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.

Our approach

The JT Group operates in parts of the world where human rights are at risk. We strive to make a positive impact on communities in these territories by helping to make sure the highest standards of behavior are upheld within our business and our value chain. At the same time, we also aim to reduce risks to the Company that occur through exposure to human rights violations.

We have made significant progress in some areas, including by working to prevent child labor in tobacco farming communities, by working closely with our tobacco leaf suppliers on labor standards, and on a daily basis in the workplace.

More generally, we have sent out a strong message on the importance of human rights through our Codes of Conduct.

Launching a human rights policy

Although we have been identifying and addressing human rights issues in our day-to-day operations, over the past two years we have been working on a more systematic approach to human rights issues.

As a result, in September 2016 we launched the JT Group Human Rights Policy, which commits us to respect human rights across our global operations as expressed in the International Bill of Human Rights and in the ILO’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

The policy follows the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and helps to deliver on our management principles as set out in our “4S” model. The policy complements our Codes of Conduct.

Find out more about our human rights ‘training programs’ or ‘due diligence process’ in our latest JT Group Sustainability Report.

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

JTI UK Modern Slavery Statement

In June 2017, JTI UK, the JT Group's UK subsidiary, published a statement pursuant to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 of the United Kingdom.

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