British American Tobacco has reported that it is publishing today its latest ‘Value Shared’ sustainability summary report describing how ‘the company is investing in a sustainable future for its business and society’.
In a note posted on its website, BAT said: ‘The new report covers how, in 2014, the company has enhanced its approach with the development of a new sustainability agenda focused on the most important issues for the business and its stakeholders – harm reduction, sustainable agriculture and farmer livelihoods, and corporate behaviour – with clear commitments to:
* ‘Research, develop and promote a range of less risky alternatives to regular cigarettes;
* ‘Work to enable prosperous livelihoods for all farmers who supply tobacco leaf;
* ‘Operate to the highest standards of corporate conduct and transparency.’
“Sustainability is not a choice or something that is ‘nice to have’ – it is crucial to securing the future of our company and for creating shared value for our consumers, our shareholders and our stakeholders,” said chief executive Nicandro Durante.
More information and the report are at: www.bat.com/sustainability.
Philip Morris International is due to hold its Annual Meeting of Shareholders starting at 09.00 on May 6 in the Empire State Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt New York.
Details of the meeting are available at: www.pmi.com/investors.
With 7.3 million kg of flue-cured tobacco sold, grower prices in Zimbabwe this year, at US$2.23 per kg, are down by almost 22 percent on those of the corresponding period of the 2014 selling season.
And the prices paid during the early part of the 2014 season were themselves down by nearly 30 percent on those of the corresponding period of 2013.
By the end of the 2014 sales season, the average grower price was down by almost 14 percent on that of the 2013 season: US$3.17 per kg as against US$3.67 per kg.
The latest figures, which were provided by the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board and relayed by the TMA, indicated that growers had sold by March 20 7.3 million kg of flue-cured tobacco for US$16.2 million: for an average price of US$ 2.23.
During the corresponding period of 2014, growers had sold 9.3 million kg of flue-cured tobacco for US$26.5 million: for an average price of US$2.85 per kg.
Auction floor flue-cured tobacco sales up to March 20 stood at 2.5 million kg, which was sold for an average price of US$1.60 per kg. Sales were down from those of the corresponding period of 2014, when about 3.7 million kg of flue-cured tobacco was auctioned at an average price of US$2.42 per kg.
According to these figures, the average auction grower price was down by nearly 34 percent.
Meanwhile, contract flue-cured tobacco sales totaled 4.7 million kg at an average price of US$2.23 per kg, down from 6.6 million kg at an average price of US$3.14 per kg.
According to these figures, the average contract grower price was down by nearly 29 percent.
Health warnings are more effective when they suggest that cigarette consumption harms smokers and others, than when they suggest only that they harm smokers.
This is the conclusion of a pro-bono study that was initiated by the Neuromarketing Science & Business Association (NMSBA) and that was said to have used neuromarketing techniques.
The ‘Neuro Against Smoking (NAS) Project’ study was said by NMSBA in a press note issued through PRNewswire to have been held in 24 countries spanning six continents.
The study was said to have found that pictorial health warnings were more effective than were text messages only, no matter in which country they were applied.
And it found that warnings about harm done to the smoker and others were more effective than were warnings only about the harm done to smokers. Again, this finding held true no matter which country was being studied.
More details of the study are at: [http://www.nmsba.com/neuro-against-smoking]
The sale of unauthorized flue-cured tobacco will be allowed at auction floors in India, where currently leaf is being sold in Andhra Pradesh, according to a story in the Hindu, relayed by the TMA.
This was announced by the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman.
The government levies a penalty of 7.5 percent of the selling price plus Rs2 per kg for unauthorized flue-cured sold by registered growers, and 15 percent of the selling price plus Rs2 per kg for unauthorized flue-cured sold by unregistered growers.
Each registered flue-cured grower may sell a maximum of 270 kg.
British American Tobacco Malaysia has urged the public not to spread further a false cigarette price list that has turned up on social media, according to a story in The Star.
In a statement, the company said the price list was false and that a police report had been lodged over the matter.
“We therefore urge members of the public not to spread this false price list,” said the statement. The price list is believed to have been circulated on social media since March 24.
No further details were given.