Supply chain

Building sustainable supply chains

Maintaining a well-managed supply chain is a priority for our business. All the stakeholders in our supply chain are equally important and essential to build a sustainable business. We work closely with them to reduce negative social and environmental impacts, based on a shared vision.

Our factories produce ready-made cigarettes, other tobacco products, and some of our Reduced-Risk Products. We purchase approximately half of our tobacco leaf from directly contracted growers, and the other half from tobacco leaf merchants. We don’t own any farms, and we don’t employ any growers directly.

In order to ensure the highest levels of sustainability and integrity across the supply chain, all of our suppliers are required to comply with our JT Group Supplier Standards. We select suppliers based on quality, service, and cost. This is reflected in our JT Group Responsible Procurement Policy. Our contracted tobacco leaf growers and merchants are also subject to the JT Group Principles in Leaf Tobacco Production and our Agricultural Labor Practices (ALP) program.

For more details, go to Supply chain policies and standards

Our commitment

We will reduce environmental and social risks, and enable transparent and responsible practices across our supply chain.

Our targets


We will implement our Agricultural Labor Practices (ALP) program in all sourcing countries by 2025.


We will screen all key suppliers against environmental, social, and governance criteria by 2023.


We will replace all wood from natural forests used in the tobacco curing process of our directly contracted growers with renewable fuel sources by 2030.


We will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our own operations by 35% and from our direct leaf supply chain by 40%, between 2015 and 2030.


We will reduce water withdrawal by 15% and waste by 20%, in relation to our own operations, between 2015 and 2030.

Reducing our environmental impact in manufacturing

Regarding our targets on ‘Greenhouse gas emissions’ and ‘Water and waste’, please find our approach in the Environment section.

For more details, go to Environmental impact of operations