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Engaging with business partners

Our business partners are critical to our success. They are carefully selected based on criteria including compliance with laws and regulations, business integrity, quality, health and safety, human rights, labor standards and environmental management.

What does this mean for JTI?

Our business partners include our customers, suppliers, growers, and any other parties with whom we have a commercial relationship.

All business partners must be willing to comply with JTI’s Business Partners Standards.

The JTI Agricultural Labor Practices (‘ALP’) program focuses on improving labor practices on the tobacco farms where we source our tobacco. The program covers child labor, rights of workers and workplace health and safety.

What does this mean to me as an employee?

I support JTI’s efforts to maintain high standards across our supply chain, by maintaining strong relationships with business partners, built on clear expectations and mutual respect.

Before engaging with a Business Partner, I am responsible to identify and verify the appropriate degree of due diligence and ensure the Business Partner certification process is completed.

What does this mean for our business partners?

We count on our business partners to respect the law, promote ethical business practices, and uphold our high standards.

All directly contracted growers and third-party leaf merchants supplying tobacco to JTI are encouraged to uphold our Agricultural Labor Practices (ALP).

Agricultural Labor Practices in action

During the growing season, one of our Agronomy Technician’s paid regular visits to a contracted grower. On one of his visits, he noticed the grower applying Crop Protection Agents (also called ‘CPAs’) without wearing the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided by JTI. The Agronomy Technician explained the risks associated with handling CPAs without the correct PPE and invited the grower to join a training session on CPA management in his area, organized with our support. During the next CPA application period, our Agronomy Technician was happy to see the grower wearing the PPE provided.

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