Some of our data has been externally verified.
We will consider expanding the scope of assurance of our non-financial data.
We commissioned an independent body to provide assurance of Group-wide energy, which includes renewable electricity, and Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We also commissioned them to provide assurance of certain categories of Scope 3 GHG emissions: namely, Category 1, purchased goods and services in our Japanese domestic tobacco business; Category 1, leaf-related emissions; and Category 6, business travel in our international tobacco business. In addition to GHG emissions data, our water withdrawal, and waste related data (including each of the sub-categories, i.e. waste recycled, incinerated, with/without heat recovery, and land filled), have been externally assured.
Assurance was provided against ISO 14064-3 for GHG emissions data and ISAE 3000 for the other data.
Health and safety data
Our international tobacco business commissioned an independent services body to provide limited-level verification over occupational health and safety performance data, and underlying data management systems. Assurance was carried out against the International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000.