Business Ethics

Operating with honesty, integrity and transparency is not only the right thing to do – it is critical to the continuing success of our business.

In an organisation as diverse and multinational as BAT, it is essential that we work to a consistent set of rules and standards of behaviour across the Group. This is particularly relevant in the complex and challenging times we face today, such as political change, economic instability, and increasing external expectations and legislation.

Standards of Business Conduct

Our Standards of Business Conduct (SoBC) comprise the core global policies that express the high standards we are committed to upholding, covering topics including Speak Up, bribery and corruption, political contributions, tax evasion and money laundering.

Standards of Business Conduct 2020 (2.0 mb)

International Marketing Principles

BAT has adopted a set of globally consistent International Marketing Principles that embody our commitment to marketing appropriately to adult smokers.

We believe that manufacturers and retailers of tobacco products should be allowed to communicate with adults who choose to consume tobacco. Our intention is not to persuade people, whether adults or youths, to start or continue smoking.

International Marketing Principles (0.1 mb)

Supplier Code of Conduct

BAT’s Supplier Code of Conduct complements our Group Standards of Business Conduct by defining the minimum standards we expect our suppliers to adhere to in order to supply goods or services to any BAT Group company.

This builds upon our long-standing commitment to operating to the highest standards of corporate conduct for both our own business operations and our wider supply chain. It also supports our continuing commitment to respect human rights and uphold international standards, including the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Supplier Code of Conduct (1.4 mb) 

Environmental Policy

We are a global company with a global footprint. We recognise that good environmental management is not only the right thing to do, but also makes sound business sense given how much we depend on natural resources for our operations. Securing access to these resources, as well as being prepared for future changes and the impacts of climate change, is key to ensuring the sustainability of our business.

Group Environment Policy (43 kb) 

Health and Safety Policy Statement

We aim to apply the best international standards of practice in protecting and enhancing the health and safety of employees at work and non-company personnel on company premises. The Statement is backed by detailed specific requirements.

Health and Safety Policy Statement (31 kb) 

See also Health and safety

Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) Manual

BAT respects the right of access to information as enshrined in the South African Constitution, and promotes a culture of transparency, accountability, and good corporate governance.

BAT South Africa PAIA Manual (49 kb) 

Employment Principles

The Employment Principles we adhere to build on our commitment to good employment practices and workplace related human rights.

Employment Principles (105 kb) 

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