The JT Group principles in leaf tobacco production

The JT Group principles in leaf tobacco production

The JT Group principles in leaf tobacco production

JT Group conducts business following our Management Principles, the 4S model, under which "we strive to fulfill our responsibilities to our valued consumers, shareholders, employees and the wider society, carefully considering the respective interests of these four key stakeholder groups, and exceeding their expectations wherever we can."

JT Group secures a stable supply of quality tobacco that meets required standards at best cost through direct-procurement of leaf from growers and processes this leaf tobacco*1 at our designated factory (hereinafter the "leaf tobacco production").

To pursue our above mentioned Management Principles in the leaf tobacco production, we have established, and abide by, the following "JT Group Principles in Leaf Tobacco Production" in Origins where we do business.

  • Sustainable leaf tobacco production following the JT Group's Code of Conduct.
  • Adherence to the JT Group's Environmental Charter, which aims to reduce environmental impacts and ensure efficient use of natural resources while striving to conserve biodiversity.
  • Endeavor to produce leaf tobacco that satisfies consumers' requirements.
  • Strive to improve quality and integrity of leaf tobacco production through promotion of Good Agricultural Practice (GAP)*2.

The JT Group, together with our contracted growers, will promote:

  • Compliance with applicable national and local legislations;
  • Respectful treatment without applying any unlawful discrimination, abuse, or harassment of any kind to workers and prohibition of use of child labor and/or use any form of forced or compulsory labor to workers;
  • Reasonable measures to create and maintain a safe and healthy working environment;
  • Proper management of seed and varieties;
  • Consideration for the environment in leaf tobacco production through conservation of forestry, soil, water resources, biodiversity and ongoing improvement of energy efficiency;
  • Adoption of techniques including Integrated Pest Management (IPM)*3 practices, aiming at reduced use of CPA's in the control of diseases, infestation of harmful insects and weed control;
  • Management practices which contribute to avoiding Non Tobacco Related Material (NTRM) or any other contaminants;
  • Sustainable grower incomes through responsible pricing principles and practices; and
  • Management of transportation and storage practices that ensure quality and integrity of leaf tobacco is maintained.

In order to achieve these objectives, we educate and train relevant employees in the JT Group, our contracted growers and any people involved in our leaf tobacco production on an ongoing basis.

In addition to leaf procured directly from contracted growers, we also purchase leaf tobacco from third party suppliers*4. In this leaf tobacco procurement process through third party suppliers, we conduct business in accordance with "JT Group Responsible Procurement Policy" and we will also encourage such suppliers to follow "JT Group Principles in Leaf Tobacco Production".


  • *1 Leaf tobacco processing:
    To separate the lamina portion of tobacco from the stem and pack tobacco for storage and transportation.
  • *2 Good Agricultural Practice (GAP):
    Agricultural practices which produce a quality crop while protecting, sustaining or enhancing the environment with regard to soil, water, air, animal and plant life, and which aim at ensuring sustainable, economically viable production of usable tobacco.
  • *3 Integrated Pest Management (IPM):
    A sustainable approach to managing pests, diseases and weeds by combining biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools in a way that minimizes health and environment risks.
  • *4 Third party supplier:
    A supplier who supplies processed packed tobacco to manufactures or any non-tobacco producer who produces green leaf for onward sale to a tobacco manufacture. (End)

For further information on our initiatives to end child labor in communities where we procure tobacco, please refer to the link below.

Working to end child labor(JTI)