Supply Chain Responsibility

​Our Goal​
To work with diverse, high-quality suppliers to innovate and address societal issues within the supply chain. We work with suppliers to set clear expectations, monitor compliance and address societal concerns where we have a voice.​
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​Our Goal​
To work with diverse, high-quality suppliers to innovate and address societal issues within the supply chain. We work with suppliers to set clear expectations, monitor compliance and address societal concerns where we have a voice.​
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​Just before the sun begins to rise, Todd Glover checks the tobacco his workers picked from one of his many tobacco fields in Wilson, NC.
Curing tobacco is more science than art, he says. Making sure there’s just enough moisture in the tobacco at the right time, and conversely, that the tobacco has been dried out at the perfect moment, makes a difference in tobacco quality. And for Todd, delivering the highest quality tobacco for Philip Morris USA is important.
​Altria's companies work with thousands of suppliers like Todd to manufacture and market our products responsibly. We know reliable and responsible suppliers contribute to our success. Through ongoing communication, we encourage them to innovate and address societal issues while building long-term relationships.
When we work with suppliers, we:​
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Develop Long-Lasting Relationships​
​Open dialogue, shared expectations and honest feedback build strong relationships. We develop long-lasting relationships with suppliers who deliver high-quality goods and services, manage business risk, reduce costs and find innovative solutions to tough issues. We regularly conduct supplier reviews and share those findings with our suppliers.​
Develop a Diverse Supplier Base​
​Supplier diversity helps employees generate ideas, perspectives and solutions. Our Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program​ allows us to work with diverse businesses, including minority, women, veteran and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-owned businesses. That's why we've supported the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the Women's Business Enterprise National Council​ in their efforts to bolster the talent and skills of their members. We also exceeded our diversity spend goal of nine percent in 2016.​
​​Promote a Strong Culture of Responsibility​
​We train employees on compliance topics that affect our supply chain. These topics include antitrust, anti-bribery, anti-corruption and effective supplier management.
We communicate Altria's Supplier Code of Conduct​ to suppliers. We also support programs that improve supply chain performance beyond regulatory compliance requirements.​
Monitor and Assess Supplier Performance​
​Our monitoring programs help keep our tobacco growers and suppliers accountable for their actions. These programs include assessments, remediation plans and follow-up.​
We prioritize our monitoring, assessments and remediation where there's country risk, supplier criticality, brand risk and where we can improve supply chain compliance.​
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Communicating With Growers
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Communicating With Growers
American tobacco is the backbone of our products. A secure supply of domestic tobacco is important to our business. We purchase tobacco from several thousand farmers, and we need enough amounts of the right types and grades of tobacco to make our products. 

Our Tobacco Leaders Program encourages consistent, high-quality tobacco, innovation, efficiency and open communications between us and our growers.

We enhance the Tobacco Leaders Program terms and conditions annually to reflect new business needs while establishing standards that promote sustainable agriculture.​
Progress
  • 2000
    Philip Morris USA launched a direct-contracting program, now known as the Tobacco Leaders Program.
  • 2004
    PM USA formally launched its Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) program.
  • 2008
    PM USA created a grower scorecard to communicate grower performance on contractual requirements.
  • 2008
    PM USA established a company grower representative team to build stronger relationships between the company and contracted growers.
  • 2010
    Altria and its companies created and published a Supplier Code of Conduct.
  • 2012
    Altria's tobacco companies worked with others to develop the U.S. Tobacco GAP Handbook.
  • 2013
    PM USA supported the development of GAP Connections, which provides governance and oversight of the U.S. Tobacco GAP Handbo​ok and related grower education programs.
  • 2015
    Altria required GAP training for growers including the prevention of Green Tobacco Sickness​ and heat stress. Also, Altria supported programs to provide this training to workers.​​
Human Rights Framework
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Human Rights Framework
Respect for people is fundamental to the way we conduct business.

The 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work​ inform our principles and policies for employees and our expectations of suppliers.​

Child & Forced Labor
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Child & Forced Labor
​Altria's companies are committed to tackling concerns about child labor in tobacco farming. We don’t condone the unlawful employment of children, nor do we condone forced labor.

Although Altria's tobacco companies don’t own or operate tobacco farms, we respect human rights within our supply chain. Our companies discuss their expectations with suppliers and require them to accept responsibility for their labor practices. Our grower contracts establish a minimum employment age at 16 years with limited exceptions granted based on local, state and federal laws.

Green Tobacco Sickness
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Green Tobacco Sickness
It's possible for farmers and their workers to come in contact with wet tobacco when working in tobacco fields. Without proper protection, someone can become sick if the nicotine in the tobacco plant is absorbed through the skin. We’re working with growers on growing and harvesting tobacco safely, in compliance with all laws and regulations.