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Our principles and standards

A set of key principles and standards guide the actions of all British American Tobacco Group companies worldwide.

For more information on our principles and standards, corporate governance and standards of corporate behaviour, visit the Group website .

*Please note that BAT South Africa is not responsible for external website content.

Statement of Business Principles

British American Tobacco South Africa adheres to the company’s three global business principles:

  1. Mutual benefit
  2. Responsible product stewardship
  3. Good corporate conduct

Together these form the basis of our responsible business conduct. A set of core beliefs supports each principle.

Statement of Business Principles (74 kb) 

Standards of Business Conduct

The Standards of Business Conduct are an integral part of British American Tobacco’s governance and, together with the Business Principles, underpin our commitment to high standards of corporate responsibility.

Standards of Business Conduct: September 2014 - interactive version

Standards of Business Conduct: September 2014 - print-friendly PDF (1 mb) 

Principles of Engagement

British American Tobacco is committed to corporate transparency. We recognise that as a responsible company, all engagement activities we undertake must be guided by internal standards. The principles and standards set out here form British American Tobacco’s ‘Principles for Engagement’.

All Group companies and employees are required to act in accordance with these Principles.  British American Tobacco supports third parties on policy issues of mutual interest, but will never ask a third party to conduct itself in any way that contravenes our ‘Principles for Engagement’.

Principles of Engagement (109 kb)  

International Marketing Principles

British American Tobacco 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 (472 kb) 

Supplier Code of Conduct

British American Tobacco’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 British American Tobacco 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

British American Tobacco accepts that our companies’ operations affect the environment and we are committed to following high standards of environmental protection, adhering to the principles of sustainable development and protecting biodiversity.

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

British American Tobacco 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)