Environmental management

In our more complex operations, we align our approach to environmental management with internationally recognized standards – ISO 14001 and ISO 50001*. In our smaller and less complex operations in Japan (B*), we have implemented our own ‘JT Green System’, which promotes a simple and consistent approach to environmental management.

ISO 14001, which was revised in 2015, encourages businesses to think more broadly about environmental issues – not only those associated with their direct operations, but throughout their entire value chains. We have successfully aligned our environmental management systems with the revised standard. A revised ISO 50001 standard was issued in 2018 and we are in the process of broadening our approach to energy management according to the new framework. We are also working to streamline and better integrate our environmental and energy management systems with other business considerations, such as quality, occupational health and safety, and business continuity.

To objectively review our approach to environmental management and our overall performance, we use external disclosures and ratings agencies, such as CDP and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

We are proud to report that in 2018 we achieved leadership status for CDP Climate Change and management status for CDP Water Security. We also greatly improved our rating in DJSI’s environmental dimension, and achieved the maximum score in Environmental Reporting.

* ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 are the internationally recognized standards for environmental management systems and energy management systems, respectively. These standards do not prescribe absolute performance requirements. Rather, they provide us with a framework to help build effective management systems that deliver continual improvement in environmental and energy performance.

ISO 14001 Certification

We use ISO 14001 as the framework for our environmental management systems to manage significant environmental aspects. We have this KPI to track the proportion of our cigarette and tobacco related factories that are certified to ISO 14001. We have a target to achieve 100% ISO 14001 certification of those factories by 2020.

Find out more about the data for current and past certification of our factories.