We promote a strong culture of compliance and equip our employees to exercise sound business judgment when selecting suppliers. We work with suppliers who respect workers' rights; reduce costs and their environmental impact; and comply with our contracts and laws. Employees receive communications and training on topics such as antitrust, anti-bribery/anti-corruption and third-party vendor management.
As marketplace dynamics, our industry and our businesses change, we remain committed to enhancing our supply chains to provide a competitive advantage for our companies. Through continuing to foster diversity and inclusion within our supplier base, and ongoing collaboration with key stakeholders, we will be able to evolve our supply chains to be flexible, secure and sustainable for the long-term. Together, these actions allow us to meet societal expectations as a responsible company while developing strong supply chains for our future success.
Vice President, Procurement
"I am proud of the progress we have made this past year, including our focus on fostering diversity and inclusion in our supplier base, and the continued collaboration with stakeholders who are key to our supply chains."
Develop a Diverse Supplier Base
Supplier diversity contributes to our companies' success by generating new ideas, promoting different perspectives and providing a competitive advantage. We work with diverse suppliers, including minority, women, veteran and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-owned (LGBTQ) businesses. For many years, we've supported organizations including the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the Women's Business Enterprise National Council to increase business opportunities for their members.
Engaging with Stakeholders
We engage with our suppliers and other stakeholders to monitor and address opportunities and concerns within our supply chain. For our tobacco businesses, we work directly with growers, regulatory agencies, agricultural stakeholders and working groups like the Farm Labor Practices Group and GAP Connections to help growers, farm labor contractors and farmworkers better understand and comply with labor laws and regulations.