Our Employment Principles


Our Employment Principles are a set of global principles which set out a common approach to our companies' development of policies and procedures, while recognising that each company must take account of local labour law and practice and the local political, economic and cultural context.

British American Tobacco, along with all other BAT operating companies, has committed to the Employment Principles and we’re required to demonstrate that we are embedding them in the workplace. Our audit process monitors our compliance and also ensures that we strongly encourage key suppliers to meet similar standards.
Topics covered by our Employment Principles include:

  • Equality of opportunity and non-discrimination;
  • Internal communications and the free flow of ideas;
  • Worker representation and freedom of association;
  • Fairness at work and the unacceptability of harassment and bullying;
  • That we do not condone or employ child labour;
  • That forced or bonded labour is completely unacceptable;
  • Performance responsibility;
  • Health, safety and environmental responsibility;
  • Community contributions and skills development for employees and communities in markets where our companies operate;
  • Personal development and learning;
  • Reasonable working hours and family friendly policies;
  • Fair, clear and competitive remuneration and benefits.

Interested to learn more? Read our Employment Principles in full.