Our role in society

Respecting human rights

Throughout our business operations, we respect the human rights of our employees, business partners and their workers, and the communities where we operate.

What does this mean for JTI?

Human rights are universal norms that apply equally to every person, irrespective of where they are in the world, covering such topics as equal opportunities, labor standards, freedom of speech and privacy.

We provide all employees with clear information on human rights and we conduct impact assessments to identify and mitigate potential human rights issues.

We collaborate with international organizations, non-governmental organizations and private companies to improve situations where human rights may be at risk. We take special precautions to mitigate the risk of child labor in our operations and work to eradicate child labor in communities where it is a culturally accepted practice.

What does this mean to me as an employee?

I expect JTI to respect my human rights. If I am concerned about a potential violation of my human rights or those of my colleagues, I speak up.

If I am a manager, I have a duty to ensure that the rights of employees in my team are respected. I handle any concern shared by an employee in line with the Guidelines for Line Managers.

What does this mean for our business partners?

All business partners are expected to adopt and maintain standards of labor practices and working conditions that comply with all applicable local laws and international conventions.

What situations could this apply to?

Here are some examples of situations that may lead to concern:

  • While on a tobacco farm, I noticed a child carrying a heavy tobacco load.
  • An independent NGO claims that laborers working for a leaf grower were working without any personal protective equipment.
  • I heard that a colleague was asked to work on weekends without HR being informed.
  • A colleague has been refused the right to join a trade union by their manager.

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