About our reporting

Referenced guidelines

We have compiled our sustainability online content and non-financial information with reference to the principles of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Index Sustainability Reporting Standards. We defined the content of our non-financial information using a materiality assessment covering the entire JT Group.

Our GRI Standard Content Index shows the list of Universal Standard Disclosures and Specific Standard Disclosures for which we have provided related information, either in this report or in other public documents such as our Integrated Report. The identification of Specific Standard Disclosures is based on materiality assessments for the entire JT Group.

Notes on data

Our data in our sustainability online content covers January to December 2019, unless otherwise stated. In 2014, the JT Group moved its reporting period to the calendar year ending December 31. Until March 2014, the fiscal year for our Japanese domestic operations began on April 1 and ended on March 31. Historical data indicated with ‘FY’ covers those periods.

Although we report the overall JT Group figures wherever possible, in some areas this has not been possible. In such instances, we have made it clear to which part of the business the data applies.

We have shown how we calculate and consolidate compliance, human resources (HR), health and safety, environment and community investment data in our Basis of Reporting, which we will continue to update in the future.

The Japanese Yen exchange rates against the U.S. dollar (1 U.S. dollar = 109.03 Yen) used in this report are the same as those used in our consolidated financial reporting.

Scope of our data and information presented

Unless the content indicates otherwise, references in our sustainability online contents to ‘we,’ ‘us,’ ‘our,’ and ‘the JT Group’ are to Japan Tobacco Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries. References to ‘Torii Pharmaceutical’ are to Torii Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., our pharmaceutical subsidiary. References to ‘TableMark’ are to TableMark Co., Ltd., our processed food subsidiary, which manufactures and sells ambient and frozen foods, and its consolidated subsidiaries.

References to ‘Reduced-Risk Products’ and/or ‘RRP’ are to products with the potential to reduce the risks associated with smoking.

In our sustainability online content, we use the following scope annotations:

The entire JT Group, including subsidiaries: our international tobacco, Japanese domestic tobacco, pharmaceutical and processed food business

Solely our Japanese domestic tobacco and pharmaceutical business: Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT)
(excludes our international tobacco business, processed food business, and subsidiaries of all businesses)

Our Japanese operations, including subsidiaries of Japanese domestic businesses: Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) and Japanese domestic Group companies (excludes our international tobacco business)

Our Japanese domestic tobacco and pharmaceutical businesses: Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT); and our international tobacco business: Japan Tobacco International (JT)

Solely our international tobacco business: Japan Tobacco International (JTI)

The JT Group

External verification and assurance

The information in our sustainability online content is not externally assured, although some of the information within it has been externally verified, such as the environmental data and occupational health and safety data of our international tobacco business.

Environmental data of Group-wide Scope 1 and 2 GHG data, some Scope 3 GHG data, energy consumption, which includes renewable electricity, water withdrawal, and waste-related data have been externally assured.

In the future, we will consider expanding the scope of assurance of our non-financial data in our sustainability online content.

Changes in structure, size, or ownership

There were no significant changes in 2019.

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