Our people

Treating people equally and with respect

We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We promote a working environment where everyone can be themselves without risk of discrimination or harassment.

What does this mean for JTI?

Disrespectful behavior, discrimination and harassment are against JTI values.

Discrimination occurs when a person, or group of people, is treated less favorably than another person or group based on gender, age, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, ethnic background, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law. Discrimination has no place in JTI.

JTI does not tolerate harassment which is defined as any ongoing or repeated behavior which may pressure, intimidate, or offend someone and lead to mental, emotional, or physical suffering. This includes any physical, sexual, verbal, or written harassment.

Abuse of power, which is the improper use of a position of authority to unduly influence others, intimidation and violence are other forms of unacceptable behaviors in JTI.

We are dedicated to removing such behaviors from the workplace. We have a duty to ourselves and to one another to speak up and to act if something is not right.

What does this mean to me as an employee?

I value and respect cultures, opinions and lifestyles that differ from my own. I consider how my behavior might affect others. I avoid offensive, aggressive, or intimidating communication. I do not make suggestive sexual propositions or unwelcome physical gestures toward others.

If anyone displays disrespectful behavior or any form of discrimination or harassment in the workplace, I am encouraged to either resolve it by providing feedback or to report it to my line manager, my P&C Business Partner, or a member of the Business Ethics Team via Your Voice.

As a line manager, I embrace diversity and treat colleagues equally and with respect. I make decisions that are fair and unbiased. I do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment and immediately act on concerns shared with me and on unacceptable behaviors within my team.

What does this mean for our business partners?

Our business partners are expected to provide working conditions that treat workers with respect and fairness and ensure that no worker is subjected to any form of discrimination, harassment, violence, abuse of power or intimidation.

Here are some examples of insensitive or offensive behavior:

  • Inappropriate or offensive humor
  • Comments of a sexual nature or disrespectful comments
  • Expressing racist, sexist, or homophobic opinions
  • Humiliating an employee or a group of employees, for example by pointing out their mistakes in front of others
  • Marginalizing individuals or groups, for example by unduly excluding them from activities or conversations
  • Verbal abuse, insults, aggressive behavior against certain employees or groups.

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