Respecting Human Rights

Striving to Address Human Rights Issues in Our Value Chain

The JT Group often operates in areas of the world where human rights may be at risk. We can make a difference in these regions by making sure that the highest standards of behavior are upheld within our value chain.

Strengthening Our Foundations

We already focus on addressing human rights issues in several areas, for instance within our own workforce and in terms of good labor practices among our farmers. But to broaden our understanding of where risks might lie elsewhere across our Group and in our supply chain, in 2015 we interviewed more than 100 executives in our international tobacco business across 16 countries, asking them about what they perceived to be the biggest human rights risks and how our business might prevent and mitigate such risks. We carried out a similar exercise in Japan,
where we engaged with 20 different parts of the business to better understand potential human rights risks.

In 2015 we began work on drafting a JT Group Human Rights Policy that will align with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The Policy launched in 2016 was developed in consultation with stakeholders, and it formalizes and details our commitment to respect human rights within our operations and in our value chain.

In 2015 we carried out research on potential human rights risks related to our stakeholders. The results of this work will guide the development of our human rights due diligence process, which includes the identification, management, monitoring, and reporting of key issues.

This policy has been approved by the Board of Directors of Japan Tobacco Inc.

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