Internal Training and Accountability.
Altria’s companies’ employees are required to comply with our Code of Conduct
, which states that Altria does not condone the unlawful employment of children in the workplace, nor does it condone forced labor. All employees receive training on the Code of Conduct and are asked annually to acknowledge their commitment to follow the Code. In addition, employees must comply with Altria’s internal Child Labor & Forced Labor Practices Policy, which prohibits the unlawful employment of children and use of forced labor, and promotes those objectives in its companies’ supply chains. Employees are required to incorporate appropriate contractual requirements prohibiting forced labor and requiring compliance with appropriate standards regarding the minimum age and treatment of child laborers. Altria’s Code of Conduct and policies are enforced through internal compliance training and audits. Our companies investigate allegations of non-compliance. If allegations are substantiated, they are addressed as appropriate, including training (or re-training) and employee discipline. In addition, employees working with domestic tobacco growers receive annual training on labor management and human rights. Altria companies do not conduct additional training specific to human trafficking or slavery for other supplier managers.