitality and entertainment (GHE), but we recognize that occasional GHE is common business practice.

What does this mean for JTI?

A gift is anything of value that is given or received without payment in return. Hospitality and entertainment include paid-for events, accommodation, meals and beverages.

We always have to be transparent when exchanging gifts, hospitality and entertainment, as these could otherwise be seen as a bribe or a conflict of interest.

What does this mean to me as an employee?

I follow the GHE principles before offering or accepting any GHE.

I do not let the exchange of GHE influence my business decisions.

Any GHE exchanged with a government official or organization, regardless of value, must be approved.

What does this mean for our business partners?

Business partners appointed to act on our behalf are expected to comply with our GHE principles and to request prior approval for any GHE exchange.

According to our GHE principles, GHE must:

  1. Be in line with applicable legislation and local custom.
  2. Be reasonable and proportionate, occasional and appropriate.
  3. Not create a conflict of interest between employees and third parties.
  4. Not be given or received to obtain an improper advantage, or to reward or induce, improper performance.
  5. Not be cash, vouchers, or coupons that can be exchanged for cash.
  6. Be fully disclosed for approval purposes. Disclosure must reflect the purpose, the full GHE cost, and include the list of all participants, including JTI employees.

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