Creating a Safe Workplace
We're committed to designing and maintaining safe workplaces and facilities for our employees, contractors and visitors. Our priority is full compliance with all laws and regulations related to employee health and safety.
We pursue excellence in our safety processes by:
- providing training and education in the safe method of performing assigned duties;
- requiring our companies' facilities to use a systematic approach to workplace safety and health;
- meeting or exceeding federal, state, and local laws and regulations; and
- identifying and driving risk associated with workplace hazards and practices out of the business.
We are continually scanning for developments in safety and health standards, advancements in technology and changes in market conditions to update our policies, procedures and equipment. Across our companies, they are focused on complying with safety requirements, looking out for their teammates and are dedicated to maintaining an injury-free career.
Our “Injury-Free Career Culture” is an effort to eliminate injuries and fully engage employees in safety by:
- communicating safety through all avenues;
- applying internal safety requirements/guidelines;
- applying training in the workplace;
- participating in safety initiatives and the development of best practices;
- planning safety into business processes;
- recognizing and celebrating strong safety performance; and
- enforcing safety fairly and consistently.
Employee safety and well-being is a top priority. In the beginning of 2020, we took several steps to mitigate risk and protect the health of our employees, including travel restrictions, remote work for non-manufacturing salaried employees and contact tracing of positive COVID-19 cases.
At the same time, employee productivity and well-being are important to our continued success. Some employees simply can’t work effectively from home. By allowing a small number of salaried employees to return to our facilities while the rest of us continue to work remotely, we have been able to maximize productivity while minimizing health risk.
Enhanced Workplace Benefits & Policies
As the pandemic progressed, we added and enhanced benefits to help our employees and their families cope with the many challenges they faced and supported their financial, physical and emotional well-being.
We introduced a handful of other impactful benefits to support employees during this time, including:
- Flexible spending account relief
- Employer-paid student loan repayments (salaried employees only)
- Coverage for the COVID-19 vaccine, testing and treatment
- $200 COVID-19 vaccine incentive included in list of qualifying activities for company-provided Health Savings Account incentives
- Enhanced dependent care reimbursement program
- Enhanced Access to on-site Employee Assistance Program counseling services available by phone for Richmond-area employees
- Provided a one-time home office improvements stipend to qualified Richmond-based salaried employees
CommunitiesCircumstances in our communities changed quickly as schools and businesses closed and demands rose on health care, emergency response agencies and other basic systems serving those most vulnerable. As a leader in the community, Altria was poised to step up as a corporate citizen and donor.
Together with our community partners and local governments, Altria identified emerging priority needs in our headquarters and our companies' manufacturing communities and contributed an incremental $1 million to address immediate local relief needs, through regional response funds around the country. This included supporting funds like the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund established by the Community Foundation of Greater Richmond, supporting foodbanks serving our operating communities and providing support for nationwide first responses through the American Red Cross.
Many of our valued non-profit partners had been hard-hit by COVID-19, with disruptions to critical programs and funding streams. To help them through this time, we provided additional flexibility with the use of recent grant and sponsorship contributions to support general operating needs and we accelerated some upcoming payments. Our special investment responses to support the community through this crisis totaled more than $9 million.