Our business integrity

Fighting bribery and corruption

We do not tolerate bribery or corruption in any form.

What does this mean for JTI?

We are committed to acting with integrity in all our business dealings and have a zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption in all countries in which we operate.

Bribery involves giving or receiving something of value (typically money) in return for a business advantage. Corruption is the abuse of power for personal gain.

Facilitation payments are a form of bribery and typically involve small gifts or payments to public officials in return for carrying out or speeding up a routine service.

Breaking bribery and corruption laws can result in criminal investigation and prosecution, as well as potential financial penalties for JTI and any employees involved.

What does this mean to me as an employee?

I do not participate in any form of bribery or corruption. In particular, if I am offered or asked for a bribe or facilitation payment, I refuse it and report it immediately to my local or regional Counsel or a member of the Compliance team.

I also keep in mind the possible bribery risks related to gifts, hospitality, entertainment, donations to government bodies, charitable donations and sponsorships.

What does this mean for our business partners?

We expect all our business partners including those appointed to act on our behalf, to fully comply with our zero-tolerance position on bribery and corruption as a condition of doing business with JTI.

JTI may terminate our agreement with any business partner who is found to have been involved in a form of bribery or corruption.

Living our values in practice

“I received repeated calls and emails from the sales agent of a prospective vendor. I told him the products he proposed did not meet our specifications. He called again, implying that he would be willing to pay me an extra 5% in ‘personal commission’ if JTI accepted his offer. I informed him that such practices are not in line with our values and our Code of Conduct, and asked him not to call JTI again. I immediately informed my manager.”

A PPO employee

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